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  • Alex de Miranda 9:53 pm on December 24, 2017 Permalink  

    Happy Holidays 

  • admin 11:39 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink  

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Dear All,

    Thanksgiving is an excellent time to spend with our friends and loved ones and think about so many things we are thankful for….including our POA’s initiatives and accomplishments. Thanks for being a part of our Volunteer family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Marisa Moreira Woehlert
    President, Illinois-São Paulo Chapter
    Partners of the Americas

  • admin 11:38 am on November 4, 2017 Permalink  

    Thank you note 

    To:  Ariani, MOSTRA VIII Committee, Volunteers, Sponsors and Guests,

    Thank you all for making our Opening Night such a successful event! Great food, great attendance, great movie…..we could not have asked for a more wonderful experience.

    Looking forward to seeing you and your friends attending the up coming films – please check our MOSTRA VIII schedule at

    See you at the movies!

    Marisa Moreira Woehlert
    President, Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter
    Partners of the Americas

  • Alex de Miranda 1:40 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink  

    MOSTRA VIII Brazilian Film Series Brings 27 Films and Six Filmmakers to Chicago – Nov. 3 to 18, 2017 

    MOSTRA VIII: Brazilian Film Series

    CHICAGO, Oct. 30, 2017

    For the 8th year, MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series will bring feature and short films, documentaries, panel discussions and Brazilian filmmakers to a diverse audience in Chicago. The largest Brazilian film festival in the Midwest will take place this year from November 3-18, 2017, in major educational and cultural institutions in the Chicago area. As in previous years, all screenings during the festival are free (except for the opening and closing night fundraiser events).

    MOSTRA is a unique opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture, history and social issues through outstanding film productions and engaging conversations. This year, the event will host a free panel discussion on youth after the screening of Not Even In a Wildest Dream (Nunca me Sonharam), a documentary featuring the challenges public education faces in Brazil. Specialists, filmmakers and audience members will engage in a rich conversation about youth in Brazil and the U.S.

    16 days, 27 films, six filmmakers

    MOSTRA VIII will present 27 films in total, of which 11 are feature films. The Brazilian entry for the “Best Foreign Language Film” at the last Academy Awards, Little Secret (O Pequeno Segredo), will open the festival (11/3), and the drama Soulbound (Teus Olhos Meus), the story of a young musician who finds happiness in the unlikeliest place, was selected for the closing night party (11/12). Six filmmakers will join the festival to speak with the audience after select screenings.

    About MOSTRA

    Founded by Ariani Friedl in 2010, the annual event is presented by the Illinois – São Paulo Chapter of Partners of the Americas, and has as its motto: “Brazilian Films with a Social Conscience.” MOSTRA screens movies in educational and cultural institutions in the greater Chicago area and other cities in the Midwest to foster conversations about social issues, culture, politics, history and the environment among the academic community, filmmakers, and socially conscious individuals.

    When: From Friday, November 3, to Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Where: Multiple venues and times
    For more information on the program, please check the festival website and Facebook page: MOSTRA website and


  • admin 1:53 pm on August 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Beyond the Waters Beach Party 2017 


    Sun, August 13, 2017 

    12:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT


    Osterman Beach

    5800 N. Lake Shore Drive 

    Chicago, IL 60660 

    (Free Parking at St. Andrews Greek Church – 5649 N. Sheridan Rd)

    Free Food, Activities and Fun – bring your family and friends to volunteer with us!

    Hope to see you all there

  • admin 11:32 am on July 25, 2017 Permalink  

    EVENT: Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian Modernist, Artist and Landscape Architect at Chicago Botanic Garden 

    Event information:

    Chicago Botanic Garden
    1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
    Saturday, August 12th, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    More info here.

    About the event:

    The legacy and works of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx are cherished world-wide for their powerful, modern approach and their ecological impact. Learn about select Burle Marx projects from the perspective of Carmen Vidal-Hallett, Chicago-based architect from Brazil, with a career focus on sustainable urban planning and architecture.  See how his body of work has influenced generations world-wide.  Presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion.

    About the speaker:

    Carmen Vidal-Hallett, LEED AP, International Associate AIA
    Principal, EcoVidalDesign, Inc.

    Eco Vidal Design Principal Carmen Vidal-Hallett is a LEED  Accredited  Professional and an International Associate Member of the AIA, with more than 20 years of experience in Chicago-area institutional, government and private sector projects. Mrs. Vidal-Hallett is trilingual and is a licensed architect in Brazil and Spain with projects in both countries. Carmen was a Lakefront Coordinator for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development for over 13 years working on many Chicago Lakefront planning projects including the recently built Northerly Island park and Millenium Park. Presently, she works with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Design + Construction and sustainable education. She also partners with qualified consultants to carry out innovative sustainable projects. Over the years, Carmen has received various fellowships and grants enabling her to research sustainable initiatives in Brazil and the U.S. In 2012, she received a 3-month fellowship from Partners of the Americas in combination with the U.S. Department of State to work in the Rio de Janeiro’s Department of Environment (INEA). In Rio, she had the opportunity to closely explore the work of Roberto Burle Marx.

  • admin 8:03 pm on May 17, 2017 Permalink  

    Partners of the Americas Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter Review of 2016 Accomplishments 

    Dear Members and Friends:

    Thanks to all for your participation and volunteer support of the initiatives sponsored by Partners of the Americas Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter in 2016.

    I hope you enjoy taking a moment to look back at our list of accomplishments; which proudly underscore our POA mission…to Connect, to Serve and to Change Lives.

    Download the PDF document here.

  • admin 8:39 pm on April 30, 2017 Permalink  

    Partnership with Illinois Portuguese Language Connection 

    For the second time, the Illinois – São Paulo Chapter and MOSTRA: Brazilian Film Series are sponsors of the Illinois Portuguese Language Connection (IPLC).

    The program won the AMERICAN ORGANIZATION OF TEACHERS OF PORTUGUESE 2017 Award for best INITIATIVE or EDUCATIONAL PROJECT in the Portuguese Language the United States.

    About: IPLC is an initiative of Northwestern University, The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this annual meeting is to gather Portuguese students from the three major universities in Illinois for an afternoon of interaction in Portuguese, and also to reinforce the presence of Brazil in our institutions. 2017’s theme was Forró. Learn more at:


  • admin 5:15 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink

    2017 Annual Meeting – Potluck Party 

     Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter – Partners of the Americas 

    2017 Annual Meeting – Potluck Party

    2017 Annual Meeting


     You are cordially invited to attend:

    Saturday, March 11th, 2017

    333 E. Ontario, Chicago, 60611 – Party Room 

    Hosted by Franco Franchi
    Potluck Coordinated by Carla da Silva


    Board of Directors Annual Meeting at 3:00pm 
    Potluck Dinner from 4:30-8:00pm

    Check the list of items here,
    and add what you want to bring to share!

    Please RSVP by March 8, 2017
    Facebook Event

  • admin 11:31 am on December 13, 2016 Permalink  

    Happy Holidays! 

    May the blessings of the Season be with you all throughout 2017!


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