Category Archives: Fine arts

HISD student artists take home ribbons, scholarships at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

For 58 years, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) has held its School Art Program, an opportunity for students to compete to earn scholarships and have their artwork displayed at the rodeo’s Hayloft Gallery. Of more than 650 artists, 52 HISD students were finalists, 12 were winners, and all were honored with a special reception.

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HISD Art Car creators receive donation of vehicles, mentorship from community partners

Each year, student artists throughout HISD participate in a one-of-a-kind competition that showcases their creativity and ingratiates them in Houston’s vibrant and historical art scene. The Orange Show Art Car Festival and Parade is an annual event wherein artists work to create the most visionary and inventive decorated cars.

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HISD honors student artwork at 32nd annual Holiday Greeting Card Competition reception

Student artists were celebrated at an awards ceremony and reception for HISD’s 32nd annual Holiday Greeting Card Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Seventeen schools submitted one work of art for consideration, and three winners, along with two special recognition winners, were chosen by Superintendent Mike Miles to be featured on thousands of holiday cards that he will send to HISD’s many community partners this year.

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HISD to name winning student artists at 2023 Holiday Greeting Card Competition

Long considered the kick-off to Houston’s season of holiday celebrations, HISD is holding its annual Holiday Greeting Card Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The competition will name one elementary, middle, and high school winner, and their works will be featured on thousands of Christmas cards that Superintendent Mike Miles will send to HISD’s many community partners this year.

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HISD student dancers showcase their skills at Middle School Dance Festival

Middle school students from more than 20 HISD schools gathered at Welch Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 28, for a day devoted entirely their collective passion: dance.

Student dancers were invited to participate in hour-long master workshop classes in hip hop, jazz, contemporary dance, and more, as well as learn how to audition for high school dance companies. The master workshops were led by professional dance choreographers from the Institute of Contemporary Dance. After a day of rigorous learning and practice, 19 dance ensembles had the opportunity to show off their hard work in a performance showcase.

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HISD Fine Arts students and teachers raise childhood cancer awareness with gallery show

HISD art students and their instructors gathered at the Asia Society Texas gallery for a unique art showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Students created artwork using the color gold, signifying childhood cancer awareness. The art show is HISD’s third annual collaboration with the Faris Foundation and Asia Society Texas as part of an educational campaign called Let There Be Gold. The showcase, Threads of Gold, was designed to empower student creatives to raise awareness around childhood cancer and utilize art to enact community engagement and social change.

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Middle school folklórico troupe brings traditional folk dance to generations of students

Burbank Middle School is nearly a century old, but has never been the kind of institution to stay stuck in the past. Expanding alongside the growing city of Houston, Burbank evolved from a small school in an undeveloped, rural farming area into an inner-city school with a growing student body to match. With all that growth and change, current students at Burbank Middle School probably wouldn’t expect that they’d have much in common with previous generations of Burbank scholars. They certainly wouldn’t guess that they participate in the very same after school dance troupe, under the tutelage of the very same teacher, as Burbank students did nearly 40 years ago.

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Student creatives hone their craft with Fine Arts Summer Intensives

HISD’s Fine Arts Department believes that artistic learning shouldn’t stop just because the school year ends. Beginning in early June, schools around the district host multiple Fine Arts Summer Intensives for all grade levels to keep student visual artists, dancers, thespians, and musicians creating all summer long.

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Bellaire HS debate team shines at world’s biggest speech and debate tournament

Over the summer, the work doesn’t stop for Bellaire High School’s speech and debate team who competed in this year’s National Speech and Debate Tournament, hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association

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HISD teacher artwork creates a poignant dialogue at CAMH exhibition

The HISD Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) is a group of 14 passionate educators assembled by the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH) with the purpose of sharing their knowledge and experiences with CAMH staff in order to guide and inspire future programs within the museum’s Education and Public Programs department.

Photos courtesy of Tasha Gorel

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