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Please join Cuentos Foundation in welcoming our fiscally sponsored partner,Puech Ikots, to Chicago in this wonderful event! The founder of Puech Ikots, Carlos Orozco, is a Oaxacan of Ikoots descent who founded the organization in 2009 order to provide opportunities to artisans and artists in pueblos found in various areas of the state of Oaxaca. In this public workshop at the Loyola University Museum of Art, Carlos will focus on the traditional art style of the alebrije. See event for more details and we hope to see you there!

The Art of Alebrijes: A Cultural Tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico

Puech Ikots (which translates as "Words of Our People" in the Huave, or Ikoots, language of Oaxaca, Mexico) is a joint Mexican-American art project and collective created to contribute to the self-determination and economic independence of indigenous pueblos in Oaxaca, as well as promote the art and culture of Oaxaca. The founder of Puech Ikots, Carlos Orozco, is a Oaxacan of Ikoots descent who founded the organization in 2009 order to provide opportunities to artisans and artists in pueblos found in various areas of the state of Oaxaca.

In this public workshop at the Loyola University Museum of Art, Carlos will focus on the traditional art style of the alebrije. Alebrijes are brightly colored Oaxacan folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, hand carved from wood and hand painted. Carlos will discuss the cultural significance and history of alebrijes. He will explain the process of alebrije creation, from the harvesting, preparation and treating of the wood to the carving and painting of the final work. He will also talk about the Puech Ikots project itself — its history, its goals, and the artists who make up its members. Finally, he will demonstrate the wood carving technique employed by artists to create alebrijes. 

Simpson Lecture Hall · Free Admission
Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 PM - 7 PM

Loyola University Museum of Art
820 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611


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El arte como un acto de libertá

Please join Cuentos Foundation in collaboration with Calles y
Sueños-Chicago as we present a visual testimony by Calles y Sueños
co-founder Jose David.

Enjoy music, food, and art as we celebrate the legacy of Calles y Sueños
in both Oaxaca and Chicago. Art by Oaxacan artists Cesar Martinez and
Ernesto Cabrera Valdiveso will be for sale, as well as prints by Nicolas
de Jesus.

Proceeds from the event will continue to support Calles y Sueños
Culturarte Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as support the opening of
a new cultural space in Oaxaca in 2015.

Saturday, June 28 at 7:00pm
1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL

Convivencia y charla con la doctora Aline Hemond y el maestro Nicolás de Jesús

Nicolas de Jesus, "La Comida"

Please join Cuentos Foundation and "Calles y Sueños"-Chicago in a celebration of art, music, food and a discussion with Nicolás de Jesús; a poetry performance by Jose David; and a presentation by anthropologist Dr. Aline Hemond of the University of Paris. More details to follow soon!

Los invitamos a que nos acompañen "Cuentos Foundation" "Calles y Sueños" Chicago a una celebración de arte, música, poesía y comida y una charla con el maestro Nicolas de Jesús; lectura de poesía por José David de la poeta Zapoteca Irma Pineda; y una presentación de la antropóloga de la universidad de Paris Dr. Ailne Hemond. Pronto les enviaremos mas detalles.

From Elmhurst College: Nicolas de Jesus is an internationally known printmaker from Mexico. He is a full-blooded Nahua Indian who descends from a long line of artisans. De Jesus is a defender of the rights of indigenous peoples and the themes of struggle and celebration constantly inform his work. Many of his etchings feature skeletons (calaveras) playing out the human comedy. This form of satirical social satire dates back to the 19th century and was made popular by the famous Mexican printmaker, Jose Guadalupe Posada. Nicolas de Jesus is the greatest living exponent of this form.

From Wikipedia: Nicolas de Jesus is a Mexican artist from the Nahua region of Guerrero, Mexico. His work carries themes of Mexican rural life as well as politics and world events. The celebration Dia de los Muertos is a common subject in his art. Nicolás de Jesús developed his art through his parents and his community of Ameyaltepec. There painting on bark paper is the preferred medium of expression of local traditions. His work reflects the spectrum of his experiences from his origins in a traditional Mexican Village to the complex problems of Mexican immigrants in the United States and his concern for preserving his cultural identity. ... The reoccurring theme in Amayaltepec amates is everyday village life—its celebrations and beliefs. After moving to Chicago in the 1980s, de Jesús additionally started to depict urban life in U.S. barrios in the same manner.

Saturday, June 14 at 4:00pm to 8:00pm
1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL

ALAÍDE FOPPA: Poeta, feminista, comunicadora, revolucionaria

MICHELE FEDER-NADOFF: Between Heaven & Earth

Cuentos founder Michele Feder-Nadoff's next show will open at the Rockford Art Museum on January 18th and run through April 14. It will include highlights of artist/artisans from Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, especially the studio of the grand Maestro Jesus Perez Ornelas, with whom Michele is currently studying. Please don't miss this important event!

Cuentos Foundation Summer Film Series

Hosted by Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter
Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

MISSING (by Costa Gavras, 1982)
"Missing" is based on the true story of American journalist Charles
Horman, who disappeared in the bloody aftermath of the US-backed
Chilean coup of 1973 that deposed leftist president Salvador Allende.

Please join Cuentos for the final installment of our summer film
series, "Missing".

