Be the Peace Be the Hope Article in Art Houston Magazine


Our Be the Peace-Be the Hope program was recently featured in the most recent issue of ArtHouston Magazine!

To read more about this powerful Educational and Healing arts program, please check out the “HopeArt” article (pages 68-72 in print) or click here.

Let’s continue this journey of Hope together by supporting the much needed healing arts workshops that we are implementing for refugee children in Houston schools.
A huge thank you to everybody and every organization who contribute to help children whose lives have been shattered.


MLK Cleaning Day with the OST students

MLK Cleaning Day with the OST students





To honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the students from the program From A Space to A Place and Hug the Hood OST helped clean their community.

Our Texan French Alliance for the Arts team was excited to help and partipate in the Big Cleaning day!

Thanks to Agape Development and all the volunteers who made this day sucessful by improving and making the community more beautiful and welcoming.



Nice organized a drawing contest with the Youth of the Texas Children Hospital in Houston

Nice organized a drawing contest with the Youth of the Texas Children Hospital


mohammed-age-12Following the invitation of the city of Nice , Fondation Lenval​ , Les Blouses Roses – Nice to participate in a contest to create Christmas decoration for the city of Nice , our team organized a workshop with the Texas Children’s Hospital‘s young patients.

The children proposed several drawings inspired by the Christmas season and Mohammed’s drawing got selected to be transformed into a large illumination.
This a beautiful way to celebrate the friendship between United States and France and bring more hope during the Christmas season .

Houston meets Nice, France – The Mural at the Texas Children’s Hospital

Houston meets Nice, France – The Mural at the Texas Children’s Hospital



The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts team is partnering in a collaborative project with Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, The WIDE School, the kids from Fondation Lenval in the City of Nice, Houston-Nice Sister City Committee – Jumelage de Nice et Houston and the International Relations Department from Mayor’s office in Nice.

In response to the work created by some of the Texas Children’s Hospital young patients, the children in Nice have created a panel showing our Texan life and scenery.

A large mural inspired by the art works of the children, will be created by Sebastien Mrd Boileau and will beautify the area, and inspire hope and celebrate the creative spirit and friendship between two countries: France and the U.S.


Showcase of the Be the Peace- Be the Hope tent at Aga Khan Foundation Run

Showcase of the Be the Peace- Be the Hope tent at Aga Khan Foundation Run


Exciting news: join us at the Aga Khan Foundation – Walk | iRun in Sam Houston Park , we will showcase a Replica of the Be The Peace Be The Hope Tent this Saturday 12th November from 10am-3pm.

Come by the hospitality tent to have more informations about our Educational and Healing Art Program and let’s celebrate together Citizenship Month !

Join us and 7000 participants to engage with the community and promote awareness of one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks.


Unveiling of the “Be the Peace-Be the Hope” Art Exhibition at the Houston City Hall

Unveiling of the “Be the Peace-Be the Hope” Art Exhibition at the Houston City Hall


The official unveiling of the “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” Educational and Community Art Exhibition took place on Wednesday at Houston City Hall.

We were are excited to share the images, videos, artwork and stories that have been collected throughout this incredible journey of Hope.

Many thanks for all the people who came to this special event!

A Visit with Mayor Turner

A Visit with Mayor Turner


The students of the OST Youth Council had the amazing opportunity to interview Mayor Sylvester Turner at Houston City Hall last Wednesday! The Youth Council has participated in our From a Space to a Place program since September 2015, in partnership with Agape Development and SEHTA. The students asked the Mayor questions about the changes he has seen in the Houston community throughout his life, how he grew up, and the steps that he took to get to where he is now. The teens really enjoyed their visit with the Mayor and were even invited into his office for a tour!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this special visit with Mayor Turner a reality, especially Nike Luqman and Lina Corinth!



“A Place of Miracles” Book Launch

“A Place of Miracles” – An incredible story of hope in Afghanistan



Please join us from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (1700 First Colony Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479) for the official book launch and signing of Lee Hilling’s A Place of Miracles. This free event is presented by The Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Houston and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts.


Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized – a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. Lee Hilling, Chairman of FMIC’s governing body since its inauguration in 2006 will share his story and the story of this remarkable public-private partnership as he launches his book, A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It.


The Rørpost Collaboration Project

The Rørpost Collaboration Project – A creative art exchange bridging artists across the Atlantic Ocean


Please join us on Saturday, September 10th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for the Art Opening Reception of the Rørpost Collaboration Project at the Art Car Museum. The purpose of this project is to bring international artists together using collaborative projects as a pipeline for the flow of creative energy, the development of friendships, and the celebration of freedom of expression. Twenty-one artists from Esbjerg, Denmark were partnered with twenty-one Houston artists. Each artist started a work on paper. These works were sent across the Atlantic to be finished by their artistic partner. Each artist subsequently created a new work in response to the experience of the collaboration in a medium of their choice.


This exhibition will include 84 works of art by 42 artists, including French-American artist, Karine Parker-Lemoyne (Executive & Program Director of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts), and French-speaking Swiss-American artist, John Bernhard (ArtHouston Magazine), who are members of Houston’s Art Chatter Collective. To learn more about the Rørpost Collaboration Project, please visit


Rørpost Houston was made possible in part through the Houston City Hall’s City Initiative Grant, Houston Arts Alliance, Royal Danish Embassy, Art Car Museum, Fiscal sponsor Fresh Arts, Art Chatter, Blå Døre, Art Friends, Blue Water Shipping, Savage Henry Films, ArtHouston Magazine, Aker Imaging, Local Houston Magazine, and Boehme Café Cultured Cocktails.


“Vet Art” in ArtHouston Magazine

“Vet Art” in ArtHouston Magazine

Have you picked up the newest copy of ArtHouston Magazine?

Our Open The Door Veterans’ Pilot Program for military veterans in San Antonio was recently featured in issue #3 of ArtHouston! To read more about this powerful healing arts program, please check out the “Vet Art” article (page 75 online or pages 72-73 in print).

Thank you to all of our participating veterans, artists, therapists, and community members, and thank you to John Bernhard for featuring us in your great magazine!

Partners for this program include the City of San Antonio, the French Consulate in Houston, the Southwest School of Art, the AMEDD Museum Foundation, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Cafe Commerce San Antonio, Jerry’s Artarama of San Antonio, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Art To The Third Power.