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Tina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson opened the Where Art Can Occur (WACO) Theater Center in North Hollywood, CA to foster the talents of emerging artists specifically catering to those in underserved communities.
“We’ve had a mutual decision or desire to make a difference in the world,” said Lawson. “All you have to do is look at the news today and look at what’s going on to understand that a lot of work needs to be done in order for underserved people to be able to get the work and support that they need,” said Lawson.
The couple decided to channel their give back initiative into a project that stemmed from a shared passion, the arts. Knowles-Lawson, mother to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, expressed the impact a local community center had on her children as they were coming of age.
“You should see what talent came out of that place,” remarked Knowles-Lawson. The community center, The Shrine of the Black Madonna, was located in the Third Ward, an area in Houston, Texas, with one of the highest crime and homicide rates in the city. For the Knowles girls and so many other children, that community center “was a place where all types of art could occur.” Continue reading “LA Sentinel: WACO Theater Grand Opening”