Film screening begins at 7:30 pm, followed by
group discussion

Cuentos Foundation presents Profesora Judith Solís Téllez of the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, México

Cuentos Foundation presents Profesora Judith Solís Téllez of the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, México
* "Atoyac: Memorias de la Represión" *
A presentation on the "guerra sucia" in Guerrero, Mexico in the 1960s and 70s
Thursday August 2nd, 2012, 7 pm
La Casa de Arte y Cultura Calles y Sueños
1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL

Cuentos Foundation Summer Film Series

Cuentos Foundation Summer Film Series
Hosted by Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 pm
OUTDOOR SCREENING (weather permitting)

ESPIRAL (Oaxaca, 2008)
Years after leaving their loved ones behind in Oaxaca to find a better life in the United States, two men return to find the patriarchal village they left has irrevocably changed…

Please join Cuentos for the 3rd installment of our summer film series, "Espiral"
Film screening begins at 7:30 pm, followed by group discussion

hosted by Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago
Saturday june 16, 7:30 pm
Film: "L'America" (Italy, 1994)

Summary: An opportunistic Italian swindler heads to Albania and finds himself involved with the life of an impoverished local in this somber political drama.

Please join Cuentos Foundation for the first film in our summer film series, "Sin Nombre"
Film screening begins at 7:30, followed by a group discussion

Cuentos Spring Celebration

Hosted by Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago
Saturday May 19, 7:30 pm
Film: "Sin Nombre" (2009)

Summary: Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

Please join Cuentos Foundation for the first film in our summer film series, "Sin Nombre"
Film screening begins at 7:30, followed by a group discussion

Cuentos Spring Celebration

Please join Cuentos Foundation at Calles y Sueños (1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago)

on Sunday March 4th from 2-5 pm.

We will be having a reception and send-off for Michele Feder-Nadoff as she heads off to Mexico to begin a PhD program. We will also be welcoming Jennifer Smith as the new Executive Director of Cuentos, and Michael Huft as the new Cuentos President.

There will be a special live performance by Laura Crotte, and fair trade art from Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan and Oaxaca for sale.

This is an exciting time for Cuentos as we reorganize and usher in a new phase! Please join us and celebrate!

Cuentos Holiday Open House Sale


Cuentos Holiday Trunk Show and Open House
Come see new Fair Trade from Santa Clara del Cobre and Puech Ikots Collective/ Oaxaca Carved and Painted wonders!
Unique Art and Jewelry

Cuentos Holiday Trunk Show and Open House
Come see new Fair Trade from Santa Clara del Cobre and Puech Ikots Collective/ Oaxaca Carved and Painted wonders! Unique Art and Jewelry

December 11th, 2011

1118 West Loyola Avenue, #3
Chicago, IL 60626
773 412 9838

Loyola Redline stop, 155, 147, 151 bus stops
Come by and toast the season!

More information Contact Cuentos: 773 412 9838


Cuentos will be offering new fair trade copper art and jewelery from Santa Clara del Cobre
Chicago Waldorf Holiday Fair

Chicago Waldorf Holiday Fair
Vendor Marketplace - unique holiday gifts and treasures

December 3, 2011
9 am - 5 pm

The Chicago Waldorf School
1300 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.465.2662
Fax: 773.465.6648
More information Contact Cuentos: 773 412 9838

CWS Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 4

9am-5pm $5 admission for adults, students and children admitted free
Join us in celebrating the winter season with a visit to the annual Holiday Fair at the Chicago Waldorf School. Featuring vendors from around the country as well as local favorites, this event has built a reputation for unique hand-crafted items, a special “children-only” shopping room and activities for all ages ranging from jump rope making to candle dipping. There is also plenty of food and live entertainment to bring out the holiday cheer for you and your family. Join us and see for yourself why the Holiday Fair has become a tradition for so many families in the Chicago area. Check out our live entertainment schedule is below:

10:00- Miss Aimee Leigh
Kid participatory dancing, tail wagging and jumping around while Miss Aimee Leigh plays and strolls troubadour-like amongst you, all while strumming guitar and singing about youthful anti-ennui. A talented guitar player with a beautiful voice, Miss Aimee plays a huge repertoire of traditional, original and contemporary children’s music.
Miss Aimee Leigh provides high energy, interactive musical adventure with loads of participation in kid-friendly songs. Her CD, Can You Come Out and Play? features Waldorf students, Zoe & Eli Miller, in conversation and as chorus accompaniment on some songs. To read her reviews (and purchase her CD!!) please visit http://www.MissAimeeLeigh.com

11:00- The Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra
"thinking outside the music box"
This all-clarinet ensemble plays expert renditions of Jazz, classical, Dixieland, show tunes, pop, old holiday chestnuts, and maybe a few new surprises too. They use all members of the clarinet family from the very bottom of the BBb Contra Bass to the sopranino range of the "baby" Eb Piccolo Clarinet. Directed by Rick "lil Ricki" Kissinger, (private woodwinds instructor at Waldorf), the ensemble also includes Waldorf associate musical director,Jeff Spade, and early childhood teacher, Susan Bruck.
The Licorice Sticks perform at festivals and private venues in Chicago throughout the year, incorporating dance, theatre, vocalists and guest soloists to each of its individually themed concerts. To learn about their next event (or contact the group) please visit http://www.ChicagoLicoriceSticks.com or call Rick at 407-616-4599

12:00- The Jeff Weisfeld Band
The ukulele is a small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin. In Hawaiian, it literally means ‘jumping flea.’ Watch masterful tickling of the ukulele strings, lilting flute, a mean rockin’ sousaphone and more. Hear this seven-person-band tease sublime tunes from their instruments and sing exotic, artful lyrics. Their roster includes Waldorf parents and all local Chicago musicians.
Catch more of the Jeff Weisfeld Band at the Chicago Ukulele Cabaret. This open-mic style night of music takes place bi-monthly at Silvie’s Lounge on Irving Park Road. For more info see the Chicago Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

1:00- Marlon and Abby St. John
A Daddy/Daughter duet. Abigail St. John is a 6th grade student in Carol Triggiano’s class. She has been making music with her father, Marlon—a singer/songwriter—since she was two. Marlon St. John frequently performs in and around Chicago.

