Bringing Moving Music & Visual Art to the Streets

Maggie Martinez


In Humboldt Park, we serenaded the lovely and powerful Maggie Martinez, also affectionately known as “the Iron Lady of Humboldt Park.” Magdalena Martinez is a community activist and organizer in Humboldt Park.  She has volunteered her time and effort for over 20 years and continues to actively seek new ways to better not only the community itself but also the lives of its inhabitants.  The song “Brick by Brick” was composed with input from family and friends through workshops, interviews, and by people sending in memories and stories of how she changed their lives.  This song is for all she has accomplished on her own block in Humboldt Park, but also all the other blocks of the city that she has affected.

This program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and CityArts, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Opera-Matic programs are also made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program, Alphawood, the Chicago Community Trust, Night Out in the Parks, and more. Visit our "Support" page for more information. 

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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