ART HEALS: Kermit’s Summer Art School at The Center begins May 20

Program serves artists with HIV/AIDS and cancer-related conditions

The Houston GLBT Community Center board of directors has announced a new program beginning May 20: Kermit’s Summer Art School at The Center. This program will provide weekly art classes for individuals living with HIV and cancer-related conditions. Kermit Eisenhut, the well-known and respected Houston artist, will lead the program and direct the classes, which will be held at The Center every Friday through August 2011. Classes will be offered at no charge to the participants.

Kermit’s Summer School at The Center is an extension of the classes that Mr. Eisenhut has taught for several years at the Art League Houston. Space at the Art League is not available for the classes during summer months, which prompted Mr. Eisenhut asked The Center to host the program during this time in order to assure its continuity for the regular artist participants who have come to rely on the weekly classes. Mr. Eisenhut and the Center intend to continue offering Kermit’s Summer School at The Center beyond 2011.

“We are honored and thrilled that Kermit asked The Center to adopt his wonderful art program, which has helped so many people in our community over the years,” Center president Tim Brookover says. “Kermit is a long-standing supporter of The Center, and we look forward to building on this new partnership with him.”

“I am committed to be a ready resource to those for whom art is an expression of their inner creativity and which fosters a greater sense of well-being and happiness,” Kermit Eisenhut says. “I thank the Houston GLBT Community Center for working with me to establish a home for Kermit’s Summer Art School”

In addition to participating in the Kermit’s Summer Art School at The Center, artists in the program will have the opportunity to display and offer their work for sale in the Center Gallery, an exhibition space for art at The Center. Mr. Eisenhut and The Center will also organize a benefit art show, which will be a fundraiser for the program, to be held in June or July.

Individuals interested in possibly participating in Kermit’s Summer Art School at The Center must first contact Kermit Eisenhut through his website, .

The Center is seeking financial support for Kermit’s Summer Art School at The Center. Individuals or businesses interested in making contributions may contact Center president Tim Brookover at Contributions to The Center are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and recognition opportunities are available.

The Houston GLBT Community Center is home base for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and allies in the metropolitan area and southeast Texas. Founded in 1996, the Center celebrates its fifteenth year of service in 2011. The Center is located at the landmark Dow School (1900 Kane) in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District. The main Center entrance is the Silver Street door, at the intersection of Silver and Lubbock. The phone number is 713.524.3818 <tel:713.524.3818> . The website is

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