Art festivities kick off Missouri City’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Celebration
The City of Missouri City hosted artist talks, live music and an original art exhibition Wednesday, Feb. 13, as part of the city’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Celebration.
City manager Anthony Snipes welcomed guests and introduced historian and art collector Sam Collins III, who served as guest speaker. Collins serves as board member for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Bryan Museum, and the Ruby Bridges Foundation.
“When we talk about art, culture, history, all these things tie together as art touches many different facets of our lives,” Collins said. “Art is currency; but it’s not just about dollars and sense because art allows us to network and build relationships in different communities.”
The art exhibit featured original work by two Houston-area artists: Amy Cassidy and Ted Ellis.
Cassidy, who also served as guest speaker, talked about the ideas and inspiration that influenced her art and shared her experience as a member of the Imperial Art Alliance, a Sugar Land-based non-profit working to promote and support local artists through group exhibits, art classes and monthly networking events.
“Art is my passion,” Cassidy said, who serves as outreach coordinator for the group. “Being able to share my knowledge with other artists through the Imperial Art Alliance has been a very empowering experience.”
Paintings and prints by the nationally-renowned artist Ted Ellis, known widely for his African-American themed art, were also included in the exhibit.
Before and after the artist talks, guests enjoyed cocktails, snacks and live music performed by regional jazz saxophonist Theresa Grayson.
The event was held at the city’s Visitors Center located at 1522 Texas Pkwy. For information about upcoming events hosted by the City of Missouri City, visit www.missouricitytx.gov