You are an explorer, it’s in your blood. On a Saturday morning, you’re fortifying early in preparation for exploring new parts of Houston, the arts and amazingly diverse cultures and seemingly hidden history.
This Saturday, September 8 was made for you. Fresh Arts and the Washington Avenue Arts District presents, A Day in the District. Under the new moniker of simply Arts District, here’s the rundown of activities to satisfy your inner explorer. The kids can tag along, too!
The Arts District embodies Houston’s up and coming creative economy. This state-appointed Arts and Cultural District has a rich history as it encompasses portions of both the First and Sixth Wards, two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
The Arts District is home to 300 plus studio spaces for local artists, designers, and makers where you can see firsthand how art gets made. Experience art and architecture in the context of the preserved silos at the Site Gallery.
Visit Houston’s beautiful historic Glenwood Cemetery where the famed Howard Hughes was laid to rest or grab a coffee or a beer at one of the neighborhood haunts.
Take in the expansive murals at Art Alley or check out Sawyer Yards, Foto Fest, MECA, or the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern which exhibits art in a former underground drinking water facility from the 1920’s.
Saturday’s events are a culmination of a year-long series of workshops, hosted by Fresh Arts, a 501(C)3 arts organization that took [Washington Avenue] Arts District under its programming in 2017.
I was honored to take part in this project alongside amazing people that were also invited by Fresh Arts to shape the future direction of the Arts District.
Saturday you’ll have the chance to learn about the amazing history of Houston’s oldest commercial business district, that has been as rich and diverse both culturally as Houston is famous for now.
There will be remarks at 11 a.m., followed by self-guided tours of 8 historical sites. The Box Project will be on display in the train shed. Twenty-four artists were selected to create boxes around the theme of affordable studio space using discarded material as a way to collect surveys from visitors at 24 locations within the district. The boxes have all been connected together for this final exhibition, Saturday.
Set your GPS for 1502 Sawyer St., and park anywhere within walking distance of the massive former Mahatma Rice grain elevators. Underneath the silo and on “Art Alley,” find the train shed by 11 a.m. Sharp. After remarks about the Arts District and the afternoon activities, you can set out to explore. Social media links to guide you: Facebook: Washington Avenue Arts District, Instagram: @artsdistricthou, Twitter: @artsdistricthou, Website: fresharts.org.
The Market at Sawyer Yards will surround all these goings on and the Sawyer Yards Open Studios will surround us as well. This will be a day to wear your most comfortable shoes! Details thefolkmarket.com and SawyerYards.com.
Save the date – next week I have a followup interview with Nabarupa Bhattacharjee, who is visiting from India to participate in Art Launch’s Escapist Mentorship Program. Her opening reception and photo-biography of John Ross Palmer is set for Friday evening September 14, 1218 Heights Blvd. At 6 p.m.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com