Arts Festival at Town Center May 20

Multi-cultural event for the Family; Mural Fest too

EAST ALDINE – The Town Center beside BakerRipley and the East Aldine offices will be an exciting venue this Saturday, May 20 when the community comes together with an International Art Festival, displaying all the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic richness of the community.

The all-day event has all types of performing and visual arts scheduled to entertain, educate, and enthrall residents of the Aldine area and North Houston.


Additionally, the day will start with a Mural Fest at High Meadows Library. An award winning professional muralist, Pinky Weber from New York City will be present, to paint a mural and talk and teach about mural techniques. The Mural Fest will run from 9am to 11am at the Library at 4500 Aldine Mail Route.

The library also will have the Curiosity Cruiser present, and entertain with a Floor Piano Keyboard, Power Tiles, and Cosmo Bots. Then attention will turn to the International Arts Festival at Town Center.

Activities start at 10am with a Frida Kahlo Puppet Pizzazz for young audiences, followed by the Zion Gospel Choir at 11 am to 11:30 am.

Next on the full program will be an Aztec Ceremony, performed by the Calmecac Indigenous Arts Organization, symbolically blessing the land. This will take place at 11am at the Amphitheater.

Do you like the colorful Dragon dances? At 12 noon the Soaring Phoenix CRCT Dragon & Lion Dance Association will perform a traditional Dragon dance for everyone’s enjoyment.

This will be followed by a poetry reading by Brittney Alexander of Lady 380 Poetry.

From 1 pm to 2 pm, Carter Academy will give a drama performance, and various other schools from Aldine ISD are scheduled to perform at the amphitheater.

At 2pm the Young Audiences West African Drumming promises to round out the performances until the afternoon ends at 3pm.

Carter Academy has planned on several activities during their presentation time, including how to build violins, African Rain Sticks, Asian Calligraphy, Lantern Pastel and Chalk, and learning Bollywood or Capoeira (splash pad).

There will be several classes, including at 11 am how to make a Piñata, and at 1 pm a Frida Art Class.

Displays will be provided by the MacArthur Fashion Students with Fashion Hats, and Art in the Heart by HTX will be showing their art and classes.

BakerRipley plans “spin art” for the kids, and games include a giant Rubik Cube, a Kerplunk, and a Pin Press.

Event planner Alma DeAlejandro said that there will also be a showing of Houston Art Cars in the parking log, and chalk artists will display their techniques and art. The public will be able to sign their names in chalk on a “ChalkStang” or a/k/a Mustang.

Kids and families can spend the whole day at the International Art Festival, and enjoy more: face-painting, arts and crafts booths, tables, and classes, train rides, and moon walk. Sponsors include East Aldine District, Aldine ISD, HCSO, BakerRipley, Suvida Healthcare, and the East Aldine Arts Council.