Our past and present educational programs have been geared towards both adults and children. Kids have been able to take part in programs that range from coding and robotics, vocal development, visual and performing arts, literacy, and cultural/historical education. Adults have enjoyed our recently launched Emancipation Conversations Lecture Series. Some of our past and present education programs at Emancipation Park Conservancy have been:
Schlumberger Coding and Robotics
Middle school students spent eight weeks working with coding and robotics instructors learning how to code, program robots, and develop invaluable character lessons like the importance of planning, persistence and precision. Our latest coding and robotics program was made possible by Schlumberger
Community Music Center of Houston Vocal Development Program
Emancipation Park Conservancy collaborated with Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) to offer music education and vocal development to kids ages 6-16. CMCH works to preserve Black music traditions by educating children on the multiple Black genres that have shaped this country’s musical traditions. Over 100 kids have learned about Black music history, famous Black artists and musicians’ contributions, and had the opportunity to perform in front of crowds big and small, all while honing their voices.
Spring Break in the Tre
By working with local non-profits and faith-based institutions, EPC opens up the park during spring break to a fun and interactive experience, that included tours, plays and activities educating them about the historical significance of Emancipation Park, its founders and its importance to the Houston community.
CONGRATULATIONS NAVAEH RICHARDSON!
Navaeh Richardson is the recipient of The Dr. Andrew Arthur Allen, Sr. Memorial Scholarship made possible by Emancipation Park Conservancy and Dr. Allen’s daughter, award winning actress, singer, stage director, Houston native and Howard University alumna, Phylicia Rashad. To be eligible for this one-time, $5,000 scholarship, students had to be a 2020 Yates High School graduate planning to enter their freshman year at Howard University during the Fall 2020 semester.
Ms. Richardson is a 2020 Yates High School graduate and incoming Howard University freshman with plans to major in media journalism and film, with a minor in fine arts photography. She graduated from Yates in the top 5% of her class with a 4.0 GPA and was ranked number seven out of 147 seniors. She served as member and vice-president of the National Honor Society and section leader in the Yates High School Band where she played both the mellophone and trumpet. Her photography was featured in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from 2017-2020 as part of the Eye of Third Ward exhibit, depicting her perspective of the historic Third Ward Community. She was also an active participant of the EMERGE Fellowship and spent time volunteering at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Word on the Street Ministries, and Institute for Psychological Services. While at Howard, Ms. Richardson hopes to continue to serve others by teaching middle and high school students about photography, while also encouraging students to connect, serve and build relationships with the community surrounding the university.
Emancipation Park Conservancy’s Board Chairman Ramon Manning, Vice-Chairman Jacqueline Bostic, and staff formerly presented the scholarship to Ms. Richardson along with her mother, Darlene Harrison on last Thursday, August 20th during a special presentation via Zoom.
Stay tuned for more information on our EPC Art of Dance program, set to begin in Spring 2021!