Education & Community Engagement

NEA Big Read: Alley Theatre El Zocalo

 

Generations exploring, discovering, and growing together.

 
 
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Baldemar Rodriguez
Manager of Community Partnerships
 
Elena Valladolid-Rivera
ECE Sales and Marketing Associate
713-513-5424
 
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NEA Big Read: Alley Theatre/ El Zócalo is a creative community exploration of The House on Mango Street, the seminal 1984 novella by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. Overlapping with National Hispanic Heritage Month, NEA Big Read: Alley Theatre/ El Zócalo drives the conversation into the community through an interactive line-up of bilingual events, using The House on Mango Street to explore LatinX culture, traditions, and issues; and ignite discussion around the importance of heritage. 

About the Book
This coming-of-age classic tells the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Chicana girl discovering who and what she will become.  On September 15, collect a FREE copy of The House on Mango Street at Blanca's Cafe or Alley Theatre while supplies last. For more information on the book and Sandra Cisneros visit NEA Big Read's resources page.  

Content Advisory: L, S. For ages 13+. Contains some Language, brief Sexual situations and mature themes as the author earnestly invokes the world of her youth. 


all nea big read Events are free and bilingual.
masks will be required at all in-person events. 

 

If you need to make a group reservation for 10 or more guests or you need to cancel your current reservation, please email Elena Valladolid-Rivera

past events

Educa-SERIES Community Workshop

Educa-ARTE: Pinturas & Esculturas

Saturday, September 4 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Magnolia Grown Art Gallery, 7305 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011

Families, activate your inner artist! First, get inspired by a group discussion on Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, then envision your childhood dream home on a canvas or out of gingerbread. Expert coaches will walk you through the creative process in this 4-hour workshop, with the opportunity to display your finished artwork during National Hispanic Heritage Month. 
 
Hosted by Houston Mariachi Festival and Magnolia Grown Art Gallery. 
For all ages.

celebrate with us

nea big read kick-off

WEdnesday, september 15 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
BLANCA'S CAFE, 241 N MILBY ST #A, Houston, TX 77003

Snow cones! Popcorn! Books!  Join us to celebrate the beginning of this great community project and National Hispanic Heritage Month, or just grab your FREE copy of The House on Mango Street in English or Spanish at our drive-up book distribution.    
 
Presented in Partnership with Blanca's Cafe.
For all ages. Free and open to the public.

 

Community Cuentos y Charlas Series

Her House on Mango Street

friDAY, September 24 at 6 p.m. 
FACEBOOK LIVE & AEOLIAN MANOR, 8507 Chalcos Dr, houston, tx 77017

**LIVE EVENT SOLD OUT - RSVP HERE to PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY ON FACEBOOK.**

Female mental health experts and community leaders explore the women’s perspective on the themes of social class, race, sexuality, identity, and gender that are interwoven throughout The House on Mango Street.

Hosted by Power on Heels Fund, Inc., HACEMOS, and Women of AT&T.
For ages 13 and up. 

 

Educa-SERIES Community Workshop

Educa-CINE

Saturday, October 2 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Flores Neighborhood Library, 110 N Milby St, Houston, TX 77003

Lights, Camera, Action! Engage with your community as you discuss excerpts from The House on Mango Street in this 4-hour workshop. Learn basic cinematic and filmmaking techniques as you work in front of or behind the camera to bring the characters and storylines of the book to life.
 
Presented in Partnership with Houston Public Library and hosted by Cine for LIFE: Latinos in Film Education. 
For ages 13 and up.

 

Community Cuentos y Charlas Series

Ni de Aquí, Ni de Allá
(From Neither Here nor There)

monDAY, october 4 at 6 p.m. 
streaming live on alley theatre's facbook page

The in-person segment of this event has been cancelled and it is now virtual only.  Due to concerns about health and safety, several of our traveling guests have chosen to participate in the Cuentos y Charlas virtually. This virtual-only event will provide the best possible audience experience. We encourage you to register for the event to receive the latest updates and to connect with us on Facebook Live at Alley Theatre.

What happens when the American Dream isn’t for everyone? Join mental health experts and community leaders as they unravel the social and economic issues surrounding the notion of the American Dream, separation of families, and the feeling of belonging that are found in The House on Mango Street and in the Alley Theatre’s upcoming production of 72 miles to go..., a griping family drama by Hilary Bettis.

Presented in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, University of Houston, FIEL, Raíces Unidas, Creative Vida, and League of Latin American Citizens.
For ages 13 and up. 

 

Educa-SERIES Community Event

Open House

SATURday, OCTOBER 9 - 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
hOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: CENTRAL LIBRARY, 500 MCKINNEY ST, HOUSTON, TX, 77002

Dive deeper into the themes of the book in a facilitated discussion with the Alley Theatre, then stick around (or just drop by later) to enjoy artwork and stories honoring The House on Mango Street from the EducaARTE and EducaCINE workshops.
 
Presented in Partnership with Houston Public Library.
For all ages. Free and open to the public. 

 

Educa-SERIES Community Workshop

Educa-TEATRO

Saturday, October 16 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Flores Neighborhood Library, 110 N Milby St, Houston, TX 77003

Let’s get dramatic! Engage with your community as you delve into the characters of The House on Mango Street. In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn and apply theatre basics to bring the characters of the book to life.  This is your time to showcase your acting skills. Break a leg! 
 
Presented in Partnership with Houston Public Library and hosted by Cine for LIFE: Latinos in Film Education. 
For ages 13 and up.

 

EducaSERIES Community Workshop

HPL Book Alive!: Retablos

Saturday, October 23 from 12:30 - 2 P.M.
Houston Public Library: Central Library, 500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002

Connect with your inner childhood memories and relive some of your favorite stories through the eyes of Esperanza, Nenny, Carlos, Louie, and the rest of the kids from the block.  Inspired by the Alley Theatre’s previous work with Octavio Solis' Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border, this “Retablos” workshop and presentation gives community members a chance to give life to excerpts from The House on Mango Street as part of the Houston Public Library’s Book Alive! Series.
 
Presented in Partnership with Houston Public Library. 
For ages 13 and up.

 

Community Cuentos y Charlas Series

An Evening with Sandra Cisneros

monDAY, November 8 at 7 p.m. 
streaming live on alley theatre's facebook page

The in-person segment of this event has been cancelled and it is now virtual only.  Due to concerns about health and safety, our traveling guests have chosen to participate in the Cuentos y Charlas virtually. This virtual-only event will provide the best possible audience experience. We encourage you to register for the event to receive the latest updates and to connect with us on Facebook Live at Alley Theatre.

It’ll be a night filled with traditions, culture, and memories! Join us for this special evening with author Sandra Cisneros as she discusses The House on Mango Street and the experiences that shaped her as a writer.

Come early or stay late to engage with exhibits and presentations from our EducaSERIES as we close out the NEA Big Read: Alley Theatre/El Zócalo programs.

Presented in Partnership with Lone Star College - Houston North.
For ages 13 and up. 

 


Community Partners

            

Houston Public Library

            
 

 

 

 


Sponsors

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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.