One of the most beloved and well-known events in the city of Houston is the annual Houston Art Car Parade. Started by a commune of local artists in the 1980s, the Art Car Parade has evolved into a city-wide project representative of the creativity and joie de vivre of the Bayou City and has drawn in participants from all walks of life and of all ages.
The 36th Annual Art Car Parade will take place on Saturday, April 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The largest celebration of its kind, the parade will feature more than 250 vehicle works of art constructed by HISD students and staff, professional organizations, youth groups, and other creative Houstonian artists. The parade begins at Allen Parkway and Bagby Street and ends at Allen Parkway and Taft Street.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a yearly staple of Houston culture, as highly anticipated to adults and children as Christmas or Halloween. The event boasts a carnival, cook-offs, signature fair food, concerts, and, of course, the titular livestock show. An annual event for Texas pride and merriment, it is important to highlight the educational impacts that the rodeo has for HISD students.
The holiday season kicked off in earnest as student artists and district leaders gathered at HISD’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on Monday, Nov. 14, to celebrate the 2022 HISD holiday greeting card competition winners.
In a virtual ceremony with participants, HISD Interim
Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday unveiled the winners of its annual holiday
greeting card student art competition from nearly 100 entries across the
“This event presents a special opportunity for the district
to share our students’ artwork with the greater community,” Lathan said. “It is
my pleasure to help showcase the work of our student artists and the fantastic
work our fine arts teachers are doing to cultivate these talents across the
The winners for 2020 – fifth-grader Ediel Chávez of Crespo
Elementary School, seventh-grader Michell García of Wharton Dual Language Academy, and senior
Viviana Pérez of Sam Houston MSTC – were among 18 finalists from elementary,
middle, and high schools. All finalists received a boxed set of their holiday
cards. The winners received gifts from sponsors Raising Canes, Jerry’s Artarama
and the Glassel School of Art. All finalist holiday card designs will be
available online for purchase.
The Houston Independent School District on Monday,
Nov. 16, will unveil the winners of the district’s 2020 holiday greeting card
student art competition.
This year, 18 students from HISD elementary, middle, and high
schools were named finalists from a total of 99 entries. The 18 finalists were
chosen by the district’s area superintendents. Those 18 entries then
went to HISD
Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan for judging. She then chose
one elementary, one middle school and one high school to represent the district
During a virtual ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. at
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, the winning cards will be announced
by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.
An alum of the Houston Independent School District was
recently presented with a college scholarship from Houston’s prestigious Orange
Show Center for Visionary Art.
Mary Onwumere, a 2020 graduate from Lamar High School, received the $500 scholarship for her work in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s #StrongerThanCovid photography series. Mary’s work, along with 18 other HISD students, make up a virtual exhibition curated by the MFAH and can be viewed here.
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston recently released an online photography exhibition featuring works from HISD Class of 2020 graduating seniors created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual exhibition, Stronger than COVID-19: Empowering the Seniors of Houston Independent School District to Reclaim the Narrative of Their Senior Year, was inspired by Booker T. Washington High School art teacher Maya Imani Watson, who, as the mother of a class of 2020 senior, wanted to give students from 12 HISD high schools the opportunity to take back the story of their senior year, which had been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lobby of HISD’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center was transformed into a beautiful art gallery for the district’s second annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Art Reception on Thursday night, showcasing over 200 student works of art.
During the evening, seven student artists were honored as 2020 district winners for the HLSR School Art Competition. The winners, who range from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, were awarded in the categories of Best of Show and Gold Medal.
Recipients of the Best of Show award received a trophy, Gold Medal winners received medals, and all will go on to compete in the next level of the contest. All artwork submitted is eligible for auction.
A summer afternoon at Bastian Elementary School revealed a wonderful exhibition of paintings and other works of art, as well as a musical performance of songs by Pre-K and Kindergarten students who were wrapping up a four-week summer fine arts camp. The camp, which was based around the four themes of community, transportation, healthy eating, and friendship/fairness, was in response to an initiative from Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to include the fine arts in summer school.