The District III Fine Arts Initiative headed by the late Trustee Manuel Rodríguez, Jr., was conceptualized in the 2016-2017 academic year in the Chavez High School Feeder Pattern with plans to extend it throughout District III.

    The initiative is a collaborative effort by schools located in Houston’s east side to create a vertical alignment of fine arts programs across school levels – elementary, middle, and high school. The initiative was designed to provide students with fine arts programs (1) of their choice, (2) with continuity, and (3) in their neighborhood schools. This collaboration offers growth through continuity as it nurtures student skills and talents throughout their school years.


    For many years, schools in the east side of town suffered from a lack of support and resources to effectively promote the fine arts. This is changing now, thanks to the efforts of all the principals in the area and the continued support of local arts organizations. 


    Schools participating in the Fine Arts Initiative include Bonner Elementary School, Lewis Elementary School, Park Place Elementary School, Patterson Elementary School, Rucker Elementary School, Ortiz Middle School, Stevenson Middle School, and Chavez High School.


    These groups are lead by Ms. Sabrina Nguyen, HISD's Fine Arts Specialist of the East Area.


  •  Mariachi  

    Chavez Feeder Pattern Mariachi Performance

    Performed at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center

    Participating Schools:  Lewis ES, Ortiz MS, Chavez HS


    Honor Choir


    District III Honor Choir

    Honor Choir Concert at the Chapel of the Villa de Matel

    Participating Schools:  Bonner ES, Lewis ES, Park Place ES, Patterson ES, Rucker ES, Ortiz MS, Stevenson MS

  • Sabrina Nguyen, Ed.D.

    Fine Arts Specialist, East Area Schools Office
    Collective Action, Collective Impact
    713-556-7220 (office)  |  713-556-7189 (fax)
    snguyen1@houstonisd.org  (email)