After Knowles-Lawson's daughters Beyonce and Solange co-chaired a star-studded inaugural Wearable Art fundraiser for the center in April, the Lawsons kicked off the grand opening weekend of the WACO Theater Center on Friday with a private reception.
At a time when arts education is facing an unclear future, Tina Knowles-Lawson and actor Richard Lawson have officially opened the doors to their WACO Theater Center (Where Art Can Occur) in an effort to keep the arts accessible to all.
After Knowles-Lawson's daughters Beyoncé and Solange co-chaired a star-studded inaugural Wearable Art fundraiser for the theater in April - which featured Magic Johnson, Octavia Spencer, Kris Jenner, Samuel L. Jackson and Arianna Huffington among invited guests - the Lawsons kicked off the grand opening weekend of the center on Friday (Nov. 3) with a private reception.
The cast of Detroit, longtime family friend and artist Kelly Rowland and actress Vanessa Bell Calloway were among the family, friends and supporters of the initiative that celebrated the opening of the theater center filled with rotating art exhibits and a space that will house performances, mentorship programs and workshops. The celebration continued throughout the weekend with the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to award-winning theater director Woodie King Jr. as well as screenings and a staged reading from veteran actors of The Talented Tenth By Richard Wesley.