1 week until spring’s favorite fine arts, fun & fundraising festival!

1 week until spring’s favorite fine arts, fun & fundraising festival!

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kickoff party


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 10:26 AM

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kickoff party: Festival season has officially begun!

Thank you to everyone who came out to kick off Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park! We had a great time at Gallery M Squared and can’t wait to celebrate another great festival together!


Art of food and art of wine: Wine and dine with us in Memorial Park

While you’re strolling through Memorial Park, and taking in the amazing artwork around you, be sure to stop by the various Art of Food tents, with delicious and cultural options from Melange Catering!

What better way to spend the day under the trees than with a glass of wine? Barefoot, Naked Grape and William Hill will all be at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park with beautiful wines available by the glass or bottle.


Non-profit partner spotlight: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Bayou City Art Festival is proud to partner with 16 non-profit organizations each with their own remarkable causes. For years, we’ve had the honor of working with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and are excited for another great festival together.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is on a mission of education because of its simple, but bold belief: “art is for everyone.” This premise has helped create programs for children, adults, families, colleges and individuals with disabilities. Through these programs and additional community involvement, like Bayou City Art Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts strives to create an environment of art education that is available to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston also works to provide quality exhibits and is currently showing Picasso Black &White, one of only two venues given the privilege.

For more information about the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston or exhibits, visit their website. To view the full list of Bayou City Art Festival’s non-profit partners, click here.


World-renowned vocalist brings sounds from India to Houston: Rajarajeshwary Bhat  on the local roots, global culture stage

After joining the Swarayalam Arts Forum in 2004, Rajarajeshwary Bhat moved to Houston to teach the community about Carnatic traditions. A world-renowned master of this devotional style of music that is associated with Southern India, Bhat has traveled the world teaching and performing. She holds a Vidwat degree in Music, equivalent to a Master’s degree, from the Karnataka government. She earned her a national teaching award in 2011 for her unique approach to teaching techniques, theory and training of Carnatic music with students from Houston and across North America.

We can’t wait for Rajarajeshwary Bhat’s performance at 12 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the Houston Arts Alliance Local Roots, Global Culture Stage presented by the HAS Folklife+ Traditional Arts Program! For the full performance line-up and schedule, visit our website.


Middle school art contest is well underway: Vote for your favorite middle school artist!

This year Bayou City Art Festival is giving the kids a go to win an art competition and participate in the festival! As drawing is the basis for most higher level art forms, we’ve encouraged middle school students to participate in our first Middle School Art Contest. We received 90 applications from six different school districts: Aldine, Klein, Pearland, Alief, Alvin and Brazosport young artists entered and the top 30 finalists have been selected and their artwork is now available as part of our on-line voting.

Voting ends March 15 at 3 p.m. The three artists with the most votes will attend Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park, along with their families for a formal presentation including certificates for art classes donated by Glassell Junior School of Art and a $100 art supply gift certificate. Each winner’s school will receive a $500 art supply gift certificate and all thirty finalists will receive certificates of participation.

To view and vote for Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Middle School Art Contest click here!


Call for volunteers: We heART our volunteers

Do you want to be part of Bayou City Art Festival? Then volunteering is the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for exceptional volunteers to work in the following areas: ticket takers, greeters, artist relief, festival market booth, patron art pick-up, stage runner, Creative Zone, artist check-in, artist load-in or load-out. Volunteer shifts begin on Wednesday, March 20, and continue throughout the festival until Sunday, March 24.

In addition to being part of an amazing festival, volunteers receive complimentary festival t-shirts and are able to park and then ride shuttle buses to and from the festival at no expense.

Volunteer registration/sign up will end March 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. Learn more about volunteer opportunities or register to assist at the festival here!


Proceeds from the festival benefit local area non-profit partners: Presented by Art Colony Association

Art Colony Association (ACA) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to produce high-quality art festivals. The aim of these festivals is to provide financial support to local nonprofit organizations and generate year-round revenue for artists creating master works in their medium.

Funding for the art festivals is provided in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance.