The Bayou City Art Festival is a bi-annual event produced by the Arts Colony Association that has contributed more than $3 million to fund dozens of local arts and service non-profit organizations. This collaborative non-profit event puts 100 percent of the proceeds back into the community; additionally, the non-profits that benefit are the ones volunteering to make the weekend-long event actually happen.
The organizations involved in the 2013 Bayou City Art Festival – Downtown, include:
Art League Houston (ALH) – The mission of ALH is to cultivate awareness, appreciation and accessibility of contemporary visual art within the community for its cultural enrichment. Art League Houston fulfills its mission through exhibitions, the Art League School, its annual Texas Artist of the Year program and extensive outreach programming.
City ArtWorks – City ArtWorks is the leading visual arts education resource, fostering skill development and self-expression through creative programming, collaborations and exhibitions. They engage children in exciting hands-on experiences, providing accessible and affordable visual art classes.
FotoFest – FotoFest is an international arts and education organization with the purpose of promoting the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. Its programs work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange in order to enrich Houston’s cultural resources.
Fresh Arts Coalition – The Fresh Arts Coalition is a collaboration of small and mid-sized Houston arts organizations that markets the importance of the arts to the public and builds audience participation through increased visibility, collaborative efforts and advocacy.
Heritage Society – The Heritage Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and celebrate the diverse history of Houston. The organization preserves some of Houston’s most historic structures, including the Kellum-Noble, San Felipe and Pillot houses and St. John Church through its museum gallery and traveling exhibitions. The Heritage Society offers six community outreach programs to the public
Houston Center for Photography (HCP) – Houston Center for Photography’s mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP is always free and open to the public and offers year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, classes and an on-site library that houses more than 2,500 books on photography as well as a state of the art digital darkroom.
Lawndale Art Center – Lawndale Art Center’s mission is to develop local contemporary artists and the audiences for their art. Lawndale includes four museum-quality galleries, three artist studios and an outdoor sculpture garden, which facilitate its role as a vital cultural resource for Houston.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) – The MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie theater, two art schools and two house museums. Located in the heart of the Houston Museum District, it serves as the city’s premier fine arts museum and is one of the largest in the United States.
Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) – MOCAH uses public art and creativity as tools for social awareness and community development. The organization offers community based programming through its MOCAH Public Art Program, MOCAH Studio Workshops, Art Angels Healing Arts Workshops, Art of Culture and Queens of Creativity programs.
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art – The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts preserves, promotes and documents visionary art environments, provides opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision and creates a community where that expression is valued. The organization is most widely known for the Orange Show Monument, the Beer Can House and the beloved Houston Art Car Parade.
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) – SNAP is a Houston-based non-profit agency that seeks to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas. The organization believes “no-birth is the first step to no-kill.” SNAP operates spay/neuter and wellness clinics in Houston and San Antonio.
Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA – The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that focuses on the betterment of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y believes that positive change only comes when the community invests in its youth, health and neighbors, and actively works to instill these values in Houston’s children and teens.
Workshop Houston – Workshop Houston’s mission is to provide Houston’s youth with creative, technical and educational resources. The organization strives to create a community that gives youth support, expanded opportunities and alternate definitions of success. Workshop Houston offers youth development programs through four shops: welding and metal fabrication, music production, fashion and graphic design and a tutoring and academic enrichment shop.
Young Audiences of Houston – The mission of Young Audiences of Houston is to educate and inspire children through the arts, to make the arts an integral part of the school curriculum and to advance the field of arts in education through professional development and community partnerships.
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