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Día del Niño | Celebration of Children

April 27, 202411:00 am - 2:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public with registration. Walk-ups are also welcomed.

This off-site event takes place at Saucedo Elementary School, 2850 W. 24th Blvd.

About the Event

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces its Día del Niño (Day of the Children) celebration, a neighborhood program that encourages participation in the arts beyond the museum.

This free event in the Little Village neighborhood will showcase local vendors, art, and performances at Saucedo Elementary School on April 27, 2024 from 11am–2 pm.

Families are invited to partake in a day of art and fun while learning about migrant experiences and the many communities that call Chicago home. Participating artists include Mr. Pintamuro, Salvador Andrade, Sabina Ángeles from The Jacobo María Ángeles Workshop in Oaxaca, and more. MCA Educators will also be present to facilitate activities.

Raffles will take place during the celebration, with prizes including two pairs of General Admission tickets to the Sueños Music Festival.

This event is free and open to the public with registration. Walk-ups are also welcomed.

Learn more about our family-centered programs at the MCA, like our monthly Family Days, Sensory-Friendly Mornings, and more.

Programming

These all-day events and activities will be available throughout the school.

 1st floor 

Auditorium

  • Performances by Trio Ruby
  • DJ set by Stephanie Manriquez, aka Fanita Banana from Lumpen Radio
  • Mexican folkloric dance with Pamela Nanet

Gymnasium

  • Bouncy houses and sports activities by the Chicago White Sox 

2nd floor 

Cafeteria

  • Discounted small bites by La Michoacana Premium Pilsen presented by the Pilsen Chamber of Commerce
  • Free food from Los Comales presented in partnership with the Little Village Chamber of Commerce
  • Aguas frescas (free for children, $5 for adults) by Big Mich
  • Performance by Payasito Guapetin

Classrooms

  • Natural dye workshop with Sabina Ángeles
  • A collaborative installation with found objects, discarded food materials, and handpress with Salvadore Andrade
  • An illustration workshop based on anime characters, as well as Aztec and Mayan storytelling, by Mr. Pintamuro
  • A Sueños-led workshop that focuses on participants’ own hopes and dreams

 

Additionally, MCA Educators will lead four different activities that relate to current and past MCA exhibitions, such as kaleidoscope-making inspired by artist Maryam Taghavi’s sculptures, a story quilt activity inspired by artist Faith Ringgold, a make-your-own flag activity inspired by the entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico exhibition, plus a make-your-own zine activity. 

About the Artists

Mr. Pintamuro is from Little Village in Chicago. Mr. Pintamuro is renowned for merging manga and Indigenous motifs into his narratives. With vibrant murals along 26th Street, his work not only celebrates cultural heritage but also ignites dialogue and change within and beyond his community. 

Salvador Andrade was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and raised in the Chicagoland area. He is a trained printmaker who works primarily in painting, drawing, and installation. As a fourth-generation migrant laborer, he contends with the erasure and commodification of his family’s culture, history, and traditions due to economic duress imposed by neoliberal policies and draconian immigration policies. His work draws potency from ancestral influences connected to intergenerational knowledge, folklore, hand crafts, syncretic belief systems, and vernacular traditions.  

The Jacobo María Ángeles Workshop, established in 1994 in San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, specializes in crafting figures from copal wood known as “tonas” and “nahuales.” Rooted in communal principles, the workshop fosters various projects in gastronomy, bioconservation, and material exploration—including ceramics and jewelry—all underscored by a commitment to sustainability and community engagement. Jacobo and María Ángeles’s master craftsmanship has garnered international recognition, leading to participation in exhibitions, conferences, and competitions across Mexico and beyond. 

Stephanie Manriquez is the executive producer and educator at Yollocalli Arts Reach, where she leads the Your Story, Your Way audio journalism program for youth and produces the organization’s radio programs.A Mexico City native, Stephanie has also reported on issues including adult education, literacy, housing, mental health and migration. While rooted at the National Museum of Mexican Art, her work involves close partnerships with many community organizations, including: Casa Aztlán, Frida Kahlo Community Organization, Elevarte Community Studios and the Resurrection Project.

Pamela Nanét and her brother, Ash Ernesto, began their Mexican folkloric dance journey in 2011. Through their involvement in danza, they formed a unique bond and established unforgettable relationships with other individuals and communities. They have danced with Ballet Folklorico Los Hermanos Avila, Ballet Nacional de Milwaukee, and Mexican Dance Ensemble, where they not only performed but also assumed either teaching or directing roles. In 2019, Pamela founded her own dance company, Itotia Mexica Xi, focusing on an inclusive approach to teaching ancestral duality. IMX has performed at renowned venues and cultural institutions throughout Chicago, collaborating with local folkloric and traditional dance groups.

Trio Ruby is a young group of musicians formed by Javier Martinez, Jose Zuñiga and Jesus Palafox. They are inspired by traditional Mexican folk songs and music that their parents and grandparents listened to. They believe that music from past generations needs to be conserved and celebrated today.

Funding

Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women’s Board Family Education Initiative.