2:00- All Star Dad’s Band: The Sequel
The All-Star Dad’s Band was formed last year by an experienced group of musical Dads from the first grade class. This year they have returned with the addition of a horn section (well, a horn anyway!). They will be performing an eclectic repertoire of holiday tunes, rock favorites, jazz and blues. Watch our dads rock your socks off!
The All Start Dads Band is:
Joe Dennis – Vocals & Keyboard
Heath Jansen - Drums
Adam King - Bass
Tom McCarthy - Guitar
Mark Miller - Trombone
Michael Rowe – Guitar & Vocals

3:00- CircEsteem: Chicago’s Premier Youth Circus
See kid circus performers take to our stage. Watch juggling, unicycle, diablo, tumbling acrobatics—maybe a clown or two—and children expertly spinning on the gym wheel. (Supervised audience participation allowed onstage after the CircEsteem performance.)
CircEsteem is a non profit youth circus with a mission of uniting youth from diverse backgrounds and building self-esteem and confidence through the practice of circus arts. CircEsteem offers circus classes, interactive workshops, and performances for children of all ages. All are invited to see CircEsteem's winter circus on December 18th and 19th. More information can be found at http://www.CircEsteem.org or by calling 312 731 HAHA.

4:00- Holiday Fair Raffle
Enjoy the suspense. Who will walk away with this year’s raffle prizes? Come find out if its you!
Holiday Raffle drawing and prize presentations will take place starting at 4:15. Bring your tickets and you might possibly walk home with the next best thing since sliced bread.


Globalfest Latin America

Globalfest Latin America
Chicago Fair Trade’s annual gala featuring fair trade wine and cocktails, appetizers, silent auction and Latin music will celebrate the growing consumers support for products that guarantee social benefits to workers and the environment. Stories of Latin American producers of Fair Trade coffee, wine, chocolate, fashions and jewelry will be included. Tsi-Tsi Felix of Telemundo Chicago will emcee. Includes access to Day of the Dead exhibit from 5:30- 7:30pm (http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org)

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 6:00-9:30 pm
WHERE: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago
CTA Pink Line: 18th Street or Damen Stop

Tickets: $50 advance, ($60 door) can be purchased at www.chicagofairtrade.org
More info call 312-212-1760 or njones@chicagofairtrade.org

Canto de los Martillos: Santa Clara del Cobre
[Song of the Hammers: Santa Clara del Cobre]

“Canto de los Martillos: Santa Clara del Cobre ” opens Friday May 6, 2011 at the Centro Cultural Colegio Ex-Jesuita and runs through June 7, 2011.

In Morelia, “Canto de los Martillos” will open May 12 at the galleries of Centro Cultural Comunatario de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo and runs through May 26, 2011.

The artist/artisans of this exhibition “Canto de los Martillos” unify the fields of “art” and “artesania/crafts” through their ingenuity, creativity, sincerity, and deliberate technical excellence.

These exhibitions are part of “Cuentos en Cobre: Santa Clara del Cobre - Arte Comunal e Individual”, a series of educational, intercultural and artistic programs organized by Cuentos Foundation in Michoacán. The exhibitions consist of select examples of the arts in copper from leading studios of Santa Clara; prints, autobiographical texts, and silver engraved plates created by the Santa Clara Women’s collective during the Taller de Mujeres; and a homage to Santa Clara by Cuentos Director, Fulbright Scholar, Michele Feder-Nadoff.

An upcoming seminar on Santa Clara organized in conjunction with the Group Kw’anis takes place 10 AM - 3 PM May 28th, 2011 in La Ex-Jesuita in Patzcauro.

Hacemos un cordial invitación, para que asista a las inauguraciónes por las dos exposiciónes “Canto de los Martillos: Santa Clara del Cobre” que se llevaran acabo el 6 de Mayo, 2011, a las 18:00 PM horas en la Sala Alvarado Lang, en el Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Patzcuaro, Michoacán y el 12 de Mayo, 2011 a las 17:00 PM en el Centro Cultural Universitario U.M.S.N.H., Morelia, Michoacán.

La exposición en Patzcuaro durara hasta el 6 de Junio 2011 y la exposición en Morelia durara hasta el 27 de Mayo 2011. Tambien, un sesion sobre Santa Clara del Cobre esta organizado con el grupo Kw’anis que va reunir en Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Patzcuaro, Michoacán por 28 de Mayo, 10 AM -3PM. Esperamos contar con su apreciable presencía a estos eventos.


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2011 World Fair Trade Day at Daley Plaza!

Celebrate Chicago as a trade city

Daley Plaza

50 W. Washington

May 6, 2011

9am - 6pm

LUCHA Y CULTURA Vs. El Desastre! 2011

Lucha y Cultura contre el Desastre 2011 (Wrestling and Culture Against Disaster 2011) is a family-oriented event to benefit the children of Tlacoltapan, Veracruz, a community that was devastated by hurricanes in 2010. Resistencia, a "luchador" (Mexican wrestler) who works in the community, has organized this event with the support of Larry Dominick (president of the town of Cicero), the Clyde Park District, and his luchador colleagues and artist friends.

The event will take place at Cicero Stadium, 1900 S. Laramie Ave., on Saturday April 30th from 2 pm – 10 pm. Lucha y Cultura conra el Desastre 2011 is an event in which luchadores, artists, and musicians will collaborate to show their support for this community in Veracruz by sharing their artistic and musical talents as well as their talent in the wrestling ring!

