Opening the Door for Veterans – San Antonio in support of veterans adjusting to their “new normal”

Opening the Door for Veterans – San Antonio in support of veterans adjusting to their “new normal”  First Workshop: August 29, 2015

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts is excited to launch its new Open the Door  Veteran’s program in San Antonio, with the support and contribution of many partners (including the City of San Antonio, Southwest School of Art, the Third Power, McNay Art Museum, AMEDD Museum/JBSA Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Foundation, Gemini Ink, and Café Commerce).

This program, inspired by the successful citywide Open the Door program implemented in Houston in 2012-2013, will be focused on veterans and the communities that interact with them. To learn more about the past Open the Door project, please visit  and More soon…

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A Continuation of “From a Space to a Place”

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Expanding our collaboration across cultures
Starting: Fall 2015/Spring 2016
The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts is partnering with several schools around Houston, as well as one school in France, to continue its “From a Space to a Place” program. This installment of “FASTAP” will be further developed from our successful, summer pilot program to fit a semester-length calendar. We will provide training to the educators of these schools, allowing the student-oriented vision of this program to take root and to flourish beyond our imagination.
Stay tuned!

SSQ: International Exchange – France: A success

SSQ: International Exchange – France: A success June 7-17, 2015

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TFAA is proud to be a partner with Reginald Adam’s and the Boniuk Institute for religious Tolerance at Rice University on this project , which is partially funded by our very generous sponsor, Schlumberger. This is a thrilling opportunity for students in Houston to gain first hand knowledge, understanding and experience through an International exchange that will result in a lasting piece of public art in Lyons, France. What is SSQ: International Exchange? The Sacred Sites Quest: International Exchange (SSQ.IE) is designed to provide urban youth from Houston, Texas with an opportunity to collaborate with students and community residents on foreign soil on a community-based public art project in the form of a labyrinth.  The brainchild of public artist Reginald C. Adams,  the seeds for the international exchange were planted when Adams traveled to France in 2012 to execute a public art project with a children’s hospital in Lyon, France. Witnessing first-hand the richness that the unique, distinct culture of the country could potentially contribute to the Houston community, the idea for the international exchange was born. More than just an outreach program, this collaborative is a multi-disciplinary approach to cultural and social awareness that builds bridges between international communities to address issues of education, environment, urban revitalization, creative place-making and cultural tolerance. The program will primarily seek to work with the Texan French Alliance for the Arts in order to build upon and strengthen the pre-existing relationships between France and Houston. Each year, a different exchange country and new students will be featured as the program grows.  The first of its kind in the city of Houston, Sacred Sites Quest: International Exchange is an annual signature community outreach event designed to foster collaborations between local youth and international artists, serving to promote and enhance the creative and cultural diversity of the city of Houston. ​ For more information on this project and to donate click on the link below: SSQ website 3 SSQ website pic2



Maitres cuisiniers de France

Chef Philippe

A gathering to welcome top French chefs from North America for a series of events, workshops and the induction of Etoile’s Philippe Verpiand and Aura’s Frédéric Perrier.

Master Chef of France Philippe Schmit, one of the organizers of the event, is proud to announce that Houston is going to host the 33rd Annual Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and l’Académie Culinaire de France joint conference June 6th-9th.  This is the first time that this city has been selected as the meeting site for this esteemed and influential group of North-America based French chefs, who are dedicated to promoting the culinary and pastry arts. These maestros, all trained at Michelin star-caliber institutions, are reshaping modern French cuisine in America.

Main sponsors include GDF SUEZ Energy North America, H-E-B, Bernardaud and Infiniti South West.

Events will include a back of the house tour at Space Center Houston to lunch at Killen’s Barbecue and cocktails at Triniti’s Sanctuari Bar, and an invitation-only gala at Le Mistral on June 8 benefiting Recipe for Success Foundation and formally introducing the newest Master Chef inductees, Philippe Verpiand of Etoile and Frédéric Perrier of Aura.

For more information visit:

For sponsorship inquiries, please call the MCF Houston Congress office at 281-501-2815

Virtuosi of Houston/Conservatoire de Paris Exchange

Virtuosi of Houston/Conservatoire de Paris Exchange

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The musical exchange program between Houston and Paris is the story of a dream, a dream that invited to open doors and to build bridges. The dream is the one of Zarine Boyce, president of the Virtuosi of Houston and its conductors Andrzej Grabiec and Franz Krager. Passionate about classical music and inspired by their talented students, they all dreamed this exchange between the young Virtuosi of Houston musicians and the young French musicians.
This dream has inspired many others who gathered and worked hard to allow this dream come true …
In chronological order:
– Karine Parker Lemoyne, Executive Director and Mickey Henry, President of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA), the staff of TFAA (Hadia Mawlawi), its Board of Directors and its volunteers, Lina Corinth and Karine Massartic who invited the young Virtuosi to discover the language of Molière.
– The Consul General of France in Houston, Sujiro Seam and his Virtuosi in Pariswife, Jane Seam who supported generously since their arrival in Houston, the Virtuosi of Houston and their project,
– The French Cultural Services in Houston, Sylvie Christophe, Lauriane Blandel and Marie Einbinder, as well as Veronique Lhemann, the French Consulate press attaché,
– Gretchen Amussen, Head of External Affairs and International Relations at the National Conservatory of Paris who generously opened the doors of the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional de Paris by introducing us to its outstanding and visionary director, Xavier Delette.

