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Thank you for joining us on our Journey!

Wishing you and yours every happiness this Holiday Season and bountiful prosperity for the New Year, dear TFAA members, patrons, sponsors, educators, artists, volunteers and supporters!

As we approach the end of the year, we are happy to share and celebrate with you the TFAA programs that have deeply enriched and illuminated the 2016 year. These meaningful programs have impacted hundreds of individuals and children, and would not have not been possible without your support. We are forever grateful.

As we open a new door in 2017, we renew our commitment to develop and engage in unique and creative programs that empower children, mentors and educators, and give them a regained sense of Hope. We look forward to your continued support in our mission of bridging communities and cultures through art and education. Together, we will help our Houston Youth and beyond become the Hope, the Peace and the Love they wish to see in the world. 

Let’s take action in this upcoming year and unite forces 
so that their wish may become a reality.

Warmest regards,

The TFAA Team : 
Karine Parker-Lemoyne , Patricia Rozenberg, Caroline Edmundson , Anne-Lise Billeri
Board members and Volunteers

Let's learn some French !


A Celebration for the Whole Community
The successful unveiling of the "Hug the Hood" Mural
In February 2016, The "Hug the Hood" Block Party and Mural Unveiling was a tremendous success, culminating the dedicated hard work and time the Agape teens put into the vision, planning and implementation of this special event.
Thank you again to all of our sponsors and partners, including Agape Development, the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, and OST/South Union Go Neighborhood, as well as to all of the participating students who offered their amazing talent and ideas to their community!
We Remember –
Honoring our heroes as they “open a new door”
Check out the video of the San Antonio "Open the Door" program. 

The unveiling of the San Antonio Open the Door program was held on Memorial Day at the end of May.
The reception for the Public and Healing Art Veterans’ pilot program Open the Door in San Antonio, Texas took place in November.

The San Antonio Open The Door Pilot Program for military veterans was also featured in Art Houston Magazine Issue #3. To read more about our powerful healing arts program, please check out the "Vet Art" article (page 75 online or pages 72-73 in print).

The Open the Door Veterans' Program is a Texan-French Alliance for the Arts community art program in collaboration with the French Consulate in Houston, Southwest School of Art, The AMEDD Museum, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Cafe Commerce San Antonio, Jerry's Artarama of San Antonio, Art To The Third Power, Asel Art Supply, VFW Post 76 Sam Houston, Via.

Northside Pride Mural Unveiling
From a Space to a Place

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts‘ summer program “From a Space to a Place” in partnership with YES Prep Northside and the MD Anderson Family YMCA had a very successful su,,er. We’ve been working with a dedicated group of middle school students to bring positive change into the Northside neighborhood. After brainstorming ideas, the students decided to unite their community under a “flag of positivity,” creating a bold mural of the American flag with inspirational words and messages written in different languages inside the stars and stripes. 
Unveiling of “Open the Door” Art Doors in Bellaire
Earlier in Spring, the Bellaire City Council approved the purchase of five artistic doors on the recommendation of the Bellaire Cultural Arts Board. These works of art were installed in Paseo Park on Bellaire Blvd. at 2nd Street. The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts was excited to partner with the City of Bellaire to bring the “Open the Door” spirit to the community. These doors were painted by artists Romain Froquet, Stephane Carricondo, Anne Maizia and Sylvie Delusseau from Paris, France and artists Daniel Anguilu, Karla Morales, Linh-Tran Do, Michael Allen Martin and Quentin Pace from Houston, Texas.

FotoFun Family Day – Celebrate Earth Day with FotoFest LTP and TFAA 

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts had a booth at FotoFun Family Day where you and your children could learn how to make art and clothing out of recycled materials –
who knew trash bags could be fashionable! 
TFAA in Action – The visual power of image

Our “From a Space to a Place” follow-up program at Agape Development is making strides. We invited teaching artist Angie Dornier from FotoFest Literacy Through Photography to teach our students how to develop deeper connections in their community through portraiture. These teens are empowered as they step behind a camera, as they have the power to create the “perfect” shot; they chose the lighting, the background, the location, position, and their subject’s expression in order to convey a specific message about each community leader.

In addition to this session, the students mind mapped and developed questions to ask the community members that they would interview and photograph. Through this process, the students were able to make connections and create a safe environment for themselves and their community to share stories and experiences with one another.

Houston Arts Partners Conference 2016
TFAA is proud to be a partner in re-designing the future of education

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts participated in the 2016 Houston Arts Partners Conference as a new HAP Affiliated Cultural Organization. The HAP Conference focuses on arts integration in the classroom, with this year's motto being "Motivate - Engage - Transform."
The TFAA was also present at the Houston Art Fair.

Please visit to learn more!

A Visit with Mayor Turner
The students of the OST Youth Council had the amazing opportunity to interview Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston at Houston City Hall this last October. The Youth Council has participated in our From A Space to A Place program since September 2015, in partnership with Agape Development and SEHTA.

The students asked the Mayor questions about the changes he has seen in the Houston community throughout his life, how he grew up, and the steps that he took to get to where he is now. The teens really enjoyed their visit with the Mayor and were even invited into his office for a tour!
Educational Healing Art Program exchange between Houston Youth and children in refugee camps in Burkina Faso
The Texan French Alliance for the Arts is proud to be a founding partner of the "Be the Peace-Be the Hope" program. The “Be the Peace, Be the Hope” program implements an educational curriculum based on therapeutic arts and mindfulness for children in refugee camps and Houston Youth. An international team of twelve educators, healing artistes, facilitators and videographers implemented an Educational and Healing Art program for seven days in two refugee camps in Burkina Faso: Mentao and Goudebou (30,600 total refugees). 600 Houston students from 16 schools and community centers and 20 Harris County Public Libraries created 600 paintings of Hope for children in refugee camps.


The Be the Peace Be the Hope team went to different schools to explain the program to the Houston Youth and the powerful impact they would make by creating messages of hope to the Refugee children in Burkina Faso. They were excited to be able to share their own vision of Peace,  Hope and Love through colorful drawings.


In celebration of Citizenship Month, The "Be the Peace-Be the Hope" Educational and Community Art project was honored as a Cultural Exhibit in the tunnel of Houston City Hall through November.

The Be the Peace Be the Hope replica tent was first showcase at the Aga Khan Foundation - Walk | iRun in Sam Houston Park. Children at the run were happy to share their colorful messages of peace with us. 
The official unveiling of the “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” Educational and Community Art Exhibition took place on Wednesday, November 16th, at Houston City Hall. For the first time, guests saw the official Be the Peace-Be the Hope video, capturing the 10 day humanitarian trip to Burkina-Faso. The Lebanon Times was present to cover the event. 

Houston meets Nice, France –
The Mural at the Texas Children’s Hospital
The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts team is partnering in a collaborative project with Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, The WIDE School, the kids from Fondation Lenval in the City of Nice, Houston-Nice Sister City Committee - Jumelage de Nice et Houston and the International Relations Department from Mayor’s office in Nice.

In response to the work created by some of the Texas Children’s Hospital patients, the children in Nice have created a panel showing our Texan life and scenery.

A large mural inspired by the art work of the children will be created by Sebastien Mrd Boileau. This beautiful mural will inspire hope while celebrating the creative spirit and friendship between two countries: France and the U.S. 
Following the invitation of the city of Nice, Fondation Lenval​, Les Blouses Roses - Nice to participate in a contest to create Christmas decoration for the city of Nice, our team organized a workshop with Texas Children's Hospital patients to create their own Christmas decorations. 
The children proposed several drawings inspired by the Christmas season. One patient's drawing, Mohammed, was selected to be transformed into a large illustration displayed in Nice. This was beautiful way to celebrate the friendship between United States and France and bring more hope during the Christmas season .

Thank you to our many volunteers, sponsors, and partners who are helping us make a difference every day!

Want to join the movement and make a difference?
Agape Development, Aga Kahn Foundation, Avance Houston, Avenue CDC/Go Neighborhoods, Awty International School, Blaffer Art Museum, Change Happens, City ArtWorks, The City of Houston, Driven Theater, Eyeful Art, Education Française Greater Houston (EFGH), Et Voila Theatre, Fotofest Literacy through Photography, The French Consulate in Houston, Harris County Department of Education – Case for Kids, The Houston Fine Art Fair, The Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Public Library, Houston Storytellers Guild, Houston-Nice Sister City, Sister Cities of Houston, Houston Media Source, Innovate At Work, Inprint, LoneStar College, LULAC, Marshall Middle School, Midtown Management District, Neighborhood Centers Inc., PAIR, Rice University, the Rothko Chapel, Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, the University of Houston-Downtown, The University of Houston, Virtuosi of Houston, Westchester Academy for International Studies, The W.I.D.E. School (previously Little Wonders Learning Center), Vox Culture and YMCA
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Mrs. Karine Parker
Executive & Program Director
Miss Caroline Edmundson
Communication & Marketing Assistant

Mrs. Patricia Rozenberg
Project Manager

Miss Anne-Lise Billeri
TFAA Intern