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Inprint Ann M. Martin Cool Brains! Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

The 2017/2018 Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young
presents Newbery Honor Award winner
Ann M. Martin
, author of the popular Baby-sitters Club books, reading from her New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Rain Reign, which raises awareness
about autism and the impact of hurricanes on kids and the pets they love. 
The first 200 families will
receive a free signed copy of
Rain Reign

Ms. Martin will have an
on-stage conversation with Valerie
Koehler from Blue Willow Bookshop and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, Houston Pets Alive! will share dog stories from
Hurricane Harvey, which opened a
shelter and saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats from the storm. The event will
conclude with a book sale and signing giving fans a chance to meet the author.
Bus scholarships are available for student groups by contacting

Ann M. Martin is the beloved author of more than 35 books in the
popular Baby-sitters Club series
. Her other novels for
middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include 
Ten Rules for Living
with My Sister
Ten Good and
Bad Things About My Life
, and Everything
for a Dog
. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of
the Universe

Her latest New York Times bestseller Rain Reign is a powerful story about Rose Howard, a
charming and spunky girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a
hurricane that changes everything. 
The New York
Times Book Review
“Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly
burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book
isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love
and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need
but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and
heart-mending at the same time.”

Jan 14, 2018
3:00 pm
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Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Join Lawndale to create your own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.

Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1 - 3 PM

O’Quinn Gallery

$5 Lawndale Members; $10 non-Members

Join Lawndale on Sunday, January 14 from 1 - 3 PM for Subconscious Sketching inspired by Lynn Randolph’s Between Worlds on view in Cavnar Gallery until Sunday, January 21, 2018. In this workshop, we will create our own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.

This workshop is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Click the "Get Tickets" button to reserve your spot. Space is limited (20).

To become a Member of Lawndale today and receive workshop discounts among other benefits, click here:

Jan 14, 2018
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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2018 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

2018 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

2018 4-week Residency Sessions

Session 1: Thursday, May 24th - Monday, June 18th, 2018

Session 2: Thursday, June 21st - Monday, July 16th, 2018

Session 3: Thursday, August 9 - Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Session 4: Thursday, September 6th - Monday, October 1st, 2018

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2018

Applications only accepted through Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Submittable site:

Byrdcliffe welcomes Artists-in-Residence for 2018 in the areas of Writing, Music Composition, and Playwriting/Screenwriting (details below).

Individual artists participating in Byrdcliffe's Artist-in-Residence program are asked to pay a subsidized fee of $700 for the 4-week residency which covers studio access and accommodations within a 250-acre mountain campus. You may select your accommodation preferences on the application. Byrdcliffe offers financial aid opportunities to participants based on a combination of need and merit. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must submit the required financial information listed in the application.


All forms of original prose, poetry, and nonfiction are accepted at Byrdcliffe for the May through September 2018 AIR season. Nonfiction in this category may include essays, criticism, journalism, autobiography, monographs, memoirs, and experimental forms.

Music Composition

Composers, songwriters, and musicians working in a wide range of musical genres are welcome at Byrdcliffe during the May through September 2018 AIR season. Music Composition residents have access to a private studio called the Ice House, a converted outbuilding near the Byrdcliffe Barn where they can work undisturbed as well as several performance spaces that may be utilized for informal presentations of works-in-progress.


Writers working on a screenplay, stage play, teleplay, radio play, and/or an audio drama are accepted at Byrdcliffe in this category for the May through September 2018 AIR season. Playwrights are typically given a work space in White Pines, the magnificent and quiet original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders. At the heart of the colony is the Byrdcliffe Theater, which seats 100 and is fully equipped with a light board and sound system. Residents are welcome to stage productions here if the Theater is not in use by another theater company.

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be seen here:


Questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials? Email


Since its founding in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, located in the historic, unique community of Woodstock, NY, is one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America, located only 2.5 hours north of New York City. Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work on a 250-acre property surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains.


Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Self-identified women, people of color, LGBTQIA and other underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Byrdcliffe also offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

Due Date: Feb 15, 2018
Contact Name: Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Phone: 845-679-2079
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Inspired by Robert Frank: Publishing the Photobook in the 21st Century

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future.

Held in the Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Moderator: Ashlyn Davis, executive director, Houston Center for Photography | Introduced by Jon Evans, chief librarian and archivist, MFAH

Panel participants:
• Alejandro Cartagena, photographer and editor
• Manfred Heiting, designer, editor, and collector
• Kevin Messina, publisher and editor
• Gerhard Steidl, printer and publisher

The publishing of Robert Frank's landmark photobook, The Americans (1959), inspired generations of photographers to embark upon their own artistic careers. His searing views of postwar America created a new kind of poetry for the medium that was distinctly tied to the form of the photobook, and subsequently inspired generations of photographers to use the photobook in unconventional and impactful ways. Surprisingly, the digital age in which we live has spawned a photobook renaissance, with increased interest in publishing, collecting, and scholarly research in the field.

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future. This program, which brings together a distinct group of leaders in the field, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017, on view at HCP from December 8, 2017, through January 5, 2018.

For more than three decades, the MFAH has had a commitment to Frank’s work through its collection of more than 400 of the artist’s photographs, distribution of many of his films, virtually complete holdings of his books, and maquettes for two seminal book works, The Americans and Lines of My Hand.

Dec 9, 2017
• $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers
11:00 am
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11:00am - 12:30pm • $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers

Inprint Katherine Paterson Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

KATHERINE PATERSON, two-time winner of the Newbery
Medal and the National Book Award, has captivated young readers for over four
decades and is the author of more than 30 books. Her bestselling middle grade
novels, among others, include Bridge
to Terabithia
 and The Great
Gilly Hopkins
. She comes to Houston to share her latest middle grade
novel My Brigadista Year, which
Booklist describes as “a fascinating...portrayal of a turbulent time in history,” and
Kirkus Reviews says, “the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay
strong. Educational and inspiring.”
On September 26, 1960, Fidel Castro
declared to the United Nations that Cuba would eradicate illiteracy within one
year. More than 100,000 students from the cities volunteered as brigadistas in
the campaign; most of them were 12 to 19 years old and over half were
women. Publishers Weekly writes,
“Paterson’s story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an
improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands
the world of one sheltered but determined girl.” Ms. Paterson’s other awards include
the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s
Literature, she is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United
States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a
Living Legend.

Ms. Paterson will make a lively presentation about her book,
followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing. 

Nov 12, 2017
3:00 pm
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Free Student Workshop & Docent Tour about "Vedem - The Secret Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto

Vedem, WWII, Holocaust, Workshop, Students, Creative Activism, Creativity, Docent Tour

Come visit the the Vedem Exhibit at the Czech Center Museum.

On view: September 12th, 2017  to November 30th, 2017


Vedem’s magazine’s lessons of artistic activism will inspire today’s teens! It’s a chance to use creative means to explore their identity while driving change in their own communities.

Vedem Underground : The Secret Boys Magazine deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech”), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine (hand made magazine), complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of artistic activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.

The Vedem Underground multimedia project examines the historic, cultural and artistic legacy of Vedem, a teen-authored magazine that was the only underground publication to be regularly produced by young Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Vedem Underground teaches an invaluable lesson that transcends religion, age and eras to secondary-school and college students. Students are able to see how young activists inside the Terezin ghetto fearlessly fought anti-Semitism using their creative expression.


Students participate in journalism workshop that concludes with student creations of hand-made magazines (‘zines).

The workshop is designed to teach middle- through college students both the historic context of Vedem and the art of creating a ‘zine, or hand- made magazine, as a symbol of creative expression, and a way to explore one’s identity through socially-engaged creativity.

They will conclude the course showcasing their work for the community with a ‘zine pop-up exhibit, where they will share ideas and trade their ‘zines.

FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-528-2060 or email


Nov 2, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017
For further information, please visit the brochure link. To follow our free events, please visit our Facebook page.
Free for students $6 for adults
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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2018 CASE-PRH Fellowship

In partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houston's McGovern College of the Arts, Project Row Houses has created a fellowship program that invites artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policymakers. The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them. 

The two fellows will have a year-long mentorship with UH School of Art professor and Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe along with project administrators Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art and Social Engagement, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH's Curator and Programs Director.  Local artists, faculty members, community members and selected leaders will offer their support during this process. The Fellows will present to the public their research–to-date at the end of their fellowship.  

2018 Call for Applications

As the pilot year comes to a close, PRH and CASE are seeking two new Fellows – one local to Houston and one non-local individual - already engaged in this work whose practice would benefit from a mentorship and year-long engagement with Project Row Houses and UH’s Center for Art & Social Engagement. 

The fellowship program brings artists, cultural practitioners, urban planners, educators, and policymakers to engage with the PRH process and the greater Houston community. Through the program, it is our hope to educate and empower the next generation of leaders in socially engaged art and activism, disseminate a known successful practice, and seed discourse across the nation. 

Benefits of the program include: 

  • a stipend of $15,000,
  • $5,000 project/research budget 
  • a community Brain Trust of local artists, community members, and faculty to advise and ground the project in a local discourse, and
  • for non-Houston Fellows local housing at Project Row Houses with $1,000 in travel support

In return, the fellows are asked to engage our communities – Third Ward, university, artistic, and myriad other – in a process that involves:

  • a public presentation of previous work and Fellowship guiding questions at the beginning of the Fellowship, 
  • Present a public talk/project at the end of residency 
  • Co-organizing a Community Conversation with PRH Curator and Programs Director and CASE Director 
  • Monthly meetings with the program directors

The application process for this program consists of a brief narrative, no more than two pages (we need more of a word count for this probably), that addresses the following: 

  • What will be the guiding questions for your work in this fellowship? 
  • What would this fellowship with UH & PRH allow for that you have not yet investigated/achieved?

In support of the primary questions above, please address these ideas:  

  • How does this investigation build upon your history of community engagement?
  • How will the fellowship contribute to the development of your creative career?
  • What are your leadership strengths, and how will the fellowship either complement or enhance those strengths?
  • In what ways can the university community support/enhance your creative investigation?
  • In what ways can PRH support your ongoing practice in the field?
  • For non-resident applicants, please include an ideal timeline for your Fellowship keeping in mind the practicalities of your existing commitments and the Fellowship stipend and travel budget. Would you move to Houston for the entire year, stay for multiple months at a time, or conduct consistent week-long visits? We will take in consideration your commitments and the needs of our communities.

Additionally, applicants will submit a resume/curriculum vitae and samples of previous work for use in contextualizing your work to our stakeholders. The application can be completed online. Please submit all materials by November 21, 2017. Notification of fellowship recipients will occur by December 13.

Due Date: Nov 21, 2017
Contact Name: Michael McFadden
Phone: 7135267662
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Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

A new exhibit will open at the University of Houston Libraries in November.

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s, curated by Nancy Agin Dunnahoe of Wild Dog Archives, celebrates a collection of 1970s second-wave feminist and anarcha-feminist works collected or created by Henry Weissborn and generously donated by Wild Dog Archives to UH Special Collections.

In the late 1970s, a sociology student and Yippie named Henry Weissborn organized the University of Houston (UH) Direct Action Committee. His underground D.I.Y. zines, Ultra and Wild Dog, explored sociopolitical issues such as civil disobedience, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and a new counterculture called punk. Weissborn also contributed to other independent activist publications, including the inaugural issue of Bread & Roses (1978), the UH Feminists Newsletter. “Patriarchy is a destructive, culturally embedded force, and a revolution in consciousness is a prerequisite for its elimination,” he wrote in Bread & Roses.

This collection of zines and alternative press periodicals represents a movement toward equality, which has yet to be fully realized in 2017. Selected works from the collection will be on display during the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference as a tribute to the writers, reviewers, theorists, activists, organizers, and consciousness-raising groups of the second wave who strove for equal representation and a revolution of human rights.

The exhibit will be on display from November 5 through November 12 near Special Collections on the second floor of MD Anderson Library. For more information, contact Mary Manning at 713.743.5893.
Nov 5, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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