The new sign features standout, modern lettering coupled with a logo of the City of Humble. Photo by David Tatchin

Recently, Charles Bender Performing Arts Center received a new elaborate sign – a piece of artwork that was completed on June 17.

Jennifer Wooden, director for both the Humble Civic Center and the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, said, “A great sign can have a significant impact on the building it represents.” She was in charge of designing the intricate details of the sign and wanted to be discrete with her conceptualization that would “be a reflection of the history as well as the future of the building. The older identity of the school is represented with the red bricks used, while the bright future of the building is illuminated by the detailing of the contemporary font lettering.”

Upon finishing a rendering for the sign, the blueprints were sent out to several sign companies which then offered their individual quotes. The Humble Sign Company won the bid and the City of Humble is pleased with the outcome of the project.

“The contrast established by the design of the sign helps to showcase the mission of the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center,” said Wooden. Since its renovation in 2015, the center has become the host to a myriad of events. “Sometimes, we may have classical artists such as Rob Landes, who is an excellent violinist, or Jade Simmons, a renowned classical concert pianist, come out and perform. Yet on other occasions, we may feature singers such as Sarah Grace, a Houston native who was a finalist on The Voice.”

The diversity of entertainment provided, according to Wooden, helps to reify the city’s vision of The Bender being a place where “people from all around the Lake Houston area come for top quality entertainment.” She added that among attendees, there is a great diversity in “age, race, as well as the way people come dressed.”

The variety of events available at The Bender is not only limited to musical performers, however. “We often host performances by comedians, professional dance companies, and we are looking to include motivational speakers in our lineups,” said Wooden. “We are currently hosting an art exhibit in The Bender lobby by the Lake Houston Area Artists which includes paintings and pieces of artwork made by local residents.”

“The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center is just one of the many treasures in the Humble area, and we are thrilled to have visitors from all over Houston and surrounding areas choose Humble as their place for weekend entertainment,” said Wooden. “The reaction I most often get from newcomers is that they had no idea quality such as this was available in Humble.”

Wooden encourages anyone interested in attending an event to visit the Charles Bender website at Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the Humble Civic Center located at 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy. For more information, call the civic center at 281-446-4140 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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