MEDIA ALERT – Houston Organization Kicks Off Efforts For First-Class Latino Cultural & Visual Arts Center

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7 p.m., Houston art lovers will join artists, public officials, and community members to celebrate the official kick-off efforts to create a first-class Latino cultural and visual arts complex in Houston. Hosted by ALMAAHH, this outdoor celebration will give guests an opportunity to learn about the vision and next steps in this important endeavor. The private event also will spotlight donors of the Cien Latinos por la Cultura campaign, ALMAAHH’s first fundraiser. The campaign is ongoing and is an opportunity for Houstonians to support the initiative. For more information, visit almaahh.org.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

ALL MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND

WHO:

  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Geraldina Interiano Wise, Artist & ALMAAHH Board Chair
  • Wendy Montoya Cloonan, Shareholder, The Law Office of Wendy Montoya Cloonan, PLLC, Co-Chair
  • Paula Mendoza, CEO, Possible Missions, Co-Chair

WHAT:

  • ALMAAHH Kick-off Announcement Celebration

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7m.
    • 7:50 p.m. — Cultural presentation
    • 8:10 pm — Program

WHERE:

  • Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017

VISUALS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Cultural presentation led by Tenor Jorge Garza
  • Dance by Calmecac Indigenous Organization
  • Mariachi Perla Tapatía
  • Jasminne Mendez, poet & spoken word performer
  • Mural by LAWAH (Latinamerican Women Artists of Houston)
  • and more!

MORE INFO:

Advocates of a Latino Museum of Cultural and Visual Arts & Archive Complex in Houston, Harris County (ALMAAHH) is a new organization dedicated to the creation of a Houston-area cultural and visual arts center that will showcase, preserve, and expand Latino arts. The center would support Latino culture and visual arts by creating opportunities to grow locally and nationally. The center also would help elevate Houston as a national hub of Latino culture.

ALMAAHH’s vision has already received enthusiastic support and recognition from prominent Houston-area leaders. Though the first phase of the initiative is just beginning, support from the City of Houston already has included $40,000 in seed money from Council Member Karla Cisneros. Additional City support is expected to follow. Mayor Turner and Council Member Robert Gallegos also are securing additional support for the project. Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia is lending his support in identifying potential Harris County land for the complex.

ALMAAHH Board Members include: Geraldina Interiano Wise, artist, serves as ALMAAHH Board Chair; David Contreras, serves as ALMAAHH Treasurer; Norma Torres Mendoza, E&Y- Parthenon, serves as ALMAAHH Secretary; Honorable David Medina, Chamberlain Hrdlicka; Sofia Adrogué, Diamond McCarthy LLP; Tony Diaz, Nuestra Palabra; Nory Angel, American Leadership Forum; Dr. Dorothy Caram; Nelly Fraga, Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico; and, Massey Villarreal, Precision Task Group, Inc.

ALMAAHH also is inviting interested individuals to volunteer. They are gathering individuals across the Greater Houston region, building advisory groups, organizing coalitions, and planning on hosting town halls to discover community needs. To volunteer or connect with ALMAAHH, please visit almaahh.org/get-involved.

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