The Art Project, Houston (TAPH) a project of the Bread of Life, Inc. provides a diversity of opportunities throughout the week for the men and women we serve through the After Dark Shelter to encounter art and tap into their creativity.
We believe that in these encounters people receive healing, joy and are empowered in ways that only creating and being supported in community can bring. Everyone deserves access to the beauty, inspiration and life that interacting with great art can bring, and we are dedicated to providing these encounters for the men and women we serve.
Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 pm, to celebrate the opening of there 25th Anniversary Season, Da Camera of Houston, led by Artistic and General Director, Sarah Rothenberg will brought a free performance to the men and women we serve at The Bread of Life. Sarah led the ensemble made up of three generations of artists, including an artist who performed on Da Camera's first season and several of his current and former students.
They performed J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052. This was a great introduction to classical music for any listener, as well as a wonderful concert for classical music lovers. In appreciation of the work that the Bread of Life does for the city of Houston, the musicians agreed to donate their services for this performance.
It was a beautiful! Over 100 men and women being served dinner by the Bread of Life filled the sanctuary of St. John's Downtown for the concert. The concert was a total of 20-minutes and after each piece the community affirmed the art and asked for an "encoure!" Throughout the show you could feel a since of peace and aliveness with each beautiful note played. The music was soothing and offered hope, as Da Camera of Houston offered our community their best.
Below are a few quotes from attendees as they exited the concert:
"I have always wanted to go to a symphony. Ever since I was a kid. There is probably nothing like being in a symphony hall, but it was so good to finally hear some of a symphony."
"Thank you. That was really nice, really nice." (big smile on her face)
"Thank you. That was off the hook! It was medicine. Thank you."
We exist within the Bread of Life, Inc. to provide art encounters and experiences that facilitate the mental healing and empowerment of men and women of the downtown Houston homeless community. We are thankful for artists and organizations in the community who join us in living out this mission. We hope, with Da Camera of Houston, that last night was the first collaboration of many.