Young Audiences of Houston offers family friendly, live art experiences perfect for a wide variety of ages. These interactive workshops and performances last between 60 and 90 minutes and involve YAH artists and ensembles, crossing genres of dance, visual arts, theater, music, and literary arts.
Sept 18th: Movement Workshop with Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
Join us for this free movement workshop where we’ll celebrate music, dance, resilience, and our vibrant and diverse Houston community! This program is free and open to the public.
October 16th: Screen Printing Workshop with Danny Russo
Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of screen printing. Danny Russo introduces students to a versatile printing process utilized by visual artists worldwide that will allow students to quickly and easily make multiple images of original art. Countless ink and paper color choices are possible; students will be amazed by how quickly and easily they learn to make stunning prints. This workshop can also reveal to students how math, science, and history are an integral part of the screen printing process – which is actually centuries old! This program is free and open to the public.
October 30th: Dia De Los Muertos Performance with Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
Mixteco Ballet Folklorico is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, preservation, and education of Mexican customs, traditions and culture through the art of music and dance. Jose, along with co-director, Rosalia Chapa, emphasize strong mental and physical discipline while adding their unique style of choreography to the traditional folkloric dances. This program is free and open to the public.
November 6th: Visual Art Workshop with Liz Conces-Spencer
Plein air sketching is an age-old exercise in capturing the world around us. Using wet and dry media, participants will participate in learning to depict natural and man-made elements of our environment, creating a visual diary of day-to-day life. This program is free and open to the public.
November 20th: Danza Azteca Splendor! Performance with Calmecac Indigenous Organization
Experience the world of Ancient Mexico in this multi-disciplinary performance of traditional Aztec dancing, a form of dance that has been done in private rather than public for nearly 40 years in the United States. Join us to learn about Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods that deliver a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. These concepts are expressed within the symbolism of movements, storytelling, drumming and songs. The dances represent the elements of nature, the universal four directions of the earth and our connected human existence through the “circle” concept where wisdom, harmony and culture meet with respect and equality. Audience’s senses are delighted with colorful feathered headpieces, the sounds of conch shells and shaking rattles, combined with the deep sound of the drums and high pitched ocarina flutes. These dances are based on the Pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/ Mexi'ca, and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomi/Chichimeca nations of Queretaro. This program is free and open to the public.
December 4th: Visual Art Workshop with Sara Gish
Join us for “I AM A GIFT”, a visual art workshop for kids. Participants will get to make a mandala that incorporates their unique gifts, something important to remember at this commercial gifting time of year. Mandalas are an ancient tool for meditation and Sarah will use concepts from her IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project (www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com) to help children connect to themselves and to love themselves and their personal gifts more. This program is free and open to the public.
December 18th: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Performance with A.D. Players
Join us for this exciting, free theater performance at the park. An old house in rural England becomes the home base for four children who wander into an incredible country through an old wardrobe and help the country return to summer. In Narnia, there are duels, chases, and narrow escapes--and ultimately, the triumph of good over evil. This story of love, courage, faith, and sacrifice is a true celebration of life! This program is free and open to the public.