Chicago’s Southwest Side is home to many vibrant and unique Mexican-American communities. From fighting the pressures of gentrification, to promoting pride through street festivals, artists are leading urgent movements for visibility and change. Activists and artists Irvin Ibarra and Silvia Morales, from Pilsen and Little Village respectively, bring the pride and pressures of their neighborhoods to life with an interactive festival in the MCA Commons. Visit tents highlighting the history of Casa Aztlan, the role of coffee shops in gentrification, the challenges of college access for students with and without documents, and more.
Youth-led events, highlighting youth voices and open to visitors of all ages, are organized by Chicago artists under 21 with the support of the MCA’s Manager of Youth and Family Programs Grace Needlman.