OTD at UHD Lucheon for Citizenship Month 2013
On May 28th 2013, UHD President William Flores welcomed approximately 100 community and business leaders, including Karine Parker, Executive Director of TFAA and curator of the Open the Door art project, to the Willow Street Pump Station last week for an educational luncheon about Houston’s Citizenship Month 2013, which will occur in November.
This year’s commemoratory month marks the fifth anniversary of the volunteer-driven event that celebrates Houston’s great diversity and civic engagement through hundreds of events across the city. As a result of the citywide support for last year’s celebration, Houston Mayor Annise Parker extended the festivities from one week to one month beginning in 2013
Dr. Flores shared how closely the mission of Citizenship Month and UHD align, especially the outreach efforts of the University’s Center for Public Service and Family Strengths, which provides internships and workshops and promotes service learning.
He also drew parallels to the community-focused Open the Door project, hosted by the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, which seeks to break down social barriers and cultural stereotypes while focusing on intercultural understanding. In fact, over lunch, Dr. Flores unveiled the door, painted by UHD’s Director of the O’Kane Gallery Mark Cervenka and French artist Clément Laurentin, which depicts exploration and the human experience. Their door will reside permanently at the University’s Willow Street Pump Station, a fixture on the Open the Door cultural trail.
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