Category Archives: Chicago

20th Annual Buy Nothing Day and Holiday Fair Trade

In its twentieth year of Black Friday anti-activity, Buy Nothing Day is teaming up with #Occupywallstreeet to create #Occupyxmas.  The idea of Buy Nothing Day is to opt out of the Black Friday shopping frenzy that benefits large corporations and to instead refrain from all consumer activities, to literally not buy anything for 24 hours.

However, the ability of some folks to live their lives and support their families depends on other people shopping.  For example, some fair trade artisans rely on foreign consumers to buy their hand made items in order to put food on the table and send their children to school.  If you’d like to purchase fair trade gifts for Christmas, Hanukah, and any other gift giving occasion this year, come to the Waldorf Holiday Fair, on December 3rd.

December 3, 2011
9 am – 5 pm
The Chicago Waldorf School
1300 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Chicago Waldorf Holiday Fair
Vendor Marketplace – unique holiday gifts and treasures
More information Contact Cuentos: 773 412 9838

The Saturday after Thanksgiving will also see alternative holiday shopping activities around the country: Small Business Saturday, a chance to support a local business.  A friend posted the following on Facebook in Colombia:

“Propongámonos comprar todos nuestros regalos de Navidad a través de emprendedores: La amiga que hace postres, la vecina que vende por catálogo, el artesano que hace aros, la amiga que vende por internet, el amigo que tiene su taller en casa. Hágamos que nuestro dinero llegue a personas comunes y no a grandes multinacionales y así, más personas tendrán una Feliz Navidad.

“We’re proposing to buy our own gifts this Christmas instead of buying from businesses: the friend that makes posters, the neighbor that sells by catalog, the artisan who makes rings, the friend that sells on the internet, the friend who has a workshop in his house.  Let’s have our money get to people we know and not to big multinational companies, and this way more people will have a Merry Christmas.”

It’s something to think about.

Fair Trade Lives on the Day of the Dead!

Come celebrate the continued growth of the fair trade movement at this year’s annual Globalfest, Friday, October 28th, 6:00pm-9:30pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 18th St, Chicago.  You will have the opportunity to view the National Museum of Mexican Art museum’s Dia de Muertos(Day of the Dead) exhibit and support Chicago Fair Trade.

Come sip on fair trade wine, cocktails, and the delicious Vida y Muerte ale.  I was lucky enough to try this brew, made special for Day of the Dead, at an underground supper club in Pilsen, and it is my absolute fall favorite.  It’s also made here in Chicago by 5 Rabbits brewery.

In addition to imbibing fair trade and local beverages, you will be able to hear Edison Mamallacta’s story.  Mr. Mamallacta, the Marketing Director for the Kallari Association of Kichwa cacao growers, will be there to tell it himself, all the way from Ecuador.  The Kallari Association of Kichwa cacao growers are a cooperative that not only grows cacao beans but also produces chocolate bars from those very same beans.  Then open your ears to stories from ten more  Chicago fair trade businesses who source products in Latin America.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

July 16 and 17th, 12-7PM
Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road, Evanston.
Free admission!!

Come check out a very extensive sampling of artisanal items from around the world.  The City of Evanston has provided a list of all the ethnicities that will be represented at the festival.

You can visit the Cuentos Foundation booth at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival and see beautiful new fair trade items from the amazing copper smithing community of Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico.

Join our community and spread the good word! Art that gives voice !
Public transportation: Dawes Park is located just a few blocks west of the Davis Street Metra and CTA stations. Dawes Park is located between Davis and Church Streets on the lakefront.

Sheridan Road construction update

There is a very good chance that construction on Sheridan Road will be completed before Saturday, July 16, 2011. Those driving to the festival from the north are able to enter the NU parking lot (which is three blocks north of Dawes Parkl) with no problem. If you are driving from the south, please check this page closer to the festival dates for an update on potential detours.

If you are driving to the festival from the south:

Take Sheridan Road to Church Street. To park, continue past the festival grounds to the NU parking lot 3 blocks north of the festival at the bend in the road (look for the signs). Continue driving straight into the parking lot (do not take the curve to the left). A free shuttle bus will travel between the garage and the festival grounds.

If you are driving to the festival from the north:

Take Sheridan Road and stay in the left lane as you travel past Northwestern University, because Sheridan jogs to the left (if you go straight you will be on Chicago Avenue). In about two blocks, you will see the NU parking garage entrance on your left, just before the road jogs to the right. A free shuttle bus will travel between the garage and the festival grounds.


Colectivo la Colmena(Beehive Collective) will be at Centro Autónomo, 3640 W. Lawrence Ave, on Friday, March 18th at 6:30pm, to present Free Trade and stories of global resistance to corporate colonialism. If you have not yet been awed by a … Continue reading

Winter Warmer Dance Party

January 13, 7:00pm – 2:00am                       1637 W. North Ave

Time to polish those dancing shoes! Warm up with Cuentos  this Thursday at the Wicker Well.

