Acclaimed Film Director to keynote at HAA fundraiser

 

The Houston Arts Alliance will host "An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels "on Thursday night, April 23 at the Hotel ZaZa. 
 
Daniels, a versatile and dynamic talent, will share his life stories — based on his vast experience as a film and television director, producer and writer. 
 
Led by Event Chair Philamena Baird, with Honorary Chair Marie Bosarge, this special evening begins with an opening reception and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Following dinner, Daniels, director of the hit television series, Empire, and films Precious and The Butler (which he also produced), will share his life experiences — from founding his own health care agency at age 21 to managing actors to becoming the first sole African-American producer of an Academy Award-winning film (Monster’s Ball).
 
Following Monster’s Ball, he made his directorial debut with Precious. The film received a total of six Academy Award nominations, including Best  Director, marking only the second time an African-American director had been nominated. 
 
He produced and directed The Butler, a story following the life of a White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents over three decades. The film was well received, earning numerous Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Award nominations.  
 
"An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels" is just one way in which HAA leverages public investment with philanthropic support to advance Houston’s arts. When HAA was formed in 2006 as a 501c3 nonprofit, the vision was to create a public and private partnership to promote the growth and visibility of the arts sector in Houston.
 
Public funding includes city revenues from Hotel Occupancy Taxes (which fund grants to non-profit arts organizations and individual artists) and the City of Houston’s Percent for Art Ordinance (which supports commissions of new civic art projects, as well as conservation of existing artworks). 
 
However, many of HAA’s  extraordinary public engagement projects (such as The Blue Trees, the recent Transported + Renewed, and Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel) are made possible through private funds. Public engagement projects and capacity building initiatives are designed to leverage public funds.  HAA is committed to raising funds for only those projects and initiatives the Houston Arts Alliance is uniquely positioned to provide the community.  
 
The Houston Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization established by the City of Houston to enhance the quality of life and tourism in the Houston region by advancing the arts on its behalf. HAA distributes grants to more than 225 non-profit arts organizations and individual artists each year. 
 
To purchase tickets and/or to obtain more information, please visit http://www.houstonartsalliance.com/.
 
 
 
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