The goal of the event is to collect a donation throughpurchasing or donating books and toys (non-violent), and sporting equipment for the kids attending the event. All attendees are asked to purchase a toy or book at the event to donate to the children of the community of Tlacoltapan. Organizers are working directly with community organizations in Tlacoltapan, the Mexican Consulate of Chicago, and the Union of Radio Education (the radio station of the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico) to distribute the donation.
• Town of Cicero, Larry Dominick, Presidente
• Clyde Park District – Cicero Stadium
• Radio Educación (SEP; Del. Sindical D-III-57-SNTE)
• Chicago Teachers’ Center (Northeastern Illinois University)
• Girón Books
• Tonantzin Store
• The Cuentos Foundation NFP
• Gladiadores Lucha Libre Internacional
• Extreme Soccer
• Gala Boutique: Little Shoes with sound, articles for kids
• Resistencia en Lucha (Luchador; organizer of event)
• Artistas del Chicago Teachers’ Center -NEIU
• Diana Solís (painter)
• Diana Hinojosa (writer and singer)
• Benjamín Anaya & Los Extraños Unidos (musician)
• Azul de Noche (musician)
• Real Fantasies Books and Arts (promoción cultural)
• Meztli Cultural Organization
• Puech Ikots
• Rockotitlán Chicago (Media Sponsor)
• Benjamín Anaya (cultural promoter and organizer)

WHEN: Saturday April 30th, 2011, from 2 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, IL

•Entrance to the event is free with the purchase or donation of a toy or book. All donations will be donated to the children of Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. Parking is free. Clyde Park District and Cicero Stadium are donating the use of their space, and are officially supporting the event on behalf of Larry Dominick, the mayor of Cicero
• All donations must be purchased at event (no outside items) per the request of the Mexican consulate. The prices offered for books and toys at the event will be discounted.
• Invited institutions who want to join in the effort can make a donation of books or toys.
• Cash donations will be used for the production of the event and for the transportation of the donated toys and books received to Veracruz. These donations will be accepted by the Cuentos Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, and are tax deductable.
• Businesses and community organizations who participate with a booth can donate 25% of their profits from sales to the production costs and transportation costs of the donations.
• No alcoholic beverages or illicit substances will be permitted during the event. Smoking is not permitted in the building.

Doors open at 1:45 pm
Sale of books and toys from 2 pm to 8 pm
Educational workshops from the Chicago Teachers Center, Diana Solis and more TBA from 2 to 5 pm
Diana Hinojosa book presentation at 4:30 pm
Live lucha libre matches from 5 to 8 pm (with live music intermissions)
Live music from 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Event ends at 10 pm
2:30 pm Children’s choir
3:30 pm Mimes
4:30 pm Urban Indigenous Kidz Comedy-Improv
Grupo Desvelo may also perform


Winter Warmer Fundraiser & Dance Party!

Warm up with us in January for our Winter Fundraiser & Dance Party!

Come and support Cuentos Foundation as we dance the night away at Wicker Well in Wicker Park!

Live Music with DJ Jimmy James
Bake Sale
Fair Trade Art from Santa Clara del Cobre and Oaxaca Mexico
$5 drink tickets (proceeds go to Cuentos)
Dance Party All Night!-bar is open til 2 AM!

Your Support Helps Cuentos to:
Provide Cultural Programming Promoting Diversity
Promote the Fair Trade Copper Intiative in Santa Clara del Cobre Michoacan Mexico.
Fiscally Sponsor Numerous Cultural Organizations (Chiapas Media Project, Puech Ikots, Radios Populares)

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:00pm - Friday, January 14, 2011 at 2:00am

Wicker Well Bar
1637 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL

Holiday celebration in support of artists in Mexico

Holiday art sales:
Sat. Dec. 4th, Waldorf Holiday Fair, 1300 W. Loyola Ave, 9 am - 4 pm
Sun. Dec. 5th, Gallery B1E, 6902 N. Glenwood, 9 am - 4 pm

Sat. Dec. 11, Calles y Sueños Art Gallery, 1901 S. Carpenter, 6 pm - 11pm:
-Live performance by Benjamín Anaya y los Extraños Unidos
-DJ Sarvelio spins Cuban classics
- Videos of artists at work
- Complimentary food and cash bar
- Art from Oaxaca (Puech Ikots) and Michoacan (Cuentos Foundation) for
- $10 donation to enter


The Cuentos Foundation and The Art School / Gallery G

presents: Footprints Along The Journey

October 22, 2010 through October 26, 2010
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

The Art School / Gallery G
348 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL 60022

Come celebrate Chicago Artists Month during the month of October by
supporting the work of Alfred Li Tsao and Dayanara Garcia involved with the Cuentos Foundation community.

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.

Tree of Life

As part of a collaborative project, “The Tree of Life,” individuals, artists, children, school and social groups are invited to be part of our project.

Everyone is welcome to search the Cuentos Foundation website and Cuento’s Facebook page to see when and what location in the Chicago area you will be able to participate and create your own “leaf “ to be added to the “tree“, making you part of our journey and us part of yours.

The tree and leaves will then become a part of the Footprints Along the Journey Exhibit on October 22-26 at
The Art School / Gallery G.

