Missouri City will mark two community unity milestones on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 with the grand opening of the state-of-the-art visitors center and the commemoration of the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music.
The festivities will launch with City Council and staff showcasing the visitors center on Feb. 9 at a 5 p.m. grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The new facility is located inside our redesigned Community Center and features a holographic virtual assistant and interactive kiosk. The project is an opportunity for the city to share our tourism program with the public and highlight the great sites we have for regional visitors to enjoy, including the award-winning Edible Arbor Trail, the top-ranked Quail Valley Golf Course and City Centre at Quail Valley, the historical Freedom Tree Park, a variety of other premier parks and fine-dining restaurants, a first-class movie theater, and a three-star hotel that offers family-friendly staycations,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes.
The visitors center was funded by $100,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue, which also accounts for a tourism manager to be hired. Recruitment for the position is under way.
Following the visitors center ceremony, city officials will kick-off the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music with an Artists and Authors Exhibition at 6 p.m. in the Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
Then, on Saturday, Feb. 10 in the same facility, the formal event program will feature an inaugural panel on Education and the Economy with Dr. Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, President of the Missouri City Houston Community College Campus, Dr. Charles Dupre, Fort Bend Independent School District Superintendent and Dr. Robert Bostic, Stafford Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. and Gleniece Robinson, Director of Educational Strategies for the City of Fort Worth.
Featuring performances by Theresa Grayson, Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, and the Fort Bend Academy of Arts and Dance, the event will be held at the Community Center in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy., and include a live DJ, art displays, food trucks, a gaming truck, bounce houses and more.
The day’s full agenda is as follows:
– Event Program and Education Panel: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– Missouri City Taste and Sound of Soul: 2 p.m.
– Let’s Stomp Out HIV/AIDs Stepshow Competition: 2-4:30 p.m.
– An Afternoon of Zydeco and Jazz with Step Rideau and Theresa Grayson: 4:30-6:45 p.m.
– Fort Bend Academy of Arts and Dance Presents “A Culture of Movement Dance Showcase: 7-9 p.m.
“We’re proud to see our Black History Month tradition continue to recognize African-American culture and accomplishments. This year we wanted to seamlessly blend together celebrations of history, local artists, authors, educators, entertainers, business owners and of course our area youth,” Snipes said. “All of these events will be top-notch and we look forward to hosting residents and stakeholders from across the region.”
Black History Month partners include H-E-B, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, BlueCross Blue Shield, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Houston Community College, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition, Fort Bend Academy of Arts & Dance, Micheaux’s Diner & Catering, Inc., The Greatest BBQ, Texasiana Food Truck, Boogie’s BBQ, The Pink Company, Cajun Pits Catering, and Niagara Bottling, LLC.
Volunteer opportunities are available for the event; interested residents may contact Cory Stottlemyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-403-8532.