Arts Forward Newsletter July 2024 Sizzling Live Arts Updates


Just because it’s summer vacation doesn’t mean we’re taking a break. Take a look at what we’ve been up to! 

  • Welcoming our 2024 Summer Interns
  • Celebrating Jim Henson
  • Remembering Jewel Brown
  • Our Summer Reading Recommendations 
  • Jobs in the arts
  • ArtsWordle
  • Upcoming Performances


Meet the Interns!

We’re thrilled to welcome five talented college students to our team this summer as part of the Salazar Family Arts Internship Program! These bright minds are diving into all aspects of Performing Arts Houston, gaining invaluable experience working in the arts world while bringing fresh energy and fun to our organization. 

The interns want to say a HUGE thank you to Performing Arts Houston Board Member and supporter Mari Salazar for this amazing opportunity! 

Name: Layla Crear
Department: Arts Administration
College/Major: University of Texas at Austin (Theatre with an emphasis in Costume design)
Performing Arts Background: Costume Design
Fun Fact: I can recite every word to High School Musical 1, 2, and 3.
Name: Jessie Ferguson
Department: Development
College/Major: George Mason University (Dance) 
Performing Arts Background: Dance
Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with airplanes and airports. 
Name: Catherine Huang
Department: Marketing
College/Major: Trinity University (Psychology and Human Communication)
Performing Arts Background: Dance and Technical Theater
Fun Fact: I can name any Taylor Swift song within the first five seconds of hearing it. 
Name: Haley Prince
Department: Marketing
College/Major: University of Texas at Austin (Theater and Dance)
Performing Arts Background: Theater performance and Technical Theater
Fun Fact: I can sing the alphabet backwards.
Name: Omar Soliman
Department: Finance 
College/Major: University of Houston – Downtown (Business Finance)
Performing Arts Background: Band (Snare drum) 
Fun Fact: I am deathly afraid of heights.

We <3 Jim Henson

What a time to be a Jim Henson fan! Celebrate the beloved creator and puppeteer with the brand new documentary now streaming on Disney+, and see his beloved Fraggles come to life at the Wortham Center in Fraggle Rock Live, February 14-15. 

Remembering Jewel Brown

We’re remembering the remarkable life of Jewel Brown (August 30, 1937- June 26, 2024), a Houston-native who played an integral role in jazz and blues music in our city, and beyond.

Having grown up in Third Ward, Brown was a frequent performer at the Eldorado Ballroom, sharing the stage with icons like Louis Armstrong.

As we bid farewell to this Houston legend, we’re grateful for the melodies and memories she leaves behind.

Some Artsy Summer Reads

Looking for your next great beach read? Check out these books by artists and authors on our 24/25 season! 

Jenna Bush: Everything Beautiful in Its Time: A Family JournalA heartwarming glimpse into a political dynasty’s personal moments.

Tan France: Naturally Tan: A Memoir
Queer Eye’s fashion guru shares his journey with wit and wisdom.

Amor Towles: Table for Two
Master storyteller serves up delectable short fiction.

Twyla Tharp: Keep it Moving
Legendary choreographer’s guide to staying creative and active at any age.

David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Laugh-out-loud essays from one of America’s best known humorists.

Thanks for reading!