You can also send in your “leaf”, no larger than 8 x 10, in any medium to:
D. Garcia/ Footprints
7761 N. Sheridan 1A
Chicago, IL 60626

or call (773) 510-3100 for more information


Oct. 1
Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
7-10 pm
  Oct. 9
Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
1-3 pm
  Oct. 16-17
Three Wishes Toys N More
Plaza Del Lago Shopping Center
1515 Sheridan Rd. Wilmette, IL 60091
3 pm-closing


Cuentos invites you to celebrate summer and say goodbye to its Creative Founder, Michele Feder-Nadoff when she leaves for her Fulbright!
Come enjoy traditional Afro-Cuban music with DJ Leyva

Saturday August 7 @ 8 pm.
at Gallery Colibri
2032 W 18th St
(between Damen Ave & Hoyne Ave)
Chicago, IL 60608
Neighborhood: Pilsen

$10.00 donation at the door
includes food/ cash bar
or purchase of Cuentos Fair Trade copper art
from Santa Clara del Cobre!!

Afro-Cuban Music All night with DJ Leyva
Special Concert at 9 PM Tarima Son

For more information, contact Cuentos at 773-761-4165 or info@cuentosfoundation.org

Cuentos Summer Fundraiser and Fulbright Goodbye Party
Look out for Special Raffle of Santa Clara copper art mastery!

Purchase one $10 dollar Raffle Ticket OR 6 tickets @ $50
for a chance to win a museum quality Santa Clara del Cobre
hammered copper art vessel!

Support Cuentos and Santa Clara traditional family coppersmith studios!

This is the museum piece to be raffled. The dimensions are (h)11 x 11 x 9.5 inches and it is made by the gifted and original artist, Napoleón Pérez Pamatz, youngest son to Maestro Jesus Perez Ornelas. It is a Phoenix Rising.

(312) 733-8431(This is the art studio of Montserrat Alsina and Roberto Ferreyra, Venezeulan and Mexican respectively, both painters, performance artists and activists. Between Harrison Park and a tortilla factory, Montserrat's great vision of the world sticks to a radical tradition. Ferreyra, himself in more than one traditional Mexican band, also leads an Azteca dance troupe, training younger Mexican-Americans in the dances, spirituality and customs of the ancestors. The couple also graciously hosts lots of great events, including a lot of concerts, political fundraisers, and documentary showings.)

TARIMA SON was formed in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in January 2002 and is composed of 5 members all of them were born in Mexico and now reside in Chicago. TARIMA SON concentrates its efforts in researching and playing the music originating in the coastal state of Veracruz, Guerrero, Michoacan, Hidalgo, Jalisco and other states of Mexico. This music came about through the culture created by the mixture of African slaves brought to this coast by the Spanish (who also brought their own music with strong influence of the Moors), and the indigenous peoples of Mexico such as the Totonacas, Nahuas, Puhrepechas and many others. This beautiful music reveals many aspects of these particular traditions in and they come about to form a style known as “SON. ” A very important and exciting part of the show is the zapateado dance performed by members of the group.

The traditional instruments played by TARIMA SON: JARANA: guitar like instrument for strumming particular to this region made of one piece of cedar wood. REQUINTO: guitar like instrument for arpeggio same as above. QUIJADA DE BURRO: (actual donkey jaw) percussive instrument particular of the region.TARIMA: elevated wooden platform used for percussive dancing. CAJON: box like wooden percussive instrument, it is also used amongst Peruvian and flamenco musicians.The non-traditional instruments used by TARIMA SON: Electric guitar and Electric Base, Violin, Harmonica, Congas, Bells, Maracas, and anything that makes a percussive sound!. For contracting TARIMA SON for your special events, educational presentations and workshops, parties, festivals…etc. Please contact ROBERTO FERREYRA 312/733 84 31 E-Mail: nahui_ollin@sbcglobal.net

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

July 17 & 18, 2010, 12 Noon to 7pm
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd at Church
Free admission

The City of Evanston began its annual Ethnic Arts Festival in 1986. Each July, the Festival transforms the idyllic lakefront Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St., into a global village. Surrounded by the flags of more than 100 nations honoring the diversity of our planet, attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures. Every continent is represented in song, dance, spoken word, visual arts and food.

There is live music, dance performances and art and craft work of juried artists. People can also learn the folkdance of a far-away country and explore the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods.

Join our online community for information and updates regarding events presented by the Evanston Cultural Arts Division at www.myspace.com/noyesculturalarts
For detailed information on artists and performers (and more!) connected with Evanston’s summer programs, visit www.summernoyes.blogspot.com

The Ethnic Arts Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Additional support is provided by the Homestead Hotel and Quince Restaurant, the Cherry Family Foundation, ABC 7 Chicago, the Chicago Reader, and the Evanston RoundTable.
For more information, please call 847.448.8260


Cuentos will be there this week!

July 9, 2010

1401 W Devon
at Glenwood
(just east of Clark)
from 4PM - 8PM
773 465 9801

Come pick up some Cuentos Fair Trade Art with your organic greens and stay for music and dinner at Uncommon Ground's Devon location this Friday.
We are setting up shop for the afternoon in the parking lot at Uncommon Ground. Come visit the nation's first certified organic rooftop farm, shop for unique copper art and jewelry and sample some of the delicious offerings from various local companies.
Harvest Moon Organic produce & CSA will be there so stock up on fresh farm raised veggies after grabbing dinner at the outdoor patio.


Cuentos Fair Trade at Waldorf May Fair Festival

Cuentos Fair Trade Spring Specials!
Saturday May 15, 2010
10 am - 4 pm
1300 West Loyola Avenue in Rogers Park
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Cuentos Foundation is proud to present new video documentary tryphon: three sounds to accompany the retrospective exhibition opening December 4 at the Brauer Museum of Art. tryphon is available for purchase from Cuentos. A catalogue of the exhibition is available from the Brauer Museum of Art and the Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery

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Thomas H. Kapsalis: Artist's House
Paintings and Sculpture, 1947 - 2008
December 4, 2009 - March 21, 2010
Opening reception - Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Brauer Museum of Art
Center for the Arts, Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383-6493
Phone (219) 464-5365
Fax (219) 464-5244


Curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, the exhibit is accompanied by a biographical video produced by Michele Feder-Nadoff, artistic director of Chicago’s Cuentos Foundation. The video documentary entitled, tryphon: three sounds - the art of thomas h. kapsalis - will be on display in the museum. Cuentos Foundation is a nonprofit community organization that promotes intercultural understanding and exchange through the arts.

