For the past several years, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has celebrated its diverse culture and myriad artistic talents with a weeklong celebration, the Fine Arts Festival. In an effort to cast a wider net for all UHD students to feel included, as well as introduce the community to the forthcoming, newly created Arts and Communication Department, this year’s festival is now the Arts and Communication Festival.
Hosted by the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, this year’s Arts and Communication Festival will run from March 27 through March 31 and will feature a variety of art, music, dance and performance.
To get students energized about the benefits of a degree in the arts and communication fields, the festival will open with an Arts and Communication Kickoff Party, on Monday, March 27 in the Mural Area, third floor of the One Main Building.
The Kickoff Party will have department members on hand to offer potential majors information on the new department, fall class and department programming. Additionally, students can sign up to be a part of the #UHDArtsComm Binge competition: Students participating in the most events during the week, who snap selfies and tag #UHDArtsComm, can win a gift certificate to Frank’s Pizza.
From there the party continues with a host of daytime and evening events, including the return of the popular Arts and Communication Internship Fair, a daylong chalk drawing free-for-all, featuring a large-scale chalk gator by UHD student artist Bobby Ramos, as well as the closing reception for the O’Kane Gallery’s current exhibition, Ammar Alobaidi, A Tale of the City, complete with root beer floats.
There will also be an evening performance again this year from the UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra & Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz group, as well as the return of the Music 1303 Recorder Concert, among other events.
This year’s festival will also include Wednesday evening’s Poetry, Story & Monologue Slam, where students and faculty are invited to share short stories, poems or test out their monologue skills on the mic. The entire week will culminate with the opening reception of the O’Kane Theatre’s premiere of Proof by David Auburn.
The Arts and Communication Festival is open to all students and the public, and all events are free. Proof tickets available at the UHD box office.
UHD Fine Arts Festival event calendar for the week of March 27-March 31:
Monday, March 27
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Arts and Communication Kick Off Party and #UHDArtsComm Binge, third floor, Mural Area
- 6-7 p.m.
African Dance Workshop, Robertson Auditorium
Tuesday, March 28
- 10 a.m.
Gator Sidewalk Chalk Drawing, South Deck featuring Giant Gator Drawing by UHD’s Bobby Ramos
- 5-6 p.m.
Root Beer Float Closing Reception for Ammar Alobaidi, A Tale of the City, O’Kane Art Gallery
- 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra & Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz concert, Robertson Auditorium
Wednesday, March 29
- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fine Arts & Communication Internship Fair, A300 (bring resumes!)
- 5-5:30 p.m.
Music 1303 Recorder Concert, third floor, Mural Area
- 6-7 p.m.
Poetry, Story & Monologue Slam, third floor, Mural Area
Thursday, March 30
- 12-2 p.m.
Open Mic Karaoke, third floor, Mural Area
Friday, March 31
- 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception for Proof, O’Kane Theatre
- 8 p.m.
Opening of Proof, by David Auburn, O’Kane Theatre
(tickets available at the door)
For more information, contact Abby Koenig at 713-221-8626.