Many have heard of the McAllen Creative Incubator, but most probably don’t know what it actually is. As McAllen grows as a creative community, many artists and entrepreneurs are looking for resources and spaces to craft their skills for commercial or personal growth. The McAllen Creative Incubator provides spaces for artists while they learn new approaches in creativity, leadership and innovation.

The Artists

Art with Rey Santiago

Artist and Instructor: Rey Santiago specializes in printmaking, drawing, photography, graphic design, ceramics and sculptures. He’s taught many how to express their creativity through a number of mediums.

Class Times
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Rey at 956.369.2114 or visit his website.

Ivan Quiroga

Designer and Photographer: Merging his creative and vibrant flair for business with polished graphics and custom design work, Ivan Quiroga has crafted beautiful works through his photographs. This UTPA graduate will draw you in with his personality and impress you with his craft. If you need help with promoting your business or simply have questions, call 956.648.6259 or email him at ivanroq15@gmail.com.

Draw & Paint with Aurora Vite

Artist: Aurora Vite is an award-winning artist that’s been taking the Rio Grande Valley by storm. After winning first place for her photography artwork at McAllen’s Art Council Fine Art Exhibit in 2016, she showed no sign of slowing down. Her work is known for animal realism and color abstracts in mixed media. She also teaches classes in her Draw and Paint After School Program!

Class Times
Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

For more information, contact Aurora at 956.569.1915 or at aaurori77@gmail.com.

Virginia Haynie Gause

Travel Writer: An established and talented writer, Virginia Haynie Gause has been alluring readers with the wonders of Texas’s cities and Mexico. Her next book, The Trailblazer’s Guide to the Rio Grande Valley, will include all four Valley counties and feature local hotspots, restaurants and much more. With her 42 years of experience as UTPA’s librarian, she’s using her expertise to help fill in the chapters of her book so that residents and tourists can enjoy the Valley to the fullest.

Working with her many connections, she will offer writer’s workshops about four times a year. Call or email her for current class times at 956.358.3915 or at vhgause@gmail.com.

Colibrí Music Studio with Carol Brown

Choir Director: Assisting choir students from first through ninth grades, Carol Brown has created the musical harmony of Colibrí Music Studio and Children’s Choir. Students for Colibrí Children’s Choir are selected based on their desire to sing, aural and vocal potentials, willingness to work hard and ability to learn quickly. Colibrí Children’s Choir performs at least two concerts each year.

For information on private voice lessons, music classes for homeschooling groups, summer choir camp or membership in the children’s choir, please visit the studio’s official website.


Dania Olivares

Artist: Following her passion for art, Dania Olivares has been enticing hundreds of people with Doko Casual Art. You can see her work in various areas, including Roosevelt’s at 7 and Sabor Amor. Her artwork has also drawing attention with showings in Houston and Austin.

Visit her website for more information.


Porcelain Hand Painting with Miriam Smith

Artist: Porcelain paintings come to life with Miriam Smith. Along with the International Porcelain Artists and Teacher Incorporation, she has studied alongside other distinguished talents like Barbara Jensen and Jene Harpor. With hand-painted porcelain art slowly disappearing, she teaches hand-painted porcelain art to pass on to future generations.

Miriam offers her classes at her studio on a flexible schedule to small numbers of students. For more information, contact her at 559.381.8094.

South Valley Performing Arts Studio

Vocal Coach: South Valley Performing Arts Studio has been transforming young actors, musicians and aspiring singers into polished and talented artists. A singer and songwriter himself, Victor Hurtado uses his degree in Communications and 26 years of experience as a singer/radio announcer to teach future artists to master their craft. Victor and his partners at SVPA Studio, which include Latin Grammy winner Tato Henriquez, dance instructor Erik González and acting coach Lucia Macias, will host a variety of workshops focusing on singing, guitar-playing, piano-playing, songwriting, acting, choreography, radio announcing, parade modeling and personality classes.

For information on classes, please call 956.250.3356 or visit the studio’s Facebook page.

MATICES Art Classes with Martha Hinojosa and Coco Salinas

Martha and Coco, founders of MATICES Art Studio, have been intriguing adults, teens and children with their morning and evening classes. Teaching a range of topics that include acrylic painting, theory of color and introduction to drawing has allowed this dynamic duo to instill a philosophy onto others that art facilitates are integral and harmonious to the development of human qualities. Classes are offered on Monday, Thursday and Friday. They’re each an hour and a half long and include necessary materials! To register, please contact Martha at 956.739.3869 or Coco at 956.451.0440.

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