Solange Knowles once spoke of her mother encouraging her and big sister Beyonce to embrace the arts at a young age. Today, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson are still strong proponents of the arts, recently opening the WACO (W)here (A)rt (C)an (O)ccur Theater Center in Los Angeles.
The facility aims to provide “a place where we can celebrate an individual’s artistic creation and self-expression through theatre, reflecting fine art, innovation, craftsmanship and inspire imagination,” according to Playbill.
Plenty of celebrity friends and family showed up to the grand opening, including Glynn Turnman, Nicole Ari Parker, Bill Bellamy, Nija Okoro, Vanessa Williams and Beyonce.
Check out photos from the event below.
Richard and Tina with Bill Bellamy and wife Kristen
With Nicole Ari Parker
The gorgeous , talented actress Nicole Ari Parker was so awesome as Pam in our first production, “The Talented Tenth “ By Richard Westley. She is as Beautiful inside as out❤️#Waco (Where Art Can Occur) we were so honored to have her❤️@wacotheater and yes she could be one of my daughters ! That is a compliment❤️
Naja Okuro, Glynn Turman and Vanessa Williams
We are so blessed to have these amazing talented actor friends, Who so generously donated their time for this great cause. The super talented veteran actor Glynn Turman, And the beautiful talented Vanessa Williams, This wonderful , pretty talented actress Naja Okuro. ( The Good Fight) They did our first production Richard Westleys “The Talented Tenth” @wacotheater
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A Soul Food reunion!
Beyonce & Nicole Ari Parker
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