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 citizenshipmonth.org.


Once Upon a Door


 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.

Texan-French Alliance for the Arts at the Houston Fine Art Fair

TFAA booth at the HFAFPlease join the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts as our VIP guest for the opening night of the Houston Fine Art Fair. Please see some pictures en avant-premiere! Artworks from Walid Zouari, Sebastien Boileau, Skunkdog and Robert Hodge.
Please CLICK HERE to print your pass: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/texan-french-alliance-for-the-arts-vip-pass-tickets-12736391891.
Un tres grand merci to our sponsors including GDF-SUEZ, TOTAL, Air France, TECHNIP and Schlumberger, for their support and for believing in TFAA’s programs and vision.

Un tres grand merci to all our volunteers who will be volunteering on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for TFAA. This is so appreciated !  You are an important key to our community!


Celebrate Houston as an Arts Mecca

Discover the 4th annual HFAF, a celebration of Houston’s visual arts. HFAF has established itself as a must-attend art experience. Set to international standards, HFAF offers its most spacious and impactful art viewing experience to date. This year, curators thoughtfully assembled a list of 60 displays from 17 countries. This well-curated and expansive selection showcases promising up and coming artists, mid-career and the masters from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the US.

Each year, over thirteen thousand fairgoers return to reconnect with past exhibitors and discover new ones. HFAF is an opportunity to uncover treasures for your home and office. There is easy access at NRG Center, with convenient parking and a valet option.

2014’s Special Events

  • Explore nearly 1,000 contemporary works of art by 300      renowned artists-Houston’s largest selection of fine art- making it the      acquisition event of the year.
  • Explore the memorable Houston Artists Hall of Hame@HFAF as we salute 15 pioneering art inductees who help place      Houston on the national art map.
  • Sit in on the thought-provoking HFAF ArtSpeak      series presented by CultureMap      featuring 5 sessions throughout the weekend. Gain insights on topics      ranging from museum curating to managing your collection.
  • Meet the 2014 honorees on Sat. Sept. 20 – Lifetime      Achievement Awardee is MFAH’s esteemed curator of photography      Anne Tucker, and Illumination      Award of Excellence in Arts Education to David E. Brauer, the      longtime revered educator at the Glassell School of Art, MFAH.
  • Join a lineup of 60 prestigious museum and cultural      institutions from the region who support the fair.
  • Witness cutting-edge installations      traveling to Houston from Egypt and Mexico, as well as local artists.
  • Gain exclusive access to the coveted VIP lounge,      presented by Luxe Interior + Design      magazine. The VIP Lounge is designed with a theme of “Natural      Elements” showcasing various textures and a touch of royal blue,      complete with hand-selected furnishings and custom-made stone bar.
  • In addition to the international flavor, meet with 8      respected local Houston      galleries
  • Discover the latest trends in collecting both Latin      American (Sept. 19) and Middle Eastern Art (Sept. 21).
  • #RelaxandRevive in the CultureMap Collectors Lounge      furnished by Cantoni. Providing patrons the opportunity to relax in style,      the lounge will feature one of Cantoni’s newest arrivals, the Natuzzi      Re-Vive, an intuitive chair that is the world’s first performance      recliner. Engage with our sponsors on Twitter by tagging @CantoniDesign      and @CultureMap and using the hash tag #RelaxandRevive

Join the astonishing action this weekend!

Skunkdog, a soulful street artist from Marseille opens the door

Open the Door Artist Interview: Skunkdog

“These two women painted on the door, to me, are a symbol of the old Europe and the new America. They represent this duality that exists in my own spirit, the tradition of European painting and the novelty and modernism of American painting since the 1950’s. They are also an affirmation of my name and my sense of belonging to my group of graffiti artists. The door also represents my friendship with the painter DOK. The first name of each person that I met in Houston is inscribed on the door to evoke my gratitude to those who opened their door to me and gave me support.” Skunkdog


1- Skunkdog, were you familiar with Texan-French Alliance for the Arts prior to participating on this project?

 Yes, I had heard of it from friends living in Houston. And I had received pictures of the open door exhibition. 

 2. What drew you to participate in this project?

 Participating in a project is always a challenge especially when the support/material is original.

 3. What are your thoughts on Public Art and did your experience with Open the Door (OTD) change your perception or understanding of the potential impact this art form can have on a community? Please explain.

I have participated in several projects in which the artworks were exhibited in the street, like the cow parade or the Cool globe and the funny zoo in Marseille. It’s great fun to see the reactions of people on the street and the reactions are often surprising. What I like in all of that is the reactions of the children who are usually enchanted by what they can see on the street. But the art on the street should certainly trigger the interest of people who have no access to art in their daily lives.

The idea of a door painted on one side by one artist and the other side by another artist opens a set of amusing questions & answers. I liked it so, and I hope to get a chance on my return to Houston to meet local artists. In each city in each country, artistic approaches are different, and art is nourished by   encounters and exchanges. I painted Houston differently, the city, the people have influenced me. We always grow up when we travel and work in a country that is not ours. I have already participated in these kinds of projects and I’ll do it again for it is important to experience art in the street.

