South Campus Dance Show to ‘Spread Hope’


Courtesy of Jennifer Salter

Pictured are (from left) Ariel Sepulvado, Breyonna Milton, Tiara Blake, Dalia Trejo, and Brielle Hudson rehearsing for last year’s Artists for Hope show.

The San Jacinto College Performing Arts Company, South Campus’s resident student dance company, will perform their second annual fundraising event titled Artists for Hope on Oct. 22. Ten Houston-area dance artists and companies will come together to showcase a variety of styles and forms in one dynamic show.

Program coordinator and dance professor Jamie Williams said the event is meant to bring the College together “to support an organization that is doing great things for the community.” All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Project Joy & Hope, a Pasadena-based charity that supports families with children facing life-limiting circumstances.

During Williams’ first year as program coordinator, she said the faculty and students “were experiencing a lot of pain and not a lot of hope.” She added, “And so I started Artists for Hope to do just that: to create art and spread hope.”

According to Williams, each year the event supports a different charity. The first Artists for Hope concert took place in 2015 and raised over $2,500 for the Cancer Research Institute, but this year, she wants the contributions to go to an organization closer to home.

“All of the proceeds are going to help so many in our own community,” she said.

However, Williams credits the event’s success to a broad outpouring of support. From ticket sales to stage managing the show, students and part-time dance faculty members volunteer to help coordinate the event.

“It really is a group effort, and I couldn’t do it all without a team of committed colleagues and students,” she said.

Meanwhile, Williams said she has high hopes for the fundraiser’s future.

“Artists for Hope will continue to be a successful annual event at San Jacinto College,” she said, “and that it will be one that supports many local charities, building up the community over time.”

Artists for Hope begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Flickinger Fine Arts Center on the South Campus. Ticket information is available at