– Xavier Delette who in turn welcomed us with open arms at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional de Paris with his great team (Marion Maugey, Rose-Helene Pousset, Laura Perrin, Manon Pontais)
– The Board of Virtuosi and its chairman, Dr. Meherwan P. Boyce,
– The staff of Virtuosi: Karen Needham, Steve Casas, Candice, who adopted the project with all the energy it takes to make it grow,
– The dynamic Virtuosi pro-bono musical exchange coordinator, Véronique Eberhard,
– The generous parents of the young Virtuosi of Houston and Paris Conservatory musicians
– The talented young Virtuosi of Houston and Paris Conservatory musicians
– The cultural services of the City of Paris,
– The French Institute
– Philip Frayne, Minister Counsellor for Public and Cultural Affairs,
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– And the audience and internet users who had and will have the chance to attend/listen to the Paris concert and who support this educational adventure in their own special way,
With a special mention for the sponsors and private donors including TOTAL, Monzer Hourani … who sponsored the musical exchange and all the TFAA sponsors (including Air France, Axens, GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Schlumberger, Technip,, Total) who believe in the programs and partnerships we keep developing and without whom the project would not have been possible.
A big Merci and bravo to you All!
What I have just described is a growing web and support networks that allowed the realization of a dream and the possibility of positive developments and change for these 110 young musicians, a positive change that will go beyond this week in Paris and the concert itself. Next year, the young French musicians will travel to Houston to partner with their Texan friends. Wonderful bridges have been built, it is up to us to continue to build more!

Once Upon A Door


Feb. 28/March 1 2015

“Once Upon A Door” – Event & Workshop for adults & kids: Once upon a Door is an invitation to open the door to the creative resources we have at our disposal in order to transform the world as we see it. Music, visual imagery, theatre, video, lights, games … and of course doors will create a sensory 360-degree environment for appreciating art and the bridges it builds between us, kids being the co-hosts of the event.

Jazz Exchange

Jazz Exchange with UHD

and the Conservatoire de Paris

A jazz exchange between Houstonian and Parisian artist. Emil Spanyi, will take place November 14 at the University of Houston Downtown, as part of Citizenship Month, a time when cultural, artistic, and community engagement activities are encouraged across Houston to celebrate the diversity of the city. For more information, please visit


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 Once Upon a Door was conceived after the success of and interactions of children in the Houston community with Open the Door. Once Upon a Door will consist of a festival and educational workshops that will create a sensory environment where children and adults can explore their creativity and power to innovate by using art to transform the world around them on December 13-14. The program will encourage attendees to use art as a sensory language to express themselves, an approach that will provide a constructive outlet to process and express emotions, and will encourage creative solutions to challenges.

Avenue CDC’s Art on the Avenue Features Open the Door

Preview Party: 6 pm to 9 pm,  Thursday November 13, 2014

Public Event: 6 pm to 10 pm,  Saturday November 15, 2014

Winter Street Studios: 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007

This year’s 18th Annual Art on the Avenue will be chaired by Mark Montgomery, Houston City President of BBVA Compass. It is a two-night event attended by some 1,000 Houstonians. It showcases the work of more than 250 local artists in a fine art silent auction with proceeds from art sales shared between the artists and Avenue CDC.  We are
pleased to announce that this year Christine West, Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center, will be our guest curator. At the Preview Party on Thursday, November 13, 2014, guests will have a first look at the art for auction and an opportunity to bid and purchase art prior to the public event on Saturday, November 15th.


RAFFLE DRAWING: Carlos Cruz-Diez “Induction Chromatique à double fréquence Olympic Centennial Harmonie 42.” Ed. 32/50. (Pictured above, courtesy of the Atelier Cruz-Diez and the Sicardi Gallery.)

Raffle tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100. 600 total tickets to be sold. (Click here to purchase)

Drawing: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of color. The MFAH and the Cruz-Diez Foundation presented the first large-scale retrospective of this pioneering Franco-Venezuelan artist in 2011 to critical acclaim. We are greatly honored that the Atelier Cruz-Diez and the Sicardi Gallery have donated this stunning piece to benefit the programs of Avenue CDC.

The TFAA “Building Community and Celebrating Corporate Engagement” Luncheon

Corporate Luncheon

Please join us for a unique moment of celebration and learning, at the first TFAA Annual Corporate Luncheon on November 13, 2014, 11:30 am-2pm.

Celebrate with us Texan and French philanthropy over a French 3-course lunch: international executives, key stakeholders, community leaders and renowned guest speakers will share  their visions and thoughts for the future of our multicultural city’s art ecosystem. Artists will perform during lunch.

You will also have a chance to get a glimpse of TFAA’s ambitious programming, hear about our success stories and meet some of our fantastic corporate and cultural partners.

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel: join us for a special dose of inspiration, create a sense of community through an innovative and stimulating program, network with Houston’s cultural and business leaders in a relaxed and creative environment.

Call us today to reserve your seat, at 832.978.5191 or Tables and seats are still available for purchase.