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2021 Spring Arts & Communication Festival Is Here: April 12–16


By Sheryl E. Taylor

UHD Cultural Enrichment Center and CHSS’ Department of Arts & Communication is hosting its annual Arts & Communication Festival, April 12-16.

This year’s theme, “Lockdown and Released,” centers around how the global community has learned to adapt, survive and thrive since the onset of the pandemic—from shifting priorities, expectations, formats, locations, modalities, and perspectives to enduring issues of injustice, inequities, and access to experiencing new ways of interacting, teaching, and learning. Additionally, communities witnessed how the planet could potentially adapt to our absence — offering a lesson in resilience and humility nature provided. The free virtual festival is dedicated to people who are ready to think in new ways about their possible future.

Join conversations with local, national and international speakers, who will share their work, adaptations strategies, and recommendations to thrive in this new normal. Questions are encouraged to explore answers to leave with an amplified vision of how to continue adapting and thriving in a world in flux.

Festival Schedule

April 13

Noon – 1 p.m.
Every Thing We Touch: Lockdown Archeology
Paula Zuccotti

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
How To Build A Strong, Authentic And Empathetic Personal Brand
Valentina Gomez Bravo

April 14

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Arts & Communications Internship Fair

2021 Lockdown Edition

1– 2 p.m.
Community Transformation Through The Art of Nonviolence
Victoria Christgau

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Theatre in Quarantine
Benito Vasquez

April 15

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Bystander Intervention 101 To Stop Hate-Based Harassment
Houston Coalition Against Hate

1– 2 p.m.
Merging Science, Art And Policy for Global Change
Dr. Katharine Owens

April 16

Noon – 1 p.m.
How To Stand Out and Use Social Media For Job search
Jaladhi Pujara

Register here for festival events. For questions or more information, contact Natacha Poggio, Department of Arts & Communication at poggion@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.