With only a few days until their Cheek to Cheek tour lands in The Woodlands, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have selected Workshop Houston to be featured at their concert. The partnership between Gaga's Born This Way Foundation and Bennett's Exploring the Arts foundation is dedicated to highlighting local youth-centered organizations at select stops on the tour.
"Our students are really excited about the opportunity. Everyone loves Lady Gaga," said Reginald Hatter co-director of Workshop Houston.
The singing duo encouraged exceptional youth-centered Houston nonprofits to submit information about their impact and chose Workshop Houston, which began in 2003 with the mission to empower youth in creative, technical, and educational modes of learning.
"Our students are really excited about the opportunity. Everyone loves Lady Gaga."
The organizations holds afterschool and summer programs dedicated to providing resources for middle school and high school students in the Houston area. Students learn through hands-on activities in the arts, skill-based trade, and academics. The activities are centered in music production (The Beats shop), fashion design (The style shop), engineering and metalworking (The Chopper shop), and academic support and mentoring (The Scholar shop).
The nonprofit works with an average of 40 students a day at their campus located in Third Ward.
Workshop Houston will receive an undisclosed amount of money from a pair of auctioned concert tickets as well as a shout-out from Gaga and Bennett during the concert. The nonprofit will also staff a table in a prime location at the Friday night concert share their vision with attendees.
"It is an honor to be selected by the Born This Way & Exploring the Arts foundations. It's great to see the work done to benefit organizations across the country and in the Houston area," Hatter said. "We feel that it is important to be featured in the show because our music program is representation of the arts the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga love."