Yollocalli Arts Reach started in 1997 with the intention to address the educational needs of young people in the Pilsen community, and to create opportunities for young artists to explore interests and uncover their artistic talents while learning about careers in the arts. Over the years we have grown into a platform where youth can learn from emerging artists, collaborate with them in their art making practices, as well as become active members of Chicago’s growing creative community.
In 2011, Yollocalli became an Arts Partner in Residence of the Chicago Park District at Barrett Park, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The field house was converted to a satellite art studio space, helping revitalize the park and increase arts programming in Pilsen.
In the spring of 2013 Yollocalli expanded and relocated our main offices and studios to the Little Village neighborhood, partnering with the Little Village Boys and Girls Club.
We have created almost 50 murals spanning the Chicagoland area, and participated in many city arts and cultural festivals.