DIRECTOR LEE DANIELS COMES TO HOUSTON FOR HAA’S DINNER FUNDRAISER
March 11, 2015
HOUSTON, TX – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) hosts An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Hotel ZaZA. Mr. 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, Lee 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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. 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. Lee 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. Daniels’s latest creative project is the hit musical drama television series Empire, starring Terrence Howard as hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyons. Daniels makes his television directorial debut with the show, and after just three episodes, the series was renewed for a second season.
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 501 c 3 nonprofit, the vision was to create a public/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 nonprofit 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 that the Arts Alliance is uniquely positioned to provide the community.
In total, 15% of HAA’s budget (grants/Contributions/Other Revenue) comes from private fundraising for general operating and special projects. These funds leverage the public funding portion of the budget which include approximately 55% from municipal funding (HOT) and 30% for the City of Houston’s Civic Art funding, which supports commissions of new civic art projects as well as conservation of existing artworks.
HAA invites you to support the programs of Houston Arts Alliance through this thoroughly engaging special event. Take advantage of this special opportunity to hear from one of the leading film directors and producers of our time. Visit houstonartsalliance.com for more information.