Diversity is Key

When HSPVA Assistant Principal Mr. Sean Tellez arrived on campus, so did a new tradition: The Diversity Series, a celebration of the endless variety of backgrounds our students come from, filled with their culture. As he got used to the school environment, Mr. Tellez felt the growing need to haveContinue reading “Diversity is Key”

Dancing Through History

Stashed away on the third-floor hallway of the dance department are two innocuous bulletin boards. If you weren’t looking for them, you’d never see them. Standard things placed in a forest of padded walls, striking senior dancer photos, lost in a crowd of leotard-clad students. But, if you’d just takeContinue reading “Dancing Through History”

Synergy: Houston

We have discussed the history of HSPVA so far, but we have neglected to mention one of the most important characters in the story, which is Houston itself. The city of Houston is truly what has shaped HSPVA as a school, its diverse amalgamation of cultures and people coming togetherContinue reading “Synergy: Houston”


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The HSPVA 50 Project is a special workshop held during the 2021-22 school year that aims to chronicle significant moments in the history of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. We will use oral history techniques, source archival materials, and create original works in an effort to illuminate this distinctive school’s story. Our team is comprised of nine current juniors and seniors in HSPVA’s Creative Writing department: Ben Authur, Harrison Buck, Vera Caldwell, Edlyn Escoto, Meghana John, Elijah Kennedy, Meg Lockhart, Hank Odell, and Heather Smith. Workshop leader: Amy C. Evans (Class of ‘89, Visual Art), artist, writer, documentarian, and project lead on the forthcoming book on the history and culture of HSPVA, which you can support now via Kickstarter: HSPVA AT 50: A Unique History