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is a community arts studio in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Formerly known as Pros Arts Studio—an organizational rebranding took place in late 2012—the name has changed but our mission remains the same!

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34th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration: Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush

This year, ElevArte Community Studio’s 34th Annual Day of the Dead celebration: Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush is the first of a three-year community wellness campaign. Current research by the Consortium To Lower Obesity In Chicago Children (CLOCC) states that “children in Pilsen have a much higher obesity prevalence rate than US children of similar ages,” and ElevArte has chosen to use their signature event as a platform to advance and support national efforts on issues of health education. Held on Friday, November 1st @ Dvorak Park in the Pilsen neighborhood: the evening features a community procession, spectacle and ancestral remembrance activities.

 

Monstrochika: Now Leading Tejer & Poder

Naomi Martinez, aka Monstrochika is ElevArte’s newest teaching artist, this fall she begins leading the popular Tejer y Poder program that starts on October 1st. The teen apprenticeship focuses on traditional and contemporary forms of fiber-arts as participants explore cultural identity, labor and social issues.