Very Artsy News: Art League Houston, The Ensemble Theatre and More

A weekly brief on what’s trending in Houston’s arts and culture scene.

By Amarie Gipson September 27, 2021

A new civic art project launches in Houston's Southwest side featuring local muralists Slyvia Blanco and Erick Calvillo. 

we all felt the mild breeze last week introducing fall, so it's time to make your way to the Theatre District downtown to celebrate the arts this autumn. While the MFAH's new Kinder Building is the buzz around town, there's a lot more to celebrate as the seasons change.

Here’s what you need to know this week.

Houston Ballet Announces Jennifer Sommers as Academy Director 

Since 1955, the Houston Ballet Academy has provided top-tier ballet training for more than 1,000 students each year. Former Director of Education, Jennifer Sommers will oversee the Academy’s educational programming and community engagement. Sommers, who has worked with the Houston Ballet for over a decade, is a classically trained performer and leader in the dance community. 

For more information on the Houston Ballet, visit here

Art League Houston Appoints New Director and Announces Gala 

ALH recently announcement that Houston-born artist, educator and administrator Jimmy Castillo has been named Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects. In addition to this momentous appointment, this year marks ALH’s 73rd anniversary. The organization is celebrating with their 2021 Annual Gala: Visionaries and auction on October 15 at Hotel Zaza. Vicki Meek will receive the award for Artist of the Year and Dr. Alvia Wardlaw is being honored with the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Leadership. The night will be hosted by Houston artist Philip Pyle II with music by DJ Flash Gordon Parks. Additionally, the 2021 Texas Patrons of the year are Chinhui Juhn & Eddie Allen. 

For more information on the gala, visit here

The Ensemble Theatre Kicked off its 45th Anniversary Season 

Last Thursday, the historically Black theatre kicked off its 45th anniversary season, Indomitable Spirit: Tenacious. Empowered. Together with the premiere of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, inspired by Aretha Franklin’s anthem of solidarity. The season will also feature a holiday offering entitled Motown Christmas and a tribute to jazz singer Sarah Vaughn. 

For more information on The Ensemble Theatre’s 2021-2022 season lineup, visit here

New Civic Art Program Launches in 5 Corners District

Southwest Houston is getting a much-needed art boost with the launch of a new civic art program that extends the 2015 public art initiative shepherded by the late Council Member Larry Green. The new program is powered by the Five Corners District and funded by the area’s two tax increment reinvestment zones. The newly commissioned artworks, now in progress, will be installed on roadways and trails, banners and sidewalks. Artists include Sylvia Blanco, Erick Calvillo and local muralist Anat Ronen.

For more information on the program, visit here


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