A full-color catalog also will be available for purchase at the exhibition, and features an introduction by Hertzlieb and scholarly essays by John Corbett and Michele Feder-Nadoff. Brauer Museum Director, Gregg Hertzlieb says original research by Corbett and Feder-Nadoff led to the catalog and video, which together provide the most complete profile of the artist to date.

Kapsalis also will speak at two events that accompany the exhibition: a coffee hour at the museum Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., and a gallery talk Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Hertzlieb also will present a coffee hour program Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. to further explore the exhibition and biographical video.

tryphon: three sounds is a candid portrait of the artist Thomas H. Kapsalis (b. 1925) that also provides an intimate glimpse into the history of the Chicago art scene. Drawing upon personal conversations with Kapsalis, the documentary incorporates extensive images spanning his sixty year career, including paintings, sculptures, ephemera, family photos, and archival footage. Kapsalis contributed to the Chicago artist milieu through over fifty years as a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continues to contribute through his abstract paintings of impeccable resolution and presence. These modernist-inspired works emanate a sensibility that combines the Bauhaus aesthetic with a dadaist irony and humor, presented with the modesty and directness of the Midwest. Kapsalis’s art and character exude a hard-won calm tempered through his life experiences, such as his survival as a prisoner of war during World War II.

tryphon was produced by the Cuentos Foundation to accompany the retrospective exhibition “Thomas H. Kapsalis: Artist’s House, Paintings and Sculpture, 1947-2008,” December 4, 2009 - March 21, 2010.This major exhibition celebrating the life and art of this leading abstract Chicago artist was curated by John Corbett & Jim Dempsey and was organized by the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University. The video’s music includes unique recordings - a sound-work by artist, Lou Mallozi; traditional Greek and Turkish music by Eric Ederer and Andrea Fishman; and flute improvisations by Corky Siegal and tryphon’s video editor Sharon Karp/ Media Monster.

nwi.com article - Chicago artist brings 'House' to VU

mosaic: diverse interpretations of artistic expression

at La Casa de Arte y Cultura Calles y Sueños
Opening reception Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 6-9pm
1901 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60608

enter mosaic


Codices of Michoacán - Ancient Illuminated Manuscripts

Cuentos Foundation & Gallery Colibri
Invite you to attend a Lecture and Discussion
On the Codices of Michoacán - Ancient Illuminated Manuscripts

presented by visiting scholar/ historian
from Morelia, Michoacán

followed by a cena/ dinner reception
Tuesday September 15, 2009 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Colibri Studio/Gallery
2032 W 18th St
Chicago, IL

suggested donation $5.00



The towns of Pre-Hispanic Mexico developed a complex system of communication through pictograms and phonetic signs that allowed them to pass on the specialized knowledge through the generations. These systems of writing nowadays are called codices and linen clothes. In the case of Michoacán the Tarascos and Nahuas towns knew about these pictographic expressions; however we have never seen any codex of the pre-Hispanic time. Despite the fact after 1522 at the colonial time, these same towns continued making their codices, with new techniques, subjects and forms of expression through images. This presentation will focus upon these codices and linen clothes known in Michoacán, as a way to see the past and culture of the indigenous towns of West Mexico.

Dr. Carlos Paredes Martínez holds a Ph.D. in history from the Unicersidad Autónoma de México. He is a researcher at the Center for Research and Studies in Social Anthropology and guest researcher at the Universidad de Michoacán de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. He is a member of the National System of Researchers and the mexican Academy of Sciences. He specializes in Colonial history, ethnohistory, and ancient history, particularly from Puebla and Michoacán. He has published articles, books, and has coordinated an edition of six anthologies on the colonial history of Michoacán.


Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival
August 21-23, 2009
Friday night kickoff party 6pm
Street Fest Sat & Sun Noon-8pm
Annual street festival and artists’ market along the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
July 18 & 19, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 7pm
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd at Church in Evanston
Free admission

Thousands of people converge on Evanston’s lake-front on the third weekend of July for the
annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The festival site offers all the beauty and amenities of a natural, outdoor lakefront setting. The festival is a celebration of cultural diversity featuring art from every continent, continuous world music and dance, a wide assortment of ethnic cuisines and join-in art activities for all ages. Last year, participants brought art and culture from over 80 regions of the world, from Alaska to Zimbabwe.


Shop Cuentos! at our 6321 N Clark Street Studio/Gallery

This Sunday December 21, 2008, 12-3PM Fair Trade Reception and exhibition new and wondrous copper art $2.00 - $2,000 from Santa Clara. Or call us to visit anytime! 773.761.4165

In 2008 we were proud to present, support, and initiate:

- Pregonando: Voicing Community - A multidisciplinary exhibition project organized by Giselle Mercier - transporting participants to the exemplary community-based work done in Chicago, Panama and Mexico. http://www.cuentosfoundation.org/pdf/PREGO.pdf

- “Outside the Indigenous Lens” - Video Presentation, organized by Aasia Mohammad Castañeda, US Coordinator, Chiapas Media Project/ Promedios

- AL SON QUE ME TOQUES, LORCA, a Mexican musical based on Garcia Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, Directed by Laura Crotte / La molecula artistica at Goodman Theatre and Raven Theatre. www.moleculartistica.org/promo.html; http://www.cuentosfoundation.org/pdf/Press-Release.pdf

- Santa Clara Fair Trade Art at Ethnic Arts Festival, Evanston and “One World Under One Roof” at the World Music Festival, Chicago Cultural Center

- Inside, Outside, & Across exhibit of work by Cuentos Creative Founder, Feder-Nadoff w/ PANEL DISCUSSION- ARTISTS WORKING (WITH) IN COMMUNITY, and performance by YVES FRONCOIS ET ROCAMBU JAZZ and Cuentos in-house DJ LEYVA spins Afro-Cuban Music

- New Ethnographic Video Documentary Project- Aquí y Allá / that traces the circle of exchange between the local and the global through the intimate story about here and there, focusing upon Santa Clara (im)migration within the context and perspective of Chicago-Michoacán immigrants and globalization.

