The Arts

Linking Art Through Transformative Programming.

We believe in the concept that art is significant to the life of a community and nourishment of human development. Therefore, a commitment has been made to promote the cultural and social importance of the arts through programs, initiatives and alliances.

The goal of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity throughout our communities. We create and support art-related educational opportunities for minority youth. Providing art projects for our NSBE Jr participants such as “Punk Entomology” and a host of craft projects coinciding with healthy lifestyles, and crafts supporting our “Read a Loud” STEAM program activities. We have established a recent partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Garden City with the goal of sowing the seed of deeper creativity for our target communities.

Our mission

Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up—Pablo Picasso

Our programs

We have supported more than 3000 children at the Santa at the Ensemble for over 15 years. The poster Art Competition has been big success for 8 years with over 300 participants from MacGregor Elementary School.

Feature Program:

Navigating the Art World: A Mentoring Program for HBCU Art Majors Recognized as Best Practice Programs of the Western Area 2018-19

Started in 2018 with 40 college students, Navigating the Art World: A Mentoring Program for HBCU Art Majors offers a supportive mentoring network for art majors at Texas Southern University. Through a series of art salons, writing workshops, and artist talks, the Arts Facet over the past academic year has successfully guided students in their development of solid career plans. Of the six graduates completing their BA degrees, two are attending graduate schools (Yale University and Houston Baptist University), two are pursuing teaching careers,and two are seeking positions in the museum field.

Feature Program:

Santa At The Ensemble

Since 2001, in partnership with The Ensemble Theatre, Santa at the Ensemble has brought joy to the holiday season for over 3,000 Harris County children. The day of events includes, arts and crafts, storytelling, science and math workshops and of course a sit-down with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause. The aim is to bring holiday cheer and hope to children that may be experiencing hard times during the seasons.

Link to press coverage:
Click2Houston: Santa Stops by the Ensemble Theatre [Link 1]
Houston Forward Times: The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 17th Annual Santa at The Ensemble [Link 2]
Globe Newswire: The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 11th Annual Santa at The Ensemble [Link 3]

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Over 30 years of Impacting the Communities We Live & Serve!

Since it’s chartering, The Port City (TX) Chapter members have volunteered over  85,000 hours in the Houston community.