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How We Started

Year Three 2002-03

VBB started its fourth year with a bang. The political climate around the US was getting increasingly frightening and the organization’s Board as well as volunteers felt that it was an urgent time to speak out. We opened the year with Words for Peace 1, through which we used telephone lines and speakers and brought in live voices of writers such as Arundhati Roy and Ahmed Rashid. Since then, Words for Peace has become a tradition and people all around Houston and beyond expect our organization to host a dynamic event through which we connect current issues to art.

Other new traditions were begun: all shows were curated by the Board (since there was no paid staff at this point) and each show had a theme rather than just names of artists. Additionally, VBB set out clear guidelines for our curators through which each show had to include at least 3 artistic disciplines, include young artists and remain true to the mission of the organization.

Overall, VBB continued its tradition of hosting one event a month and most events were held at DiverseWorks, unless otherwise indicated below. We also hosted a second South Asian Film Festival and some of the highlights of the year included Flow, a dynamic multi-media show curated by Norwegian artist and volunteer Lise Bjorne, and Crossing Kalandia, a documentary film screening by Palestinian filmmaker Sobhi Zobaidi, who we flew in for the event.

Words for Peace

Sunday, September 22, 2002, 1:00-4:00 pm
General admission $8/ students and seniors $5

Spoken word, dance and music from Houston and around the globe will tackle the inseparable forces of art and politics in Words for Peace. Special features of this multi-media event will include live telephone readings by 1997 Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Jewish poet Irena Klepfisz, Palestinian American poet Naomi Shihab Nye and award-winning journalist Ahmed Rashid. Curated by Troy Gooden, Chuck Jackson, Rich Levy, Sehba Sarwar, Oskar Sonnen, Sandra Tarlin and Michael Woodson.

Between the Lines

Sunday, October 20, 2002, 7:00pm
General admission $6/ Students & seniors $5
Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet, Houston TX 77006, 713.639.7515

Between the Lines is a powerful documentary film that explores conflicts in language and culture through interviews with Asian American women poets and writers who share their own journeys with language. The evening, hosted by VBB Artistic Director Sehba Sarwar, will feature readings by Filipino artist Kokoy Severino and a panel of young Asian writers—Francine Di, Anita Wadhwa, and Kathy Nguyen—who will share their writings and lead a discussion on the challenges immigrants face when confronting language and cultural barriers. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts.

 Celebrating Cubanos

Friday, November 1, 2002, 8:00pm
Admission: Free

This special multi-media arts performance will feature Cuban American poet Evelio Grillo who has performed and written extensively about Black Latinos and his work is published by Arte Publico Press. Other performers include local poet Icess Fernández and Cuban-American visual artist Maria Elena González, who is based in New York.  A collaboration with Arte Publico Press and Nuestra Palabra; and co-sponsored by DiverseWorks.

Crossing Kalandia - A Film Screening

Thursday, November 21, 2002, 7:00 pm
Rice Memorial Center, Rice University, Grand Hall
General admission $5

When discussing, Crossing Kalandia, a video journal based on his life in Ramallah, Palestinian film-maker Sobhi Zobaidi, says, “The motivation was not much the intifada and the war but the fact that our first baby Kenza was born in these difficult times … I wanted to show that Palestinians are like any other normal society, they are diverse, complex and very misunderstood.” Co-sponsored by DiverseWorks, KPFT Pacifica Radio and the American-Arab  Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Age Speaks

Sunday, December 8, 2002, 4:00 pm
General admission $5/ students and seniors $3

In Age Speaks, VBB will showcase poets and performance artists across the spectrum of age, ranging from seventeen to seventy. Among the afternoon’s lineup will be Dodie Meeks, a senior poet and writer who served as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle during the sixties, Jack Thomas, a writer and veteran of the Vietnam war, young artists Chetan Kumar and Adelle Rodriguez as well as dancer-writer Laura Lopez. Curators Debi Bryant and Susan Levy look forward to hosting an afternoon of art through the lens of different generations.

Living Art

Sunday, January 19, 2003, 4:00 pm
General admission $5/ students and seniors $3

Voices Breaking Boundaries skates the thin line between life and art through Living Art, a performance that explores the beauty of everyday existence—from the simplicity of the beating of the heart to the surreal industrialism of oil refineries. Featured work include drumming and dancing by Luna Nueva, video art by Kayte Young and Matt Radune, and spoken word by Hank Hancock and young artist Francine Di. The afternoon, curated by Michael Woodson, Chuck Jackson, and Francine Di will close with an open mike.

Flow: A Collage Of Sights And Sounds

Sunday, February 23, 2003, 4:00 pm
General admission $5/ students and seniors $3
DiverseWorks Artspace and Dramos Studio (next to DW)

Continuing along its theme of showcasing a rich variety of artists, VBB presents, FLOW, a nontraditional staging of visual and performance art to enhance communication across art forms including painting, videography, dance, and poetry. All artists, especially upcoming young voices are invited to bring their artform to share in the open mike. FLOW is curated by visual artist, poet and playwright Donna Perkins, Norwegian visual artist Lise Bjorne, fiction writer Diana Wolfe and Urdu poet and performance artist Shaista Parveen.

La Voz Femenina: Artists Celebrate International Women's Month

Thursday, March 13, 2003
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston-Main, 6-8:00pm

Arte Público Press and VBB celebrate International Women's Month with a reading by award-winning author Graciela Limón. The evening includes an open mike and music and dance by University of Houston students. Curators for this event are VBB Board Secretary Marina Tristán who also serves as Assistant Director of Arte Público Press and poet and activist Carolina Monsivais from HAWC.Co-sponsored by the Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC).

Wading In The Water: Africa And Beyond

Sunday April 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
General admission $5/ students and seniors $3

Through a vibrant mix of spoken word, music and dance, Wading in the Water will explore and celebrate links between the African American culture, its African continent roots and ties to the Caribbean islands. As always, an open mike will give audience members a chance to share their work. This exciting show is curated by local slam artist Cedric Ary, African dancer Tonya Pennie and Jamaican poet Michele Rainford.

Crossing Borders: Films From South Asia

May 15-18, 2003;
Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Aurora Picture Show
1001 Bissonnet, Houston TX 77006, 713.639.7515

VBB and the Museum of Fine Arts will bring to Houston a diverse collection of films from South Asia. This weekend of films is hosted and curated by radio show host and VBB Board President Nusrat Malik and VBB Board Member Surender Talwar. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Amalgamation: Hear What Teenagers Have to Say

Poetry, jazz, photography and drawings by Houston teenagers
7:00pm, Friday, June 27, 2003
Admission: $5.00 requested donation; free for students
DiverseWorks Artspace
1117 East Freeway, Houston TX 77002

AMALGAMATION is a show that presents teenage jazz artists, songwriters, poets, visual artists and much more. The production is a result of a multidisciplinary workshop held at Furr High School during June 2003. Artists include: Jim Arnold, Antaeus Austin, Carlos Aviles, Emaneli Cintron, Wilfredo Galeano, John Gonzalez, Allison Hammons, and Bethany Leon. Open mike to follow performance. Curated by high school graduate Eric Hester and Furr High School student Jorge Canales.


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