- Thomas Kapsalis- An Artist's Journey - A New Documentary Video Project to accompany his Retrospective opening at Brauer Museum of Art, December 2009.

- Artisan Union Forum in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico at the Museo Nacional del Cobre about urgent concerns facing this unique artisan community.

- University presentations with screenings of Huele de Noche/ Night-blooming Jasmine Video at locations including: The School of the Art Institute, Kishwaukee Community College, and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Cuentos Foundation Holiday Ice-Cream Social and Fair Trade Art Sale

This event partially sponsored by Joe & Ross Ice Cream

Afro-Cuban Spins with DJ Leyva

Pregonando: Voicing Community

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Riques Regional Mexican Food

5004 N Sheridan Rd
(between Argyle St & Carmen Ave)
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-6200

A multi-disciplinary exhibit highlighting the collective efforts of partnership building.  From transnational to cross-city collaborations, the work of the cultural worker or community artist depends on the cultivation of reciprocal relationships amongst partners.  In Spanish, the verb "pregonar" means to praise publicly and the person charged with this is the town crier or the "pregonero".  The "pregon" or announcement is always urgent in nature and is loaded with collective community knowledge that is gained through daily experiences.  This socially relevant proverb exalts "doing the right thing" or working ethically as we face day to day challenges.

Join us at Cuentos Foundation for a month of family workshops, film screenings and panel discussions that will transport us to the exemplary community-based work done in Chicago, Panama and Mexico.

Participating artists and groups: Giselle Mercier, Beth Massura,Tara Malik, Angel Nava, Lindsey Potter,  Ashley Walls,Jesus Macarena-Avila, Gabi Nelson and Chiapas Media Project, founded by Alexandra Halkin. With performances by Ruben Gerena and Nuestro Tambo.

Nuestro Tambo Bio

Saturday October 4, 2008 - Opening reception, 6:30 pm Pregonando: Voicing Community

Saturday October 4, 7:30pm, Sunday October 5, 4:00pm




“Outside the Indigenous Lens” -

Video Presentation, Audiovisuales Caracoles

The Chiapas Media Project (CMP)/Promedios is an award winning, bi-national partnership that provides video equipment, computers and training enabling marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico, Chiapas and Guerrero, to create their own media. Regional Coordinators from the communities in Chiapas now run the introductory camera, editing and internet workshops for their own regions. Indigenous and non indigenous instructors from outside Chiapas provide advanced training in our Media Center in San Cristobal de las Casas and in the Regional Media Centers.

Aasia Mohammad Castañeda, US Coordinator, will present these videos.


cmp@chiapasmediaproject.org for more info.

Saturday October 11, 2008, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Intergenerational Workshop - Music and Adornment

Saturday October 25, 2008, Closing- Panel Discussion and Party with Nuestro Tambo



September 19- September 25, 2008

Cuentos has a promotional table and will also display Santa Clara Fair Trade Art at “One World Under One Roof” at the World Music Festival.

Thursday, September 25
Chicago Cultural Center
6:00 pm- 11:00 pm

Mexican musical based on Garcia Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING ONLY THREE MORE WEEKENDS!!!!!!!!
Chicago Suntimes Review by Heidy Weisz
Review by Randy Hardwick (In Spanish)

After a stunning weekend opening the LATINO THEATRE FESTIVAL AT THE GOODMAN…
La molecula artistica brings the play to groups, families, and friends....

6157 N. Clark (Clark and Granville)
At the end of Lakeshore Dr.
(Frente al Centro Romero)


1 800 838 3006

Discount for students with ID and groups (10 and +)

info@moleculartistica.org (groups)

Thanks for your support and hope to see you there!!!!

Cuentos Foundation is participating in the 23rd Annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival.

Dawes Park

Sheridan Road between Church Street and Davis Street

July 18 and 19th

11 am -8 pm


 Inside, Outside & Across, selected works 1997-2008

Michele Feder-Nadoff

Cuentos Foundation invites you to attend a performance, panel discussion, and closing reception accompanying the exhibition  "inside, outside & across", selected works 1997-2008 by Michele Feder-Nadoff

Exhibition Runs April 5- June 5 - Call 773 761-4165
or e-mail info@cuentosfoundation.org to visit!
Catalogue Available w/Essay by Lanny Silverman,
FULL CIRCLE: The Work of Michele Feder-Nadoff 
UN CÍRCULO COMPLETO: El Trabajo de Michele Feder-Nadoff
Curator Chicago Cultural Center

Montgomery, Michele Feder-Nadoff, and Mariko Ventura.
During the performance community Cuentos/stories will be gathered, taped, and included into the street performance!

Moderator Gonzalo Escobar with artists/ panelists: JayVe Montgomery,  Chicago Park District's Inferno Mobile Recording Studio; Michele Feder-Nadoff, Cuentos; Giselle Mercier, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Laura Crotte, Molecula Artistica; Mariko Ventura, arts educator and performance artist.

