Art telling stories in Libya

A gallery tour in the midst of a revolution? Yes indeed, if you’re in Benghazi, Libya.  Check out video footage of an anti-Gadhafi art gallery featuring images drawn by anti-government protesters, most depicting the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.  The gallery has been called makeshift, and who knows how long these ephemeral works really will remain intact and in Benghazi.  There’s immense value in these pictures as a medium to understand what’s going on right now in Libya, especially when drawn by Libyans’ own hands. We may not understand the Arabic writing, but there are other symbols we can recognize. It’s  a privilege to see these newly created images made to share the protesters’ stories to each other and the international media.  A picture is worth a thousand words after all, right?

A local iman, Salem Jaber, delivered a sermon to about 8,000 people of Benghazi at prayer services on February 25, 2011.  Jaber told the crowd “we want a white revolution…Kadhafi wants to turn it red — but we will not allow that. This is a revolution made by the people. From now, no one will rule except the people.”

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

Defending the Rivers of the Amazon

Check out this amazing video written by Zachary Hurwitz, son of Jeanne Salis, artist and educator, one of Cuentos’ original founding members. Take action also!
Sigourney Weaver Narrates New Google Earth Animation on Brazil’s Controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest. Amazon Watch and International Rivers have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, with technical assistance from Google Earth Outreach. The video is in support of Brazil’s Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre (Xingu River Forever Alive Movement). The tour allows viewers to learn about the harmful impacts of, and alternatives to the massive Belo Monte Dam Complex on the Amazon’s Xingu River. A Portuguese version of the video and tour, narrated by well-known Brazilian actor Dira Paes to be released soon.