Press Release

Rothko Chapel Unveils Its 2022-2023 Program Calendar

September 28, 2022



Three series – Transformative Power of the Arts, Days of Observance and Advancing Human Rights – as well annual events such

as Óscar Romero Awards – define this season



All programs to take place inside the Rothko Chapel

for the first full in-person season since March 2020



Houston, TX – The Rothko Chapel announced its September 2022 to June 2023 calendar of programming. The schedule includes three major series: Transformative Power of the Arts, Days of Observance, and Advancing Human Rights. as Additional signature programs include the biennial Óscar Romero Awards and the annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights (presented in partnership with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice).


The Rothko Chapel is both a place and a movement. In addition to offering quiet space for reflection, meditation, and prayer, the Chapel has a robust series of programs that are open to the public and designed to lift up wisdom found in the world’s religions and spiritual traditions, sustain the mind and spirit during trying times and provide education on critical civil rights issues of the day. According to David Leslie, the Rothko Chapel’s Executive Director, “With these programs, we invite people from all backgrounds and walks of life to discover how to address diverse and complex needs in the world around us.”


This year’s programs include a series called the Transformative Power of the Arts, which features readings by authors and poets, performances by Ars Lyrica, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Loop38, and more. The Days of Observances series includes special programs for International Day of Peace, Día de los Muertos and All Saint’s Day, World AIDS Day, MLK Day, International Women’s Day, and World Environment Day. Many of the Chapel’s annual programs fall under the rubric of Advancing Human Rights, including the Farenthold Lecture and the Óscar Romero Awards.


For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Chapel programs this year will be held in person on the Rothko Chapel campus in Houston.

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