Come for the live music with DJ Jimmy James, the bake sale,  fair trade art from Santa Clara del Cobre and Oaxaca Mexico, $5 drink tickets (proceeds go to Cuentos), and an all night dance party!

We need you there!

Your support helps Cuentos to provide cultural programming promoting diversity, promote the fair trade copper initiative in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico, and fiscally sponsor numerous cultural organizations (Chiapas Media Project, Puech Ikots, Radios Populares)

December Art and Celebrations

A weekend of opportunities awaits! Cuentos will be among a great deal of art  to warm your soul this weekend at the Waldorf Holiday Fair.  Come shop and enjoy live music at the Waldorf Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 4th, 9am – 4pm at 1300 W. Loyola Ave.  The following day will also be full of holiday gift gazing at Gallery B1E, Sunday, December 5th, 9am – 4pm at 6902 N. Glenwood Ave.

In just two weeks you’ll have the chance to learn more about Mexican art and artists at  the Holiday Celebration in Support of Artists in Mexico.  Come join us on Saturday, December 11, 6pm – 11pm at the Calles y Sueños Art Gallery, 1901 S. Carpenter St.  The evening will include a live performance by Benjamín Anaya y los Extraños Unidos, DJ Sarvelio spinning Cuban classics, videos of artists at work, complimentary food and cash bar,  as well as art from Oaxaca (Puech Ikots) and Michoacan (Cuentos Foundation) for
purchase.  A $10 donation to enter will be asked.

Raising Glasses, Raising Funds

Puech Ikots held a successful fundraiser on Sunday for one of the organization’s artists whose house was lost in the recent mudslide in Oaxaca.  Drinks were had and churros were eaten in plenty at Danny’s, all adding up to support Patricio and his family.  The proceeds from the event were sent to Oaxaca on Monday morning. A special congratulations to the armadillo raffle winner!

Thank you Industrial Harvest for the free flour I used to make pumpkin bread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for the accompanying bake sale.

Radios Populares Undead Air

Radios Populares cordially invites you to listen to…

October 22  8pm
1430 W Leland

Corner of Leland and Dover
Red Line to Wilson
Clark 22 bus to Leland

A night of radio resurrection….
– Updates and videos from Latin America
– Discussion about local and national low-power radio movements and legislation
– Upcoming projects and workshops in Latin America and Chicago

Food and Drinks with a Donation! Raffle Prizes and Radios Populares T-Shirts for sale!

“Whoever said that radio is dead is probably dead.”

Please RSVP to so we can plan ahead…..don’t be scared….

Special thanks to our fiscal sponsor: Cuentos Foundation

Leaf it to you!

“The Tree of Life” collaborative project invites you to create your own leaf (no larger than 8 x 10) in any medium to contribute to the work of Alfred Li Tsao and Dayanara Garcia, two artists involved with the Cuentos Foundation community.  Individuals, artists, children, school and social groups are invited to submit their leaves to be included in the Footprints Along the Journey Exhibit at The Art School/Gallery G. 348 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022 847.242.0104

Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 2010, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public, suggested donation $5

“Each artwork created by the artist will narrate the story of the artist’s family background and culture and how he/she grew into the person they are in the present. The artwork will explain how everything is connected and inextricably linked, the past, present, and future. It is important to envision how these connections are made. You cannot arrive at the future without understanding and learning from the past. Leaving our footprints behind dictate where we will go.”

When and where to drop off/mail your leaf:

in person: Oct. 9 Andersonville Galleria 5247 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640  1-3 pm  &   Oct. 16-17 Plaza Del Lago Shopping Center 1515 Sheridan Rd. Wilmette, IL 60091 3 pm-closing

post: D. Garcia/Footprints 7761 N.Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626

Armadillo Raffle!

This beautiful hand-carved wooden armadillo could be yours! Raffle tickets are being sold for $1.00 at the Summer & Fulbright Fundraiser and Going Away Party this Saturday at Gallery Colibri.

Also to be raffled off…an amazing museum quality Santa Clara del Cobre hammered copper art vessel!  Your purchase of a $10 raffle ticket (or six tickets for $50) will support Cuentos and Santa Clara traditional family coppersmith studios.  This piece was made by Napoleon Perez Pamatz, and it is a Phoenix Rising.

Doors open at 8pm

Colibri Studio/Gallery 2032 W 18th Street

(between Damen Ave and Hoyne Ave) Chicago, IL 60608

$10.00 donation at the door includes food, cash bar, dj, and live music

For more information please see our Facebook event page

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