Not all that many years ago, the possibility of doing anything other than Art Car Weekend was unfathomable to me. It was not just about the parade, it was the plethora of activities leading up to the big event from the packet pickup, to the awards ceremony the day after. The Art Car parade is this Saturday and I won’t be there. Hell hath frozen over!
The truth is, I found my calling or passion if you will in art markets and my Market at Sawyer Yards happens to be Saturday, as well. If there were some way to circumvent the hundreds of thousands of spectators, park, view, hoot and holler and return to my show in a painstakingly short period of time, I’d do it. Does anyone have a helicopter?
My friend Rickey F. Polidore Jr., (Art Valet, Dec. 2, 2017 issue) has art car fever. Polidore, if you recall, is a Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist in the Fine Arts Department at HISD. How cool is that? I mean both Polidore’s title and the fact that HISD even has a Fine Arts Department.
Polidore sent me some details about the parade and HISD’s participation this year.
“This year, HISD will be represented by an unprecedented 18 works of art and 21 campuses in The Houston Art Car Parade, held Saturday along Allen Parkway,” Polidore said in an email. “The Art Car process engages and fosters student achievement, builds the campus community, and incorporates both foundation and core enrichment instruction; preparing our students for the Global Economy with including but not limited to: Public Speaking Skills, Visual Art Training, Technological Awareness, and a thorough understanding of the Scientific Method.”
Some of this year’s highlights are the partnerships between campuses Visual Arts Programs and Career an Technology (CATE) Programs.
“The donation of multiple vehicles by the public, a revival of old Art Cars gifted by the Art Car Community, parent groups pioneering efforts, combining Elementary and High School programs to build a car, a first year teacher building her first Art Car with her elementary art students, Campuses/Arts Partners and of course our very own Defending Mayor’s Cup Winners Heights High School and Black MS Student Entry Winners,” Polidore said.
Okay, it’s safe to say that Polidore “owns” this now! This year Polidore has his 6th car in the parade.
Visit blogs.houstonisd.org and in the search bar type art car, click on the first blog post and get more details about all the schools participating. For parade info, I highly encourage you to visit thehoustonartcarparade.com before heading out for the parade.
I’m fully confident, dear Reader, that you will find a way to work out both visiting The Houston Art Car Parade and my Market at Sawyer Yards.
The outdoor curated craft market is approaching its 2 year anniversary in May. I don’t want you to miss out on some incredible art finds. Plus, the plethora of fine artists in the now eight studio buildings that surround the market will have their studios open noon to 5 p.m. I’ve got food trucks, music and links to all the art studios on the website at sawyerstreetmarket.com. See you there!
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.