5 ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE ARTS PROJECT GRANT OUTREACH FUNDING
Dominique Estevez - Grants, Capacity Building Coordinator
Deidre Thomas - Grants Coordinator
Gulara Alakbarova - Grants Coordinator
Houston Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 2016-2017 Arts Project Grant Outreach (APG/O) awardees! Made possible by the City of Houston and Hotel Occupancy Tax, this year’s funding will support five community and cultural centers, production companies, festivals and philanthropy groups in a total amount of $44,650 to implement their projects specifically in Council Districts E, F and K. Congratulations to this year’s awardees!
The APGO category supports both 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and individual artists in producing and presenting projects within specified districts of the City of Houston. Programming must be open to the public and contribute to making Houston a more attractive cultural destination for visitors and tourists.
The projects were reviewed and recommended for funding by a panel consisting of a diverse group of artists and arts professionals who evaluated each application using the funding criteria. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of our panelists: Colleen Morimoto, Colleen Reilly and Mauricio Campos.
For a look at awarded projects, see below.
CHINESE COMMUNITY CENTER
Chinese Community Center presents the Asian Heritage Tour, a cultural experience that teaches visitors about the Chinese and Asian cultures and showcases the unique Asian dining and shopping opportunities available in Houston’s District F. The customizable tour offers opportunities for participants to engage in hands-on cultural activities and experiences, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting, tai chi, and a tea ceremony and tasting. Culturally competent staff and experienced teachers explain the history and significance of these traditional arts and cultural elements and help participants create their own pieces that they can take home with them.
THE FIRESTARTER GROUP
The Firestarter Group seeks to gather refugee artists from communities across Houston for gatherings to share art, performance and culture. Funds help artists create and showcase new work after arriving in Houston. The organization strives to share the message of hope across Houston by gathering members of these commonly isolated communities. To empower both these individuals and the communities they represent, The Firestarter Group is creating a living archive of artwork produced by refugees that are in the process of adapting to American life. Their works will be shared through a digital space and through three events held across Houston. The organization aims to empower 25 artists who have come from some of the most volatile parts of the globe including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, Congo, Somalia and South Sudan.
Thunderclap Productions is filming and releasing a new anti-bullying musical. The film musical Bully tells the story of a young man who is bullied in school and later commits suicide. The film traces not only his life, but the lives of the bullies, their families, the school administrators and others. This film offers an in-depth exploration of these pressing issues, which follows a long period of research into teen suicide and bullying and multiple rounds of writing and rewriting the screenplay, music, and lyrics. Thunderclap Productions hopes that the film will help contribute to the local and national dialogue about bullying, raise awareness of in-school bullying and assault, and speak to the need for more effective bullying and suicide prevention measures.
VISUAL ARTS PRODUCTIONS
Visual Arts Productions presents the Global Dance Festival with workshops on November 18 and 19, at Studio C and the Global Dance Day Showcase performance on December 3, 2016, at the International Trade Center, Houston. The festival features various cultures and genres of dance for a multicultural experience and engages choreographers experienced in Afro-Caribbean, Russian ballet, samba and janeiro Latin style dance, Asian yangko dance, belly dance, kathak and Indian classical dance.
The goal of Visual Arts Productions is to create a multicultural dance explosion by coordinating various artists of diverse dance backgrounds as well as ethnic participation. Visual Arts Productions is excited to bring a new diverse kaleidoscope of dance expression through the Global Dance Festival!
WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION
World Youth Foundation (WYF) presents a six-week Youth Spoken Word Camp and one-day Poetry Slam Fest that harmonizes the creative trio of spoken word, visual art, and technology to encourage artistic development and community engagement in Houston. Technology will transform spoken word into visual art, producing multimedia exhibitions for the Slam Fest.
The Poetry Slam Fest is a grand finale in which WYF invites students and their supporters as well as Houston residents, tourists and visitors to witness an extraordinary exhibition of the students’ visual and oral presentations. Students will also display their spoken word and visual art at six venues throughout Houston, including Willow Waterhole MusicFest; Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center; and Westbury, Madison, and Willowridge high schools.
For more information regarding these projects and more arts and cultural events around Houston, visit Artshound.com!