a crew.

a crew.


Yollocalli Arts Reach
(at the Little Village Boys & Girls Club)
2801 S Ridgeway
Chicago, IL 60623

Yollo Factory
(at Barrett Park)
2022 W Cermak
Chicago, IL 60608


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Vanessa Sanchez, Director  |  vsanchez@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

DA BOSS! She’s been at Yollo forever. Vanessa climbed the Yollo ladder from intern to director. When she’s not busy doing important director stuff she hopes to score some Radiohead tickets, or book them for Villapalooza Music Festival (because she also runs that like a boss). Ask her about her love for cats, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and fancy nails.
Fun Fact: She has a cat named Kitty Sparkle Cheetah.


Hananne Hanafi, Programs Coordinator    |  hananne@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Hananne is the freshest of the Yollo crew. So fresh she buys 3 pairs of the same shoe (different colors). You can catch her wearing her Gucci crewneck on her “casual” days. Maybe she’s really into fashion because she lived in Europe (Spain). Aside from being fresh dressed, she is the Programs Coordinator here at Yollo and keeps our programs running smoothly throughout the year.
Fun fact: She is a badminton champion (For real. Ask her about shuttlecocks)!


Whitney Ross, Youth Development Advisor  |  whitney@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Whitney, the Photoshop Guru, has worked at yollo since November 2010. She is affectionately known as “mom” among Yollocalli students, especially those in the Youth Council. She is also known as mom by her two kids (Shout out to Pudge and lil T). She is the Youth Development Advisor, hates Kanye, and recently became a suburbanite.  She’s still cool though.
Fun fact: She has a list of band names she comes up with in her notebook.


Alejandro Colunga, Year of Creative Youth Advisor  |  yollocalli@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Everyone’s favorite intern!  Alex started as a student in 2013 (which means this bebe has been a Yo for over a quarter of his life!)  He moved in during the summer of 2017 when he TA-ed, painted murals, ran youth council, and slept on the couch. The only thing that makes this sad boi happy is a giant sushi burrito and a chance to paint on a wall.  Help him out with either and he’ll love you forever.
Fun fact: He can play 5 instruments, speak 3 languages, and make tortillas from scratch- mom approved!


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Every program and special event offered by Yollocalli is free of charge; This is only possible with help from you.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please contact our development department at development@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org or (312) 433-3964.  If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, we are always in need of art supplies, books and movies, camera and video equipment, etc.  We hope you will consider donating today.  THANK YOU!