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ON OUR RADAR The Show Will Go On for HSPVA In an unprecedented partnership, a private donor and nonprofit organization are collaborating for the benefit of a Houston Independent School District (HISD) public school. HSPVA Friends, the nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, has announced a $10 million capital campaign to ensure that the school’s long-awaited downtown campus opens with top-caliber arts learning facilities. The Kinder Foundation, a supporter of HSPVA Friends since 2008, is stepping up with a lead gift of $7.5 million! HSPVA’s new campus, designed by the Houston office of Gensler, includes academic classrooms and learning centers; studios for creative writing, dance, music, visual arts and recording; a costume and scene shop; an 800-seat main theater; a 200-seat mini-theater; a 150-seat black box theater; and a 150-seat recital hall. The campus, which will be complete in the third quarter of 2018, is ideal for the 750+ students, all of whom must audition for placement, and come from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, united in art. www.hspvafriends.org 10 L O C A L | november 16