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La Valiente 2015 :
History in the Making, A Quinceañera

Lisa E. Harris, Paul Hester,
Fady Joudah, Rick Lowe and Delilah Montoya

Saturday, August 22, 2015 | 7-10 PM
At the Rice Military home of Helen Fosdick
5015 Blossom, Houston, TX 77007

Evening Co-Chaired by Nita and Dinesh Singhal

Hosted by Hosam Aboul-Ela, Dina Al-Sowayel,
Yolanda Alvarado + Victor King, Teresa Arellano,
Dinah Chetrit + Rich Levy, Helen Fosdick, Jonathon Glus,
Janice Hale-Harris, Kathy + Robin Harrison,
Terrell James + Cameron Armstrong,
Maha + Omar Saeed Khan, Melaney Linton,
Hadia + Osama Mawlawi, Kathryn McNiel,
Carmen Peña + Rudy Abrego, Sally + Bill Russ,
Dorothee Sauter + Josef Helfenstein,
Mehnaz Shafi + Muzaffar Qazilbash, Zeba + Nadir Shah,
Salma + Riaz Siddiqi, Vanessa + Juan Sola, Jaspal Subhlok,
Selma + Mustafa Tameez, Martha Claire Tompkins,
Andrea White, Lorraine + Ed Wulfe,
Lauren Zentz + Heydel Cepro and Nina + Michael Zilkha.


On Saturday, August 22, 2015, VBB will hold our annual La Valiente fundraiser to commemorate our 15th year in Houston. The evening will include small bites from local eateries; libations; performances; and a special silent auction featuring work from Houston artists!

Support VBB by helping us to reach our goal of raising $25,000+ so we may continue our unique yet integral offering of productions, workshops, interactive websites, and art catalogues that unearth artistic connections between social justice issues faced by residents living in Houston and international communities.


Special Underwriter Franci Neely

El Sol: ($2,500+)

(6 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 copy of Borderlines: Volume Two + an extra special gift!)

Rania Daniel, Nina + Michael Zilkha

La Luna: ($1,000+)

(6 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 copy of Borderlines: Volume Two + an extra special gift!)

Clare Casademont, Josef Helfenstein + Dorothee Sauter,
Helen + Edward Oppenheimer Foundation,
Riaz + Salma Siddiqi, Diana Strassman + Jeff Smisek
and Selma + Mustafa Tameez

El Corazon: ($500+)

(4 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 copy of Borderlines: Volume Two)

Heidi + Greg Armstrong, Gayle + Mike DeGeurin,
Melanie Gray + Mark Wawro, Janice Hale-Harris,
Maha + Omar Saeed Khan, Beverly + Howard Robinson,
Arwa + Aziz Shaibani MD, Nita + Dinesh Singhal
and Martha Claire Tompkins

La Mano: ($250+)

(2 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 copy of Borderlines: Volume Two)

Carmen Peña + Rudy Abrego, Neelofur + Sami Ahmad, Yolanda Alvarado + Victor King, Teresa Arellano,
Dinah Chetrit + Rich Levy, Elizabeth Chiao + Raul Ramos,
Chatwara 'Oui' + Albert Duran, Kathy + Robin Harrison,
Helen Fosdick, Jonathon Glus, Dean Liscum,
Melaney Linton, Hadia + Osama Mawlawi,
Veronique Prentice, Mehnaz Shafi + Muzaffar Qazilbash,
Sally + Bill Russ, Sehba Sarwar + Rene Saldivar,
Jaspal Subhlok, Zeba + Nadir Shah, Vanessa + Juan Sola,
Lynn Voskuil + James Kastely, Andrea White,
Katherine + Mark Yzaguirre, and Lauren Zentz + Heydel Cepro

All donations are tax-deductible

Since 2003, VBB and our Board have honored artists and activists who reflect our organization's passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art.

To celebrate fifteen years of breaking boundaries and making history in Houston, we are honoring five Houston-based artists whose careers push artistic boundaries and whose voices challenge borderlines by documenting stories that refuse to be erased.

Join us for our quinceañera from 7-10 PM on Saturday, August 22nd as we honor these five Houston artists and gather to celebrate their achievements!

photo by molly stinchfield

Lisa E. Harris is a new opera composer/ performer, filmmaker and community organizer. Harris is a featured vocalist on the Grammy nominated album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller and has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston Grand Opera and Aspen Opera Theatre Center. In 2007, Harris founded Studio Enertia, a mixed-media production company, with longstanding collaborator Alisha B. Wormsley and in 2013 began the artist-run and operated Studio Enertia Artist Residency Program. Harris is on voice faculty at the Humphrey's School of Musical Theatre in Houston Texas.

photo by melissa noble

Paul Hester received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Lisette Model, Minor White, Charles Harbutt, Bert Beavers, Richard Lebowitz, and Sally Stein. He divides his time between Fayetteville and Houston, Texas; between teaching and taking pictures; between looking and thinking; between now and then; between here and there. Hester's photographs reside in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the Wooster Art Museum in Massachusetts, the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and in the homes of passionate collectors everywhere. Hester on the faculty of the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts, Rice University, where he teaches courses in photography and about the language of photography.

photo by cebele knowles

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator. He was educated at the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the University of Texas. Joudah's debut collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and was a finalist for ForeWord's Book of the Year Award. Joudah translated the final three collections of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish's work in The Butterfly's Burden (2006), which won Banipal prize from the UK and was a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. His translation of Ghassan Zaqtan's Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me (2012) won the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013.

photo courtesy of macarthur foundation

Rick Lowe is an artist and the Founding Director of Project Row Houses (PRH) in Third Ward. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community. Lowe attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the Nasher Sculpture Center and a Mel King Community Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2014, Lowe was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant.


Delilah Montoya is a printmaker, photographer, and full professor at the University of Houston in the School of Art. Her images range from large, colorful photographs to intriguing assemblages comprised of gauche, printing and photography. Montoya has lectured at the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the Wight Gallery at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including New Mexico, Texas, New York, California, and can also be found in the Smithsonian Collections, as well as internationally in France, and Mexico.

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