|Adam Castaneda: «Reviving Churches» is a multidisciplinary, community-based activation that addresses the broken windows theory in a holistic, creative manner. Local choreographer Adam Castaneda will activate an abandoned Church’s Chicken location in the Near Northside neighborhood at 2700 Fulton Street in partnership with the Greater Northside Management District. Over the course of three weeks, this abandoned complex will be transformed into a vibrant public art installation that will culminate in a community gathering that consists of student essay readings, dance performances, live music, and temporary art. This grant was awarded under the Neighborhood Cultural Destinations category.
Andrea Venson: “Elevated Intersections” is a painting exhibition featuring Andrea Venson and Jatziri Barron that captures a series of monthly events in Fifth Ward Houston. There will be a Mindful Painting session led by Andrea, a Salsa night led by Texas Salsa Congress, a Hip-Hop dance night led by Sun’Kissd Dance Concepts, and two outdoor yoga sessions led by Nicole Peralta and Jotina Buck. The final art exhibition will open at the DeLuxe Theater on September 23, 2023 and will feature dance performances by Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective and Itzcoatl Tezkatlipoka. This grant was awarded under the Neighborhood Cultural Destinations category.
Ars Lyrica Houston: Ars Lyrica Houston presents «Maria’s Magical Music Adventure,» an interactive musical story time, at three key community venues in spring 2023. Maria’s Magical Music Adventure follows a young girl named Maria and Matthew the Musical Magician as they travel through time to meet Antonio Vivaldi, who has just written The Four Seasons. Musical accompaniment features The Four Seasons, along with original music arranged for string quartet and narration in English and Spanish. Maria’s Magical Music Adventure, presented at Rothko Chapel for Menil Neighborhood Day, Heights Kids’ Day of Music, and Discovery Green, is a magical music adventure for the whole family. This grant was awarded under the Neighborhood Cultural Destinations category.
Jake Eshelman: As a hybrid art exhibit and guided nature walk with the Houston Arboretum in the spring of 2023, “(Bio)Diversity Bonds” empowers Houstonians to meet, celebrate, and ultimately support the many threatened local, native bee species that built and continually maintain the unique coastal prairie ecosystems that cradle our city, its people, and our astounding (bio)diversity. Just as Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, we’re also one of the most biodiverse cities in the world—providing an opportunity to exemplify what’s possible when we empower everyday people to enrich our community by supporting our vital pollinator partners. This grant was awarded under the Neighborhood Cultural Destinations category.
Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble: The Michele Brangwen Dance & Music Ensemble will premiere a new work that explores the delivery systems for renewable energy. New sources of energy mean that new conduits will be constructed to harness and deliver wind and sun; equity in how these new grids are designed and function are issues the work will raise. The premiere will feature jazz saxophonist & composer Jon Irabagaon. This grant was awarded under the Neighborhood Cultural Destinations category.