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Organization The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL)

Category Advocacy

Description The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake promotes cultural enrichment through unification of visual, literary, educational and performing arts serving thirty-two municipalities in the borders of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria Counties.

Goals Include:

- Focus attention on the importance of art to education, our economy, and quality of life;

- Establish partnerships with educational, political, business and social leaders, and the community at large;

- Promote awareness, education and access to cultural arts by presenting and promoting public art, local and visiting exhibits, performances, speakers and conferences;

- Publish materials, including a magazine, State of the Arts at Clear Lake;

- Maintain a Center for exhibits, educational programs, performances, and administrative offices for center and magazine;

- Engage the Community at large in planning and funding a permanent center for the arts.



Events and
Traditions
TAACCL's galleries provide space for artists, both local and abroad, with monthly opening receptions drawing over 100 visitors for each, including two annual public school children's juried exhibits whose attendance has boasted 1,000-plus people. Evening receptions are hosted by TAACCL. Professional area musicians play at receptions; punch and hors d'oeuvres are served. TAACCL hosts several juried competitions throughout the year (past juried shows have featured ceramic & textiles; digital art; photography; mixed media; watercolors), giving artists at local, state, national and international levels the opportunity to compete and to exhibit in our galleries. Special exhibitions have included contemporary works by Chinese artists. TAACCL was one of several venues across Houston included in FotoFest's exhibitions.

TAACCL's 2001 Fundraiser celebrated the opening of its Theatre for Performing Arts with "A Stonemason Evening" - selected monologues taken from the premier production of bestselling author Cormac McCarthy's play, The Stonemason, directed by Houston's Peter Webster (HBO - Little Women). The event hosted over 130 guests, and raised funds to support TAACCL's ongoing public programs.

TAACCL hosted a spring concert in 2002 given by the internationally-acclaimed Marian Anderson String Quartet. This complementary public performance honored nearly 100 of TAACCL's Cornerstone Members.

TAACCL recently hosted "The Best of Clear Lake" FESTIVAL of PERFORMING ARTS, a salute to the 2002 World Space Congress which met this October in Houston. The community event was a collaborative effort by The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) with several area nonprofit performing arts organizations and the City of Nassau Bay, including performances by Houston Grand Opera, Ad Deum Dance Company, Mariachi Imperial de America, and Straight No Chaser Jazz.


Classes and
Workshops
Imagination Station, TAACCL's FREE monthly art education program for children, hosts approximately 900 children annually, providing interactive and culturally-diverse programs in dance, music, storytelling, visual and hands-on creative arts. Volunteer Director Dr. Rosalind Perez plans and executes a schedule with professional and volunteer art educators. This also includes Summer Arts Camp, a series of week-long workshops offered during the month of June. In 2002, the program expanded to include introduction to violin, pinhole photography, and poetry.

Weekly children's Art Classes are offered in mixed media, drawing, painting, and clay. A class teaching introduction to the violin has been added to the class roster.

Weekly adult Art Classes are offered in watercolor, sculpting, and oils. The adult art education program has expanded to include nature photography, wine-tasting and fiction workshops.

Residents of HRA Village, an assisted living facility for adults with disabilities in Texas City, participate in TAACCL's successful outreach programming. TAACCL's newest outreach included a three-week program targeting students ages 3 - 6 at The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston.

The SAIC Digital Arts Lab offers professional instruction to teenagers in preparation for high-tech futures, especially those with artistic ability at academic risk (two scholarships are available for each six-week session). Adults register for all-day weekend seminars to accommodate weekly work schedules. Students are instructed in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Strata 3D, Website Creation, and Flash Animation - Freehand on 5 state-of-the-art Macintosh computers and accessories in a special classroom. New software has been added to the curriculum, including two Freehand programs: Introduction to Macromedia, and Flash Interactivity.


Additional
Information
In an age when corporate-owned java joints can be found on every corner with bargain booksellers in close proximity, the greater Clear Lake Area boasts a rare and brilliant entity: Galileo's Coffee & Books.

This refreshing alternative to chain outlets is located within The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization presenting and promoting cultural arts for the community at large. All net proceeds from this shop benefit public art programs at the multi-discipline arts center, located at 2000 NASA Road 1, directly across from Johnson Space Center. Galileo's offers an intimate setting inside overlooking galleries, as well as an outside deck facing green areas and sculptures.

Galileo's is a book-lovers' haven featuring some hard-to-find selections. Books include topics on Art Education, Architecture, Performing Arts, Art History, and Texana. Books by local authors also line the shelves, and are featured during book signing receptions hosted throughout the year.


Web Address www.taaccl.org

Contact Kay Taylor Burnett, President & Chief Executive Officer
Phone 281.335.7777
Email kburnett@taaccl.org

Address 2000 NASA Road 1
Nassau Bay, TX 77058



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