Thanks to the dedication and hard work of many generous community members, Workshop Houston is within $50,000 of completing its $1.9 million Empowerment through Creativity capital campaign!
We have until January 31st to complete the campaign and collect a $300,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. Your support at this pivotal moment means more than ever - please consider making a year-end donation to take us over the top!
After years of resourcefully stretching an undersized and aging building, Workshop Houston has the chance to give at-risk students the facilities they deserve to pursue their study of music, dance, fashion design, and academics. The Empowerment through Creativity campus is an evolutionary leap forward in the agency’s decade-plus history of service to the community. Our home in the heart of Third Ward will finally be a place that matches the ambition, creativity, innovativeness, and brilliance that our teenage participants bring to their work.
Today, students pack into converted apartments in our 1940’s era four-plex to explore ideas and skills that they are passionate about with our professional teaching mentors. This year saw a 27% increase in enrollment, increasing the urgency of expansion. Designed in partnership with the Rice Building Workshop, the new campus will double program space and fit three times as many students in custom facilities created specifically for hands-on learning.
The new campus is supported with lead gifts from the Brown Foundation, Elkins Foundation, and Fondren Foundation, and many other philanthropic souls. In October, the Kinder Foundation helped us get $100,000 closer to fulfilling the Mabee Challenge. And now, the Nau Foundation has pledged $300,000 for the project, putting Workshop Houston less than $50,000 away from raising the entire campaign budget.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make this dream a reality. We can't wait to share the new campus with our students and with you!