2:00 - 7:00pm
From the subways in New York City to Brussels to cities around the world, Subway Therapy makes its Texas debut. Inspiring us on being united and passionate for one another as something we should focus on every day, this artistic initiative has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Achieved by the use of simple sticky notes and materials, artist Matthew Chavez creates a participatory visual installation where passersby in public places can respond to questions that touch on current events, human condition, or other topics. The goal: to invite the public to respond to questions, create a larger dialogue about how the community is affected by crisis, and discuss how we come together in divisive times. The culmination of these notes will create a colorful and powerful installation that is engaging and will tie the community together. This Texas’ first comes on Miller Outdoor Theatre’s 95th Anniversary and the one year celebration of Houston’s recovery from hurricane Harvey, giving people the opportunity to share how they have been impacted by both events.
Matthew Chavez is the creator of Subway Therapy, an ongoing immersive project in the subway stations of New York City that received the 2017 Brendan Gill Prize and earned Chavez the Demos Transforming America Award. He creates public participatory works that help others, and connect people together in divided times. As an author and speaker, Chavez aims to empower and inspire others, especially students. His newest book Art in Action: Make a Statement Change Your World, encourages young people to utilize their untapped potential for creating positive change in their communities. You can follow his work @subwaytherapy and at www.subwaytherapy.com.
Salsa y Salud: Power in Unity
8:00 - 10:00pm
An original, multi-media, new production which features special musical arrangements, world premieres, new choreography and staging - all inspired and commissioned to salute the City of Houston, First Responders, and Houstonians as they came together in the aftermath of one of our city’s most devastating natural disasters – Hurricane Harvey.
Produced by Flamart in collaboration with Foundation for Modern Music and Strictly Street Salsa, the 2018 performance features representation from more than 15 countries and an international cast of over 30 artists, among them Reinaldo Costa, Sandi Morales, Raúl Orlando Edwards, Jorge Orta, Julio Rodriguez, Katherine Ocando, Strictly Street Salsa dancers, Ronald Carrizales, Rhumer Mora Benitez, Jayson Garcia, Jose Alberto Rodriguez, James Kwon Lee, Louis Sanchez, Julio Madrid, Kevin Castillo, Katherine Ocando, Julio Rodriguez. Special guests: Manolo Mairena, Eric Figueroa and Eddy Marcano.
This production is presented with support from the City of Houston, Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Texas Commission on the Arts, Rice University Boniuk Institute, Foundation for Modern Music, Strictly Street Salsa, American Heart Association, Houston Arts Alliance, Silver Eagle Distributors, and others,