On April 4, 2019, Young Audiences of Houston will hold its gala benefit, The Stars at Night, in celebration of providing Houston’s youth with access to the arts and arts education, which are critical to a well-rounded education. The annual fundraising event offers critical support to the ongoing arts education programs, services and collaborations of Young Audiences of Houston. The Stars at Night theme serves to spotlight student diversity and honor the most precious stars of our city—our children! Particularly, children with learning differences such as ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, or other cognitive learning differences. Young Audiences recognizes the potential of all students and is committed to supporting holistic education by providing high-quality, arts-based learning experiences to children of all learning abilities.
Young Audiences of Houston will also be honoring Harvard Elementary School from Houston ISD and J. Frank Dobie High School from Pasadena ISD with the 2019 Arts Empowerment Award for their commitment to community, education, and personalized learning through the arts. They both exemplify deep understanding of the power of arts education and demonstrate a holistic, inclusive approach to learning. In addition to Harvard and Dobie, Young Audiences of Houston will honor CenterPoint Energy with the 2019 Community Arts-in-Education Leadership Award. CenterPoint has been one of our strongest community advocates in recent years, and their continual support has directly impacted the lives of thousands children across the greater Houston region. This year’s event is particularly noteworthy, as leaders from all 31 national Young Audiences affiliates will attend The Stars at Night as it coincides with the National Young Audiences Conference. Our work is inherently tied to the creative talents of more than 200 artists from every part of the globe that provide young children with access to their cultural heritage that provides a bridge of understanding to arts, music, and dance and connects it back to language, history, and culture. [Organizer's description]