Viewing The Entries

October 31, 2006 | 2 Comments

On Saturday, November 4th (from 8-9:00am only) you can view the Painting and Drawing entries (482 pieces). Then on Saturday, November 11th the public can view (8-9:00am only) Mixed Media, Electronic Media, and Photography entries (659 pieces). This is a great teaching and learning opportunity. Don’t be late! :-)

Kerr High School thinks Culture Shapers rocks!

October 31, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Kerr High SchoolThanks to Lisa Canorro and her students at Kerr High School for sending in this photo. We think you guys rock, too!


Unofficial Individual High School Entry Data

October 31, 2006 | Leave a Comment

We had 68 different high schools involved in the competition this year. And five people submitted entries that were being home schooled. The top 5 high schools with number of entries were: John Cooper 90, Clements 68, Cinco Ranch 62, Klein 61, and Memorial 47. More data every day! :-)


October 30, 2006 | 5 Comments

After taking in 900+ entries in the last two days, we have a lot of clean up and double checking to do, but UNOFFICIALLY we’re at 1,356 entries. A total of 21 different ISD’s submitted entries plus home schoolers and that awesome private school in the Woodlands with 90 entries- The John Cooper School.
Seven ISD’s submitted over 100 entries, or 80% of the total. Unofficially, here are those top 8 ISD’s that cover the four geographical areas of this massive metroplex.
1-Cy-Fair (177), 2-Klein (156), 3-Spring Branch (123), 4-Katy (109), 5-Ft. Bend 108, 6-Clear Creek (103), 7- Aldine (100) followed close behind were John Cooper with 90 and Alief with 80.

Unofficially………….1,341!……now 1,356! :-)

October 28, 2006 | 1 Comment

In spite of cut backs this year in some art programs, the 2006 total is the 2nd highest ever, falling only about 94 shy of the 2005 record. Congratulations for ALL of you. This is one of those “experiences” that is just one step in your art journey. I’ll be posting many statistics over the next week (where the pieces came from, etc.). Also, there will two opportunities to view ALL the competition entries, Saturday, November 4th and 11th from 8 am to 9 am only. I’ll announce which categories will be viewed later this week. Again, you took a big step and now it’s up to the judges to go to work. Much more data and statistics next week, and then all of those teasers that lead up to the $100,000 sweeptakes, November 29th. Art Rocks! :-)
“If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of.” Cindy Sherman

Two Hours Left!

October 28, 2006 | Leave a Comment

We have taken in 1,259 entries. The top three categories are: Drawing (342), Photography (264) and Mixed Media (207). Deadline is 5pm!

Only Five Hours Left

October 28, 2006 | Leave a Comment

The entry period for 2006 CultureShapers Visual arts Contests ends at 5:00pm today. We currently have taken in over 1,100 entries! :-)

2007 Hunting Art Prize

October 26, 2006 | 2 Comments

Culture Shapers is helping to spread the word about a tremendous opportunity from the Hunting PLC Company for a Texas-based visual artist. The winner receives an award of $50,000. Please help us get the word out around!

2007 Hunting Art Prize

Hunting PLC, an international oil services company, has announced their call for entries for the 2007 Hunting Art Prize—a $50,000 award open to established, emerging, and amateur artists from throughout Texas. Artists submit a single two-dimensional work (excluding photography) for consideration for the prize. Initial entries include one slide and a completed online form, all submitted no later than Friday, November 17, 2006.

While last year’s competition focused on the Houston region, which is where Hunting’s North American headquarters are located, the scope for this year’s prize has expanded to include any Texas resident 18 years of age or older. For more information or to download a flyer, visit their website:

Three Days Left!

October 25, 2006 | Leave a Comment

It’s now, the next three days, or wait til 2007 for six categories in Visual Art. Don’t wait til the last day! :-)

Young Voices Of Houston- Dec. 1st

October 24, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Three more contestants have been approved to perform at the next YVOH semi finals, Friday, December 1st. Be sure and check out past performances at — Vote and leave comments for your friends! Even upload your OWN videos!

#6-KRISTYN CHALKER is a Senior at Cy-Creek who lives for the stage. She has been performing a majority of her life and has no inclination to stop doing so. She has been in many productions recently appearing as Rizzo in her school’s production of Grease, but her favorite roles include Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Boo in her school’s UIL One Act Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, that advanced to Region. In addition to being in her school’s top choral program, she was a member of the TMEA Mixed All-State Choir. After she graduates in may, she plans to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre. She will sing Taylor the Latte Boy.

#7-HANNAH MILLER is a Sophomore at Klein Collins High School. She loves to be involved with choir and theater. Her 1st performance was in Bye Bye Birdie at ACE Theater. She will be playing the role of Mrs. Potts in KCHS’s February production of Beauty and the Beast. She was 1st at NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) in the musical theater division her freshman year and was 3rd place at the September Culture Shapers. She would like to thank her mother and voice teacher Bob Collette for helping her. She will be singing Gimme Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

#8-SHELBY MULLINS is a Freshman at Lamar High School. She began singing at the age of 3 and started competing in talent shows at age 5. She loves all types of music, but mainly sings gospel and pop. She is studying guitar and has taken voice lessons from Eric Bruner. Her recent accomplishment was winning 1st place in the junior division of the Inspire the Desire Gospel Talent Show. Winning that contest has opened doors for her to perform at greater Houston area McDonalds Restaurants Grand Openings, several Katrina concerts and appearing at several churches. She has also been in the studio recording a demo and hope to have it finalized in the next few months. She will be appearing on November 11th on the Christian Talent Stage to compete in the Interstate Jam contest at Greenspoint Mall. This large event is to raise funds for the construction of several youth centers in the outlying Houston Metro Areas. She will be singing Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.

#9- JACKSON PERRIN is a Freshman at Klein Collins and has been singing and acting most of his 15 years. Two years with the Houston Boys Choir, then over thirty productions at venues such as Houston Grand Opera, TUTS, Masquerade Theatre, Main StreetTheatre, Cy-Fair College, Klein Collins HS, Playhouse 1960 and HFAC. Jackson is looking forward to this his second appearance on the Culture Shapers stage. He will be singing Elaborate Lives from AIDA.

#10- REBECCA NAOMI MOYES is a Sophomore at St. Thomas Episcopal High School. She cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to be on the stage. She performed in her first musical at the age of 4 and has been in more than 20 since then. Most recently she was in Aladdin at ACT @TUTS. She will be singing The Wizard and I from Wicked.

#11-CHARLOTTE BYRD is a Sophomore at Klein Collins High School where is active in choir, orchestra and drama. She was voted the outstanding musician in the freshman A Capella Choir and outstanding soloist in both their UIL and D/C Festival competition in South Padre Island last spring. She is looking forward to being a part of KC’s February musical, Beauty and the Beast, and the mixed show choir, the Collins Commotion. Most recently, she made the mixed Region Choir and will be moving on to Pre-Area. Many thanks to Jody Haas, her voice teacher, for all of her support and guidance.

#12- CHANDLER ROBERTS is a home-schooled Junior and she is excited about returning to Young Voices of Houston in December. She was a finalist in last years competition. She recently performed as a Narrator in the TUTS performance of Aladdin Jr. She has also performed at Mainb Street Theatre and Playhouse 1960. She sings weekly at Champion Forest Baptist Church, and she was a part of the independent film company CrossWind Productions for two years, playing the supporting role in the film, The Saber. She will be singing, “I am Afraid This Must Be Love.”

#13-BRITTANY SCHWARTZ is a senior at Cypress Creek Highschool. She began her performing career dancing (ballet, tap, and jazz), but has switched gears and now pursues musical theater. Along with with UIL’s All Star cast award from her role as Christina Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa, Brittany has competed at the State Thespian convention and advanced to Nationals multiple times. Her greatest joy was being able to choreograph and participate in the group musical “Cell Block Tango” which was also a National Qualifier. Recently she performed the role of Sandy in her school’s production of Grease and was fortunate enough to choreograph the musical as well. She will sing, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.

#14- ALI PREJEAN is is a Freshman at Katy. Ali has been singing since she was 2 from Church Choirs, School Choir and Show Choir along with School Theatre to her more recent performances at Festivals and Fundraisers. She has played the role of Cinderella and Jasmine in Disneys Jr. Theatre Productions and Dori in School House Rocks. She has studied music under the direction of Kim Wood Sandusky and was first inspired by the Diva’s of Country and Pop. She will be bringing in the Christmas season by performing “On Holy Ground”.

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