Meet the HSPVA 50 Project Team

VERA CALDWELL (poet [derogatory], uncommitted goth, Virgo) who loves playing guitar who fears dirty dishwater who feels like the moonlight unfolding over a city who aspires to collect enough books to cover every wall in her house EDLYN ESCOTO Kind, creative, temperamental Who loves everyone around her whether they have…

Alyson Landry on the Importance of Creativity

Transcript from an interview with Alyson Landry, the Senior Capstone teacher, on 10/19/2021. Meghana John: So you have a very strange position at this school. Alyson Landry: I do. MJ: Because you’re not an art area teacher, but you don’t have the rigidity of an academic teacher, so how does…

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 have…

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 take…

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ABOUT THIS BLOG

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 learn more about via the Kickstarter campaign: HSPVA AT 50: A Unique History

CONTACT US!

hspva50project@gmail.com