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Houston Art Car Parade 2020

Houston's Art Car Parade has celebrated local artists for the past 33 years, creating an environment that showcases hundreds of mobile masterpieces created by both trained and untrained artists, student groups, non-profit organizations, and anyone a vision to create. Not only has it created a celebration of local art, it has also awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Art Car artists and artist teams and has become an important and inspiring art program for many schools across the Greater…

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Constance Washington

Actress, The Ensemble Theatre Jet-setting singer-actress Constance Washington has always been on the move. From a young age, the Texas native--who currently works for United Airlines between gigs--showed a natural proficiency for the performing arts through dance, vocals and music. Though her instrument of choice remains the piano, Washington also plays the bass, saxophone, drums and guitar. Vocally, she recently appeared at Disneyland and also performed at the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President…

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Frank Huang

Concertmaster, Houston Symphony At age 11, Beijing-born violinist Frank Xin Huang performed his first solo with the Houston Symphony. In the time since, the Chinese-born American has gone on to win several international music competitions, most notably the 2003 Naumburg Competition. In 2009, he was appointed the first violinist of the Grammy award-winning Ying Quartet and a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. In January 2010, Huang began his tenure as…

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Joel Orr

Puppeteer, Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre Joel Orr, the founding Artistic Director of Houston's Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre, has been producing avant-garde puppet productions since 1989. The English Lit major, who grew up just outside Houston in Alvin, Texas, has written and directed many puppet plays, including The Black Box, Corpus Struwwelpeter, Ivan the Fool, The Mauist and The Crime of the Assistant Master Butler . As a Bobbindoctrin artist, Orr has enjoyed many collaborations with Houston…

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Josh Hopkins

Guest Principal Artist, Houston Grand Opera Chosen as one of 25 artists "poised to break out" by Opera News magazine, Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins is taking Houston Grand Opera audiences by storm. The McGill University grad studied with famed vocal coach Dixie Ross Neill and her husband William, before joining the Houston Grand Opera Studio in 2003. Some of Hopkins' studio highlights include the HGO's 2004 revival of Rachel Portman's The Little Prince , where Hopkins sang the pilot's role…

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Nao Kusuzaki

Soloist, Houston Ballet Japan-born Nao Kusuzaki moved to America at age 10 to study at the Washington Ballet. Seeing the professional company perform captivated the young talent and, ultimately, inspired her to pursue dance. In the United States, Kusuzaki trained with Mary Day and Patricia Berrend at the Washington School of Ballet and with Tatiana Legat, Laura Young, and Sydney Leonard at the Boston Ballet School. She went on to dance professionally for five seasons with the Boston Ballet…

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Tamarie Cooper

Associate Director, Catastrophic Theatre Tamarie Cooper might've been born in a Chicago hospital, but the ‘born-again Texan' has long considered Houston home. The co-founder and artistic director of Catastrophic Theatre lived several places growing up, but settled in H-Town longer than anywhere else. Here, she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she met best friend and Catastrophic Theatre co-founder Jason Nodler. The duo launched the fringe group in 2007, which…

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Barbara Davis

Owner, Barbara Davis Gallery West Coast transplant Barbara Davis has helped shape Houston's contemporary art scene since the early '80s, when she opened her internationally-recognized Barbara Davis Gallery. In addition to helping launch the careers of talents like Julie Mehretu and Mie Olise, Davis has challenged a generation of art collectors-both seasoned and aspiring-to see the beauty and value in works by rising-star artists. She has helped draw cutting-edge exhibitions such as Leipzig…

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Todd Waite

Company Artist, Alley Theatre With more than a decade under his belt at the Alley Theatre, Canada-born actor Todd Waite has appeared in more than 60 productions including four Christmas seasons of the one-man show: The Santaland Diaries . Previously, he spent six seasons with the renowned Shaw Festival, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables , and guest-starred on all major U.S. and Canadian networks. Some of his awards include the Critic's Choice Award for Intimate Exchanges…

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GONZO247

Graffiti Artist Graffiti artist GONZO247 started imparting his spray paint-based street art on the Houston scene more than 25 years ago. Since then, the self-taught artist has owned and operated Aerosol Warfare Gallery/Studio, established a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city's first art production of its kind), worked with top brands like Red Bull, Converse, Scion and Hennessy on urban-inspired advertising campaigns, and produced videos documenting street art. In addition to his mural, studio and…

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