 4. What was the most important thing you learned from it and/or what surprised you about this process?

You always learn when you paint away from your studio, the most important thing was the encounter with the people who opened their doors to realize this project. the astonishing diversity of the American people, their good spirit and their hospitality.

I am a painter who uses energy, the word and who follows his instinct. I never know where I go when I start painting, I adapt to the support and I try to paint my everyday life. I liked expressing and giving a little piece of France with my painting.


5. How did this project enhance your connection with or understanding of Houston and Houston’s multi-ethnic communities (given the diverse locations of the doors across Houston)?

I am impregnated with American culture, music, cinema, painting. Expertise is different between old Europe and the new world, but the ideas are often consistent. Global thinking is taking place all around the world, only the sensitivities and the way we express ourselves change from a continent to another. With the emergence of street art,  language has become identical.  From the encounters that I made in Houston, I can say that multiculturalism is obvious here as it is in my city of Marseille.

 6. Did this project impact your community, family or organization? How?  Any final thoughts? For example, what artistic doors would you like to open in the future (individually, collectively or institutionally)?

I will able to tell you more upon my return to Houston, a month and a half spent here does not allow me to answer you, but what I can say is that the French people in Houston are sensitive to this project.

The foreign sun,

it squints upon

A bed that is never mine

As friends and other strangers

From their fates try to resign

Leaving men wholly, totally free

To do anything they wish to do but die

And there are no trials inside the Gates of Eden

Bob Dylan

Art Save Lives Phase One Launches This Fall

Art Saves Lives: A Cultural Conversation purposes to offer a conversation of hope and awareness, encouragement and possibility via the universal language of the arts. This project is a collaborative arts exchange partnership between Susan Blair, a Houston-based writer/choreographer/dancer/actor and Patrice Pike, singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of the Grace Foundation of Texas, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving young adult survivors of homelessness. French artist, Eric Oberhoff, choreographer and director of Compagn
ie Humaine, Nice, will join Susan and Patrice as the initial artist collaborators.


As phase one of two phases, this Educational Outreach Arts Exchange brings together artists of the two cities in two performances and five outreach workshops focused on underserved teens and will be presented in a week-long residency in Nice in September 2014. Phase two of the exchange is planned for Houston in 2015.
Date: September 7-14, 2014 (phase one, Nice); 2015 (phase two, Houston)


TFAA’s Fall Programming

Partnerships Launching in 2014 – Happening in 2015

Virtuosi of Houston/Conservatoire de Paris Exchange


In March of 2015, the Virtuosi of Houston, a Houston-based, non-profit organization that provides semi-professional performance opportunities for youth musicians, will travel to Paris to rehearse and perform with students at the Conservatorie de Paris, the premiere youth music school in France. This exchange will provide an unforgettable cultural experience, as students will stay with French families and tour Paris, as well as an invaluable educational experience: Students will rehearse in the French style, rehearsals that will culminate in a performance at one of Paris’s most famed venues. Stay tuned, if you want to support this amazing project.

The Children Hospital Workshops and Mural

TFAA is proud to partner with the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and the Fondation Lenval in Nice, to create therapeutic creative workshops for patients, the fruits of which will inspire a mural created by respected Houston graffiti artists. These workshops will provide stress relief as well as teach the patients how to use creativity to problem-solve and as a constructive emotional outlet.

TFAA Goes to Summer Camp

This week the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) team had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at the AIDS Foundation Houston’s Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who are HIV-positive, hosted at the Camp For All campus. Seeing the children in this joyous environment, playing without care, was a profound experience. Although we were there to teach them arts and crafts activities, we found ourselves learning from their strength and courageous attitude. We worked together with them to create precious keepsakes of the camp experience, treating them to traditional French crepes with jam at the end of the day.

To see children who are not only seriously ill, but ill with a tremendously stigmatized disease, playing, being sassy, running, jumping, and forgetting their worries gave us faith in the strength of the human spirit. Sharing with them the idea that there are no mistakes in art, and that a “mistake” only creates a new opportunity to explore was an amazing chance for us to inspire them as they inspired us. We feel incredibly grateful to the generous staff and volunteers of AIDS Foundation Houston, Camp Hope, Camp For All and the campers for allowing us to share our love and teach them how to express love through art and creativity.

A purse made from trash bags and duct tape, decorated by a camper, and the TFAA team.purseDSCN0716

French Circus to Perform at Discovery Green

Barolosolo Cirkus Company from Carcasonne will perform July 3 and 4 at Discovery Green with Houston’s own Cirque La Vie and FrenetiCore Dance Company. Barolosolo will perform their show “ile O” for the first time in Texas, a mix of comic physical theater, aquatic poetry, and music. The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs, pets, and picnics.

The event is from 7-10 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

7 p.m. FrenetiCore Dance Company

7:40 p.m. Barolosolo’s performance of ”ile O”

8:30 p.m. Cirque La Vie

9:30 p.m. Barolosolo’s performance of “ile O”

More information can be found here.