8:30 - 9:30 ROCAMBU JAZZ

9:30 - DJ LEYVA spins Afro-Cuban Music

YVES FRONCOIS ET ROCAMBU JAZZ  was formed in 2001 by jazz trumpeter Yves Francois Smierciak and several other like minded musicians. The mission of Rocambu Jazz is to explore the rhythms of African and Afro Diaspora musics. We are finding the common bonds between music from West Africa (highlife and the Guinean and Malinky music of Senegal and Mali), Congo (old school rumba, soukous), Martinique (biguine), Haiti (compas), Cuba (son, conga ), Jamaica (ska), Trinidad (calypso), Brazil (choro, samba, bossa nova) and New Orleans (early jazz/dixie land). Rocambu Jazz exploits the common bonds of the musics in our unique interpretations of the various forms. Essentially we are speaking of the various creoles all these nations provided when the African rhythms and phraseology met the melodies of Europe (France and Spain). The African musicians reshaped the great popular music vocabulary of the 20th century musics. These musical forms have many names, but they are all a musical creole broadly known as jazz.

DJ LEYVA says that his goal is to play music that is the roots of Salsa music.  This is the Cuban music that no longer gets the recognition it deserves - from the sophisticated Danzon, to the horn driven Mambo, to the percussive Rumba, to the heart of Salsa, the Cuban Son, as well as classic 70's salsa and Latin Jazz.

LAURA CROTTE, actriz, vocalista, educadora y directora de escena mexicana, miembro de Teatrovista y fundadora de La Moleculartistica Nido de Mar,  ha actuado en numerosas producciones con Goodman, Steppenwolf, Teatrovista en diversas escenarios de Chicago como Hot House, Old Town, Mexican Fine Arts, e infinidad de escuelas, bibliotecas y centros comunitarios con sus personajes de mascara y mitologias. En Mexico fundo la compania Publik Teatrocontemporaneo con Boris Schoemann que giro nacional e internacionalmente. Ahora dirige AL SON QUE ME TOQUES, LORCA una alegoria veracruzana de las Bodas de Sangre con la MoleculARTistica a presentarse en el Goodman Latino Theatre Festival en Agosto 2008.

GONZALO ESCOBAR is an Extension Educator in prevention at the Countryside Extension Center. Escobar works with organizations and agencies to develop educational programs for youth, teachers, parents, youth service personnel, and other community members. In a joint effort between University of Illinois Extension and independent community radio station WLUW, Escobar produces and hosts a weekly Spanish language radio program, Si Se Puede (Yes, It Can Be Done). The program provides a forum for Extension Educators and others, including young people, to present topics pertinent to the needs and interests of the audience. Currently, he serves as co-chair of the Latino Coalition for Prevention. He is a community representative on the Local School Council of Philip Rogers School, and a board member of the Alliance of Latinos and Jews. He is a member of the National Association of Extension 4H Agents and the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education. Gonzalo Escobar earned a Licenciado degree and a secondary school teaching certificate at the Department of Psychology, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala. He completed an MA degree in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

MICHELE FEDER-NADOFF's installation and time-based works incorporate an unrestricted range of simple to complex materials and processes, from embroidery to lost-wax casting, examining the raw and the cooked, the transforming of matter into meaning.  She has been creating sculptural installations in-doors and out, temporary and permanent, collaborative and solo, since the mid-eighties, often utilizing water as a tangible physical element and to produce sound. She is a member of Piece process, a national collective of Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim, and Jewish artists, and has been collaborating with artist Kanaan Kanaan since 2001 on installation/performance works.  She has been deeply involved with the Santa Clara del Cobre community in Mexico since 1997— through her work at Cuentos where she is the Artistic Director and Creative Founder.

GISELLE MERCIER is an Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her degrees in Art Education (2002). BFA, 1986, and MFA, 1989, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Concurrent Position: Administrative Director, Departments of Arts Administration, Art Education and Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: The Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois, Huellas, Panama Rep. of Panama,  Polvo Art Studio, Chicago; C33 Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago; Humboldt Park Stables, Chicago; Collage de las Americas, Chicago; Prospectus Art Gallery, Chicago. Publications: Co-author, Metropolitan Universities Journal: Trust Building: The Secret to Highly Collaborative Partnerships; Author, New Art Examiner, Speak Easy: 'Reality' Beyond Labels: blind faith in the power of words. Bibliography: La Raza, El Panamá América, ¡Exito!, Chicago Journal. Awards: Governor's International Arts Exchange Program, Illinois Arts Council Grants; Department of Cultural Affairs Grants.

JAYVE MONTGOMERY is a sound artist.  Currently he is Program Facilitator for the Chicago Park District's Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.  He is also a member of the collective that runs Brown Rice, a performance space in Albany Park

MARIKO VENTURA: Mariko Ventura's work has been in ceramic sculpture as well as performance.  In the past her sculptural work was exhibited at Evanston Art Center and The Block Gallery, Northwestern University. Performance work has been shown in venues such as the Guild Complex and Chicago Cultural Center as well as internationally. Her work is featured in the book, PERFORMANCE ON THE EDGE, TRANSFORMATIONS OF CULTURE, by Johannes Birringer.



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Cuentos Foundation Summer Film Series
Hosted by Calles y Sueños, 1900 S. Carpenter
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 pm
OUTDOOR SCREENING (weather permitting)
ESPIRAL (Oaxaca, 2008)
Years after leaving their loved ones behind in Oaxaca to find a better life in the United States, two men return to find the patriarchal village they left has irrevocably changed…
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