Exciting News for our Friends, Partners & Sponsors 

TFAA impactful programs
Be the Peace - Be the Hope
at Las Americas

Our team is excited to announce that the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) is a recipient of the Bridge Up Innovation Grant from the Menninger Clinic, one of the nation’s top psychiatric hospitals and a leader in mental health care. With this grant the TFAA's Be the Peace-Be the Hope (BTPBTH) social and emotional learning (SEL) therapeutic arts program in partnership with Las Americas Newcomer school will help to detect mental and behavioral issues in at-risk youth and prevent disengagement, delinquency, bullying and on-campus violence at Las Americas Newcomer School for the entire 2018-2019 school year.

This year-long BTPBTH program serves two classrooms consisting of 50 6th - 8th graders, where 100% of the students are considered at-risk. Las Americas is a campus that educates recent immigrant and refugee students with limited English language proficiency. 

Throughout the year BTPBTH is providing its core SEL workshops, as well as collaborating their practices with partners specializing in creative and therapeutic disciplines. Students will learn SEL tools through these creative classes, taught by The W.I.D.E. School, Prelude Music Foundation, Houston Grand Opera co, Literacy through photography at Fotofest, Urban Movement, Multicultural Education and Counselling through the Arts, Xavier Educational Academy, and receive mental health support by the Houston Galveston InstituteThe Alliance Wellness Center and The Center for Healing Arts and Sciences. Towards the end of the year, the students will use these new found skills to create a project or presentation that positively reflects their school community.
Texan Children's Hospital Mural 
 The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) is partnering with Eyeful Art Studios and the Wide School to create a wide scale mural in the valet parking garage at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), which is set to begin installation in October 2018. 

The public art consists of young patient's artworks they created when they participated in one of the 25 TFAA art workshops that were held at TCH over the past 3 years as well as the work from some pediatric patients of the Fondation Lenval in Nice. At TFAA, we keep the friendship with Nice, our French Houston Sister City alive! This art installation will bring hope & inspiration to thousands of pediatric patients and families each day. 

Visit www.texanfrenchalliance.org to find out more about the TCH workshops & mural! 

Houston Arts Partners Conference
September 14-15, 2018!
This year the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts has been selected along with the Wide School and Sugar Grove Academy to present two workshops at Houston Arts Partners Conference: Synergy 2018. It will be held at Klein ISD Multipurpose Center from September 14-15, 2018. 

#Synergy2018 highlights how together the arts, arts partnerships, and arts integration in schools can serve students with learning differences by creating arts-infused, inclusive learning environments. From students with special needs accommodations, to English Language Learners, to Gifted & Talented students, #Synergy2018 is all about aligning our work to support every child. The conference features interactive, innovative, and fun presentations on integrating music, dance, theatre, visual arts, academic subjects, and other education priorities to create a dynamic learning environment!

The Conference is open to all! Registration is now open! 

Where: Klein ISD Multipurpose Center
7500 Farm to Market 2920, Klein, TX 77379
When: September 14-15, 2018

Visit www.hapconference.org/conference to find out more!
BTPBTH Sends Messages of Hope
 to Orphaned Girls in India
In July 2018, Be the Peace-Be the Hope (BTPBTH) partnered with Grace House India, a home for girls in India, who have been orphaned, abused, or neglected, and delivered to 40 girls ranging from 6-14 years old, the Messages of Hope that Houston students created to inspire hope! 

“I have more hope after Be the Peace – Be the Hope, because
I learned that I can trust myself and my friends and feel safe.
I can do everything because we are one!”

Mancholi and Saloni, Grace House India students

Visit www.gracehouseindia.org to find out more about the organization!
Your Support Matters!
In order to keep providing our BTPBTH social and emotional workshops to students in Houston, we need your support! We will be working with more kids and classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year, which requires supplies, snacks and dedicated expert facilitators and coordinators to lead classrooms.

Join us to make sure these children receive the social and emotional attention they need in order to thrive. Help us inspire our youth to find Peace and Hope!
Adopt a Student and contribute towards their continued growth & development through workshops and scholarships. It costs $125 to send Alejandra through the Be the Peace- Be the Hope social & emotional healing arts program. Please help Alejandra recover from post-Harvey trauma, bullying, isolation and lack of hope.
Adopt a classroom for $2,500. 77% of H.I.S.D. students are underprivileged. A high percentage of these youth are isolated or detached from their environment due to todays threatening conditions (including bullying, gangs, extremists, child trafficking, poverty) and lack the education they need in order to survive and thrive.
This month:
French Films at Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Do you love French Cinema? Make sure to visit MFAH this August and September for screenings of various French films. It's a great way to stay cool, and experience French cinema this summer!
Coming Soon:
Villages Copain du Monde

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts has partnered with Secours Populaire, Eclaireuses Eclaireurs de France and Xavier Academy and sent four American students to Villages Copain du Monde, a summer camp in France, this summer! 

The students learned about community building, and developed a project based on solidarity with other camp members, who come from all over the world! 
Art Houston Magazine

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts' Be the Peace-Be the Hope, is featured in Art Houston Magazine's upcoming issue. The article talks about BTPBTH sending messages of hope to orphaned girls in India. Art Houston Magazine is also partnering with TFAA & BTPBTH for a collaborative art exhibition supporting the Be the Peace Be the Hope project. 

The event will unveil how we can unite forces through art and education to spread peace and hope to children, teachers and communities in at-risk environments both in Houston and around the world. International artists (including Marjon Aucoin, Dandee Warhol, Sacha Lazarre, Karine Parker) will share their messages of hope and respond artistically to the work created by at-risk students who participated in the Be the Peace, Be the Hope program in the U.S. and across the world.

If you would like to get a closer look at how art inspires hope in Houston and in the world, please stop by at the Amegy Bank lobby in West Galleria on September 27th for the exhibitions opening night. The show will be exhibited from September 27th until October 26th. All proceeds will help fund the art materials and workshop supplies Be the Peace Be the Hope will use across Houston in the upcoming school year. 

Opening Night
September 27, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Amegy Bank
1717 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77054

More information at: 

Want to join the movement and make a difference?

Agape Development, Aga Kahn Foundation, Avance Houston, Avenue CDC/Go Neighborhoods, Awty International School, Azerbaijan Center, Blaffer Art Museum, Catholic Charities, CFISD, 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, Grace House India, The Greater Houston Community Foundation,  Harris County Public Library, Harris County Department of Education – Case for Kids, H.E.B., The Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston Arts Partner, Houston Galveston Institute, Houston Grand Opera co, The Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Public Library, Houston Storytellers Guild, Houston-Nice Sister City, HISD, Houston Media Source, IEDA Relief, iEducate USA, India House, Innovate At Work, Inprint, Lycee International de Houston, LoneStar College, LULAC, Mark White Elementary, Marshall Middle School, Menninger Clinic, Midtown Management District, Neighborhood Centers Inc., Pixels, Rice University, the Rothko Chapel, Secours Populaire, Sister Cities of Houston, Southeast Houston Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston, Transformation Alliance, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, The Alliance for Multicultural Services, The Post Oak School, the University of Houston-Downtown, The University of Houston, UNA-USA, UNHCR, Urban Movement, Virtuosi of Houston, Volunteer Houston, Vox Culture, Westchester Academy for International Studies, The W.I.D.E. School (previously Little Wonders Learning Center), The Rice Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, Xavier Academy and YMCA.

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Executive & Program Director

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