THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
I’m so proud to report that our fundraiser with SEVENTEEN different, beautiful local arts organizations – “Reunite/Reunir” – went very well and we raised several thousand dollars for the Texas Civil Rights Project, an organization doing fantastic work at the border reuniting families. Arts groups such as the Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Mercury, and Karen Stokes Dance donated performances. This isn’t a political issue: it’s a compassion issue. And I was very proud to participate as one of the organizers. As the CEO of the national YMCA Kevin Washington said so eloquently: "We believe all people – no matter where they’re from – deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. We also believe children and families need to feel safe, secure, and connected to thrive." You can see his full statement here with information about how they are working closely with the YMCA Mexico. If you’d like to donate to TCRP, please do so here. And be sure to check out this week’s VIDEO PICK, featuring Hope Stone Dance, whose director, Jane Weiner, was the heart-and-soul behind our event, and whose dancers also performed for our cause.
As Hurricane Florence makes it way to the east coast, I am praying for those neighbors and hoping that they aren’t hit too hard. As we all know here in Houston, we are still dealing with lessons for healing from Harvey – and will be for years to come. “Houston Strong: Harvey and the Value of Vulnerability" is taking place at the Jung Center of Houston next Saturday, September 22. There is still so much more to learn.
There is plenty of kid fun this weekend – check out my PICKS with Inprint, Bayou Bend, and Memorial City Mall. And if you’re free during the week, head to Miller Outdoor Theatre for their children’s shows, onstage through November. Next week they are presenting “Africa Rising” (next Tuesday, 9/18) and “Moving Myths” (next Wednesday, 9/19). Click on the banner ad for more info.