Houston Is Inspired

May 22, 2013
by Laura Prus
It’s an exciting time for the Houston arts scene. The recent launch of the GHCVB’s “Houston is Inspired” campaign brought together many arts and cultural organizations (plus individual artists) to promote the stunning cultural aspects of our city. Which got us thinking - how many of these spectacular arts groups have visited the park? It’s almost too many to count! 

For five years, we’ve been hearing melodic sounds of HGO’s storybook opera, seeing picturesque performances by Houston Ballet II and living Shakespearean drama from the UH School of Theater and Dance just to name a few. The Orange Show’s Art Car Parade sneak peek rolls in every spring for park goers to catch a glimpse at the creative vehicles. We’ve also teamed up with great organizations to bring spectacular jazz performances like the Da Camera Jazz JAM and special concerts such as HSPVA at Discovery Green spotlighting gifted students and illustrious alumni, including Jason Moran and Robert Glasper. Not to mention, The Korean Festival, Nowruz Festival and other vibrant performing arts celebrations have helped us showcase the international communities of Houston!

It’s hard to