Doors of Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy set to open this August


Students of Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men are in for a great start to the year as the long awaited opening of their new school edges closer.

The $42 million project is about 80 percent complete with move-in expected to begin towards the end of July. Finishing touches are being done to both the painting and drywall, while framing in the new building has almost concluded. Site improvements, such as the development of the outdoor track area, are already underway and should be finished by September.

“The kids are really excited to come back,” said Leland Principal Dameion Crook, who smiled when asked if his staff shared that emotion. “The teachers are pumped about it.”

The magnet school, which is being rebuilt as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond, will serve 900 to 1,000 male students in sixth through twelfth grades. Features include separate exterior courtyard areas for both middle and high school students, new athletic facilities, and areas for robotics and JROTC.

The music department also will receive an upgrade. Jazz musician and Wheatley High School graduate Joe Sample assisted in the design of the music room area, which also will include a recording studio for both the school’s choir and jazz band.

More information on the Leland construction project 

The new facility also will feature a community meeting room that will be available for public use. It will be adorned with memorabilia honoring the former Wheatley and E.O Smith schools, as well as the historic Fifth Ward, where the school is located.

Leland is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program. Construction is underway at roughly three dozen campuses, which is more activity than any other time in district history. Almost 50 percent of bond projects will be complete and open to students by the end of this summer. Once all work is complete, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.

New Public Art Installation / Juneteenth T-shirts at Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Ave., 6-9pm


Please join us in celebration of artist Patrick Turk’s new public art installation: The Demiurge.

The Demiurge is the builder of the Universe and all things material. It is the force through which Everything is conceived and created. It is atomic and molecular. It is liquid, gas, and solid. It is bacteria, amoeba, and fungi. It is plants, animals and all of us.

Patrick Turk is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Opening reception: Saturday, June 17, 6-9pm
Location: Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020
Contact info:; 713-582-1198

Quasi-scientist and self-taught artist, Patrick Turk explores the mysteries of the universe in his highly detailed and imaginative hand-cut paper assemblages. Images taken from any number of resources including: science-fiction novels, encyclopedias, history and scientific diagrams, are cut and assembled in oftentimes multidimensional surfaces to create a curious and dark narrative. Says Turk, “The intense levels of detail become a microcosm, forming a reflection of the human relationship to the plasticity of time and space, and to the process of self-unfolding.”

Patrick Turk was born in Galveston, Texas and lives and works in Houston. His assemblages have been exhibited throughout Houston in galleries including Art Storm, Lawndale Art Center and Rudolph/Projects/Art Scan as well as galleries in Galveston, Texas and Los Angeles, California. In 2013, he was an Art in Residence at the Lawndale Art Center. His works have been published several times in Mung Being Magazine and include high profile commissions for the 2009 Houston Art Car Parade Poster as well as the Philokalia album cover by Golden Cities. Patrick Turk will be one of 60 artists included in the forthcoming book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (Texas A&M Press), authored by Robert Craig Bunch, and released in the fall of 2016. He will also be featured in the concurrent exhibition, The Art of Found Objects, held at Lone Star College – Kingwood in November 2016. (from Cris Worley Fine Arts)

Mystic Lyon is a pubic art installation space and social sculpture in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. New installations are kicked off with a neighborhood party and remain on view 24 hours a day outside of the building and through windows lit in the evening.

Additional programming includes pay phone call-ins to the artists, community coffees/happy hours, weekly organic produce shares from Central City Co-op, the Fifth Ward Badminton Club, and healing gong naps.