Julio Garcia and his wife Guadalupe Garcia pose next to their car on 16th and Carpenter in front of what is now the Chantico Lofts. Their daughter Rosalba Duarte says, "The car was my dad's, 1965 Pontiac. They had a thing for taking photos with their cars!"
In 1967 Javier Prado along with his friends and cousins pose for a photo in the alley next to 1012 W 19th St., a regular hangout for the group. In the picture (from left to right) we see Javier Prado, Jose Cervantes, Reynaldo Martinez, Antonio Aguilar, and Bernardo Alcaraz.
I was introduced to ElevArte Community Studio and the We Are Hip Hop Youth Festival program in 2014. When I first joined the program I wasn’t aware of what hip-hop really was. I looked at it as another cool genre. At ElevArte we learned about the five elements of hip-hop and my appreciation started to grow. This year I am once again part of the festival management team. As I reflect on my time here, the following are the many powerful things that I learned from hip-hop.Read More No Comments
An ally is someone that stands up for the rights of someone else even if they are not a part of that group. We can be allies to young girls when we call out sexist content on social media and we can be allies when we mentor and create meaningful relationships with young girls.Read More No Comments
This week marks Maria Leon’s first official week in the Executive Director role at ElevArte.Read More 1 Comment
Maria Leon is the new Executive Director at ElevArte Community Studio, a creative youth development organization in Pilsen. Leon is poised to lead the growth of ElevArte’s free arts programs in Chicago’s Southwest communities including Back of the Yards and Brighton Park.Read More No Comments
After a seven-year tenure with ElevArte Community Studio, Giselle Mercier steps down from her role as Executive Director. She plans to move back to Panama, her birthplace and where she will continue her work in youth development and supporting opportunities for artistic and educational exchanges.Read More No Comments
I often hear grown folks saying how this generation is backwards. The commentary is sometimes accompanied by an internet meme that takes swipes at present-day slang being used by youth, current music or simply the amount of technology that youth use. Aside from the layer of adultism that comes with remarks like this, let's take a minute to remember that every youth generation had its questionable moments.Read More 1 Comment
Language is a vital part of movement building, and words become even more important when it comes to terms of identity. As the youth-development movement grows, we must pay close attention our language and the way we identify those we serve.Read More 1 Comment
In the winter of 1967 the band members of The Ravens posed for a photo on Cullerton and Laflin.Read More 3 Comments
Juanita Lopez had her photo taken in 1965 during her baby shower while she was pregnant with son Ben Lopez. This photo was taken at the 1700 block of 21st Place where she lived with her husband and children.
On Easter of 1954 the Jimenez family gathered for a photo in front of their home on Allport St. in Pilsen.Read More 5 Comments