Editor’s Note: Black History Month runs from Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 29, this year, and HISD is celebrating with a series of weekly stories recognizing distinguished African Americans who graduated from district high schools. This third article focuses on alumni who went on to have successful careers in the fine arts. The first and second articles spotlighted professional athletes, and lawmakers/politicians (respectively). Others will feature educators and those with careers in radio, TV, and film.
HISD has a wealth of African-American alumni with talent in the performing and visual arts — and many of these distinguished graduates have chosen to share their gifts with later generations of students.
Each month, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center teacher Kellie Karavias leads a small group of her students on a walking field trip to whip up a delicious and healthy meal at Houston’s top restaurant The Pass & Provisions.
The class isn’t an ordinary culinary arts course or cooking class. In fact, students carefully select a few fruits or vegetables harvesting at the time in their school garden, then work with chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan to create a dish that’s both nutritious and delicious.
Karavias says the cooking classes began after sending out a tweet to the chefs asking if she could bring her students to The Pass & Provisions—and she received a response.
“I went over [to the restaurant] and asked if I could speak to the chef, and Seth came out with hors d’oeuvres,” Karavias said. “We started talking, and he wanted to know what we were doing at the school, so I invited him and Terrence over.”
Jason Moran poses for a photograph at HSPVA, February 3, 2015. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)
Jazz pianist Jason Moran to collaborate with three schools on community art project
It’s one thing to hear about inspiring, but long-dead, historic figures as a part of Black History Month, but it’s another entirely to have a living, breathing legend in your classroom—and almost beyond imagining that as a student, you might get to work alongside that person on a creative project.
But that is exactly what students at three HISD schools will be doing over the next couple of years, as a part of the Jason Moran Homecoming Residency sponsored by Da Camera.
“When I first started dancing, I didn’t like it,” said Anderson. “But I never gave up…I’ve been in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty…I’ve been all of the fairies and the birds, and I’ve danced in almost every continent.” Continue reading →