With over twenty-five years’ experience, Joseph Dixon works in the areas of art for education and community outreach. Dixon has conducted over a thousand workshops, residencies and performances in the Houston, Dallas, Beaumont and San Antonio areas through collaborative partnerships with schools and organizations. Currently, Dixon serves as a teaching artist for various nonprofit art organizations, including the River Performing and Visual Arts Center, ArtReach, Young Audiences of Houston, and Avondale House, where he implements fine arts programming in music and visual art designed to aid communication and social development and encourage fine and gross motor development for students with autism and other disabilities. Dixon also provides children's performances through his Early Inspirations Performances Series which offers interactive, educational performances designed to encourage creative thinking, promote team learning, and foster social development through the presentation and engagement of the arts. Each performance is Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills-aligned. Dixon provides curriculum guides for all performances to aid educators in building knowledge and skills. Performances: History and Songs of the Mardi Gras Indians, Let’s Play Together Drum and Strum /Jawad African Rhythms and Spirituals. Photo by JD Art.
2011 Plum Falls Ln.
Pearland, TX 77581
public performance/concert $450 - $900
school performance $450 - $900
workshop fees $250 - $450
travel/per diem/lodging $77 - $190
Indigenous Cultures Institute
Indigenous Cultures Institute is touring Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet, a 50-minute play for young audiences written by Miakan-Garza tribal members, about the Coahuiltecan’s 'Mission Indians' version of how this blue flower first appeared in Texas. Commissioned by the Dallas Children’s Theater, it premiered in 2018 and the new 2019 production features an all-Native cast and crew. Modern-day Maria discovers her indigenous legacy through her grandmother’s ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a sacred deer to save her people with the gift of water and a blue flower. A different version than what’s in books, but as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas; illustrating the power of heritage and the value of every child’s personal gift. The Institute also sponsors Cuicani In Xochitl-- a dynamic Aztec dance company with dramatic sound, movement, and colorful regalia; Adrian Villegas-- award-winning, Emmy-nominated comedic performer, with uproariously funny, one-man show Barrio Daze and other works; Jessica Mejia-- Coahuiltecan storyteller for children audiences; Jose Dominguez-- Aztec Danza workshops and storytelling; Aaron Pyle-- accomplished composer/musician, Native American flute player; and Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli-- phenomenal Aztec dancers, with awe-inspiring, feathered regalia, and audience participation. Photo by Ulises Garcia.
PO Box 1414
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $100 - $1,500
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she shares the African 'beat' with audiences through the African Safari program. As a storyteller, musician, and teacher, Elizabeth educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands-on art projects. Schools, libraries, museums, and festivals enjoy her inspirational countenance, her displays of African artifacts, and her ability to build a bridge of understanding. She demonstrates the similarities and differences between US and African cultures through several popular programs. A Day in Africa highlights geography and culture. A Jungle Walk highlights the flora and fauna of Africa. Folktales from Africa highlights interactive tales, poems, and chants. African Art highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments. Sound of Africa highlights the art of drumming and dance. Holidays around the World highlights Kwanzaa as it relates to other world celebrations. Programs align with school curricula such as social studies, language, and fine arts. Children will learn Swahili words through stories, songs, and rhymes in each program. Also available are diversity workshops for adults. Elizabeth received a Kenyans in Austin (KIA) 2017 'Mashujaa' (heroes) award in recognition of her contribution to cultural preservation and awareness. Photo by Andrew John.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $500 - $3,500
workshop fees $500 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500