Houston Arts Partners Conference

Houston Arts Partners Conference
Posted on 10/25/2016
Drew Academy-Mario Guzman

Houston Arts Partners Conference Gives Aldine ISD Opportunity to Showcase Students’ Works

The collaborative effort advocates for the impact the arts can have in students’ development.

Carver High School student Jennifer Castillo’s artwork formed part of the showcase.

It’s the middle of October, and art students are already showing what they are learning. Aldine was among the districts to exhibit works at the Houston Arts Partners (HAP) Conference.

The Texas-based conference advocates for the impact of participation in the arts and arts education. Studies show the arts help develop creativity and learning. The arts partners believe the arts support student engagement and achievement.


A kindergarten student at Carroll Academy paints in class.

The 2016 conference had more than 1,000 attend. Now in its sixth year, the Houston Arts Partners conference continues to grow. It draws together a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Partners include representatives from the arts and culture organizations. The business and philanthropic sectors as well as higher education and nonprofits attend.

The conference gives arts organizations an opportunity to showcase how they use the arts. Educators use art to support teaching in many areas. These include math, science, English language arts, and social studies.

Keynote speakers included Eric Booth. Known as the “father of the teaching artist profession,” Booth is “one of the 25 most influential people in American arts education.” He is on the Board of Directors of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center. Booth was its founding director. He won the 2015 Arts Education Leadership Award from American for the Arts. This is the nation’s highest award.


Kindergartner Ariana Granados at Reece Academy shows off her work.

Adele Diamond presented as well. She is one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today. She is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Development Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Her discoveries have impacted education, improving the lives of millions children.

Attendees also heard from Jeff M. Poulin from Americans for the Arts. He works to empower supporters of arts education to become effective advocates.

Speakers and panels provided national data on the value of arts education and access.

District leaders also shared how they are successfully implementing arts integration partnerships.

Incredible Pieces of Art From Everyone!

Below are more images of AISD student works seen at the HAP Conference exhibit.


MacArthur HS — Alexis Pérez


Drew Academy — Edgar Amos


Drew Academy — Jade Colunga


Drew Academy — Mario Guzman


Houston Academy — Saul Sánchez


Jones Elementary — Valeria García


Drew Academy — Ricardo Palma


Nimitz HS — Xavier Downing


Lewis MS — Jason Galván


Drew Academy — Jordan Smith


Eisenhower Ninth Grade School — Katy Salmeron


Drew Academy — Mariana Coronado


Davis HS — Yordy Guevera