A Dream Becomes a Reality

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a school that means so much to so many. Whether you’re an alumnus, parent, or faculty member, from the original campus or the Montrose campus, you know that the spirit of the school is what makes it so special. We’re thrilled to finally have the opportunity our students have always deserved: a custom, right-sized campus in the heart of downtown Houston, where students have access to the top-notch facilities and equipment required for a well-rounded arts education, as well as easy access to all of Houston’s major arts organizations.

Kinder HSPVA’s new campus, designed by Gensler and built by McCarthy Building Companies, optimizes the integration of arts and academics. The project received substantial funding of $80.2 million from the 2012 HISD bond election and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2014. Construction began in February 2016 with the understanding that additional funding would be required to bridge the gap between the bond funding and the school’s specific needs.

In an unprecedented public-private partnership, HSPVA Friends has committed to raise $10 million to complete and equip the campus and to ensure that the campus is well maintained and can be used to its full potential for years to come.

Will you help us make this opportunity all that it can be?

Your gift will provide Houston’s talented and hardworking students with access to the best arts education possible – an opportunity that is open to any young artist with the dreams and the drive.

When you drive by the new campus or stop in for a performance, you will know that your gift has helped to build the extraordinary, securing Kinder HSPVA’s place as the nation’s leader in public arts education.

The campaign will provide the features that make Kinder HSPVA a specialized school for the arts.

Kinder HSPVA Cross-section Rendering
Kinder HSPVA Lobby Stair Perspective Rendering
Kinder HSPVA Rooftop Rendering
Kinder HSPVA Daytime Rendering
Kinder HSPVA Library Rendering
Kinder HSPVA Nighttime Rendering

Renderings courtesy of HISD and Gensler.

Meet the Campaign Leadership

Chandra Wilson (Theatre ’87)

Anita Barksdale (Vocal ’98)
Robert L. Boblitt, Jr.
Jean Brackendorff
Hon. Grant Dorfman
Susan Workman Elmore (Vocal ’78)
Kathleen Fenninger
Jo Furr
Karen Ostrum George
Frank Hood
George Lancaster
Samantha Barlow Martinez (Media ’88)
H. Joe Nelson, III
Howard Speight

“As a proud HSPVA alumna, it is an honor to give back to this magical place that gave me so much.” – Chandra Wilson (Theatre ’87)


Isela Aguirre (Visual ’95)
Janie Carothers (Dance ’84)
Chandler Dean (Theatre ’14)
Mireille Enos (Theatre ’93)
Parker Esse (Dance ’95)
Vicki Fowler (Visual ’92)
Bianna Golodryga (Theatre ’96)
Julia Hall (Vocal ’77)
Robert Hodge (Visual ‘98)
Matt Hune (Theatre ’03)
Courtney Jones (Dance ’99)

Georgia Lister (Vocal ’86)
Agelia Pérez Márquez (Dance ’79)
Mekeva McNeil (Theatre ’96)
Rodolfo Morales (Instrumental ’92)
Jason Moran (Instrumental ’93)
Patrick Renner (Visual ’00)
Warren Sneed (Instrumental ’78)
Victoria Tuttle (Visual ’07)
H. David Waddell (Visual ’99)
Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Theatre ’99)
Camille Zamora (Vocal ’88)

Frank Hood, Joan Murrin, Samantha Barlow Martinez, Kathleen Fenninger, Jean Brackendorff, Alene Haehl Coggin, Karen Ostrum George, Howard Speight, and Susan Workman Elmore at the HSPVA groundbreaking ceremony, December 2014.