We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Slaughter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amber, what principle do you value most?
Serving the Houston creative community through emergency relief, wellness programs with a focus on mental health support, and engaging our community through visual arts programming. Can you remember a time when we’ve needed the arts more? As we struggle each day with the pandemic and fight harder for racial equity, the arts are there to support us. We listen to music, we read, we make chalk drawings with our kids. We play video games, we dance in our living rooms, and watch movies and TV. We practice the guitar, take Instagram photos, and we create posters to carry in protest. Artists are working overtime in every community, household, and family, doing what they do best: connecting us, giving us needed moments of joy, and most of all creating hope.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career did not begin in the nonprofit world. After majoring in fine arts & business administration, I launched my professional career at the Hard Rock Cafe & Hotels corporate headquarters where I worked on projects ranging from Hard Rock Hotel brand development, memorabilia curation, design, music festivals in Chicago and London and even a music memorabilia museum. I worked with a team of music historians and designers to preserve and curate the world’s largest collection of priceless memorabilia with a total of more than 86,000 pieces globally. I was blessed to spend my days working with some of the greatest artifacts of music history. A few of my favorite pieces included, Jimmy Hendrix’s Flying V guitar, his tambourine hash pipe (yes, a hash pipe made from a tambourine) gifted to him by Rick Griffin, American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s, Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce, John Lennon’s white piano and his favorite writing chair on permanent display in the VIP Lennon Room, a cheerleader outfit worn by Kurt Cobain in a Rolling Stone photoshoot just months before his death, and Madonna’s infamous Like a Virgin wedding dress which I once even wore for a photoshoot. It is safe to say that I am a total music and art geek my very core. I later spent years in restaurant development and Texas was part of my territory. After many years of visiting in a work capacity, I decided to call Houston home and it is where I would find my true calling in the nonprofit world. After immersing myself in the Houston art community, I met my future husband, artist Tra` Slaughter. Together we founded Artists for Artists, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For an art fix, I head to: The Station Museum, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Orange Show, Art League Houston, Diverse Works, Gray Contemporary, Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, Cardoza Fine Art, Anya Tish Gallery, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, The Menil Collection (especially the Cy Twombly Gallery)….This could become a very long list…… I am so happy all of these amazing places have finally started reopening to the public by appointment and with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. For a music fix: The Heights Theater, White Oak Music Hall, Dan Electro’s, Shady Acres, The Continental Club, Goodnight Charlie’s and let’s not forget Jones Hall. To nurture the independent film junky in my soul, I go to The River Oaks Theatre, Houston’s only remaining historic theatre which features arthouse, independent and foreign films from around the globe, To feed the foodie inside of me, I go to: Riel featuring outrageously delicious food by a culinary genius and my friend Ryan Lachaine, Nobie’s, Theodore Rex, Squable, Cantina Barba for a taco and ranch water fix, Asia Market and this is another list that could go for days…….

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our amazing Artists for Artist team which includes Eepi Chaad, Tra` Slaughter, Robert Hodge, Niki Ogden, Emily Beckett, Jessica Arnold, Yet Torres, Brian Ellison, Sanjay Sharma, Armando Castelan, Kelley Devine, David Graeve, Nicolle LaMere and Lanecia Tinsley. Plus the many other nonprofit organizations serving our creative community, including: Houston Music Foundation, Art League Houston, Project Row Houses, Fresh Arts, The Black Man Project, 14 Pews and Aurora Picture Show to name a few. Special thanks to Dr. Carolyn Farb for being a constant mentor and always supporting our dream to provide community based programming that uplifts our valuable creative community. Doug Harris, Noisemaker Communications for always advocating for our grassroots nonprofit organization.

Website: www.artists4artists.org

Instagram: Mzzslaughter

Linkedin: ambertslaughter

Facebook: artistsforartiststx

Youtube: Artists for Artists

Image Credits
Images 1 & 2 – Morris Malakoff Image 3 – Poala Floyd Image 4 -8 – Amber Slaughter

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