Artists & Cultural Workers
Mobilize the Vote!
In partnership with Houston in Action, we are thrilled to announce the selected ARTISTS & CULTURAL WORKERS who are working with organizers in Harris County, Texas, to motivate youth & people of color to VOTE in the November 3rd elections.
In August, we issued a call for proposals seeking projects in which artists will collaborate with organizers and/or community partner organizations to create culturally relevant artistic expressions that inspire & mobilize voter engagement. Houston in Action awarded 12 projects, in various artistic disciplines! THE GOAL: To activate Youth, Black, Latinx, & Asian American communities to register & turn-out to vote in Houston, TX (and beyond!). Collectively, we hope these artist-led, cultural organizing projects will mobilize over 100,000 new voters this year!
Selected artists work closely with HiA, organizers, and Art2Action participating in bimonthly cohort meetings for peer exchange, and in Houston in Action Academy trainings and/or Learning Exchanges with Art2Action, including:
Voter Registration / Engagement
Cultural Organizing: Framework & Values
Art & Digital Organizing: Tools & Best Practices
Evaluation: Planning & Process
All projects are being shared through digital means, and include strategies for safe participation during the pandemic. All funded projects must be non-partisan, and compliant with 501c3 tax-exempt status.
Visit Houston in Action's project page for social media links and more: houstoninaction.org/art-votes
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FALL 2020 EVENTS
September 1st - Announcement: #HTownVotes Selected Artists!
September 30th - #HTownVotes: Making Sense of Chaos w/ Riyaaz Qawwali
Making Sense of Chaos
Panel Discussion: Healthcare impacts on South Asians
Panelists Nabila Mansoor (Emgage Texas), Debbie Chen (OCA Greater Houston), Riaz Siddiqui (American Pakistani Foundation), Sonny (Riyaaz Qawwali) and Irfana Hussain (Daya) will share their perspectives on how covid-19 has impacted South Asians in Houston. Perspectives from small business owners, artists and domestic abuse counselors will be highlighted.
Watch live/recorded video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBSgpHaukx4
October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - #HTownVotes: Loteria Nights @ MECA
Family Game Nights & Voter Education ONLINE!
Join MECA every Thursday for a weekly virtual lotería nights! Part of the #HTownVotes initiative is keeping our community informed! And what better way than through a favorite pastime! Did we mention there were cash prizes!?! Gather your frijolitos and your cards! Message us if you don’t have your own and we will send you 2 to print! Keep an eye out for the Zoom link!
Este jueves tendremos la primera de nuestras noches de lotería virtual semanales! ¡Parte de la iniciativa #HTownVotes es mantener informada a nuestra comunidad! ¡Y qué mejor manera que a través de un pasatiempo favorito! ¡¿Mencionamos que había premios en efectivo?! ¡Junta tus frijolitos y tus cartas! Envíenos un mensaje si no tiene cartas m y le enviaremos 2 para imprimir. ¡Estén atentos por la invitation de Zoom!
Ocober 8th - #HTownVotes: Writer's Block
Description:Live online poetry event to get out the Vote! In collaboration with Perseverance Theatre. Watch the 2-part event at @WeAreWritersBlock on Instagram!
October 9th - #HTownVotes: Perseverance Theatre
Description:Live online poetry event to get out the Vote! In collaboration with Writer's Block Houston. Watch live on the Perseverance Theatre Facebook page, or on their website.
October 20th - #HTownVotes: Panel on Xenophobia
with Emgage Texas, OCA Greater Houston, American Pakistani Foundation and Daya
Watch live or recorded on YouTube!
October. 23rd-24th - #HTownVotes LIVE!
Description: Live-streaming an exciting line-up of Houston artists, produced by Paul Cuevas and Soalz Media, to get out the vote!
October 27th - #HTownVotes: Interference - Panel Discussion
Virtual Panel Discussion
Featuring Choreographer/Dancer Kemi OG
with The Alliance (https://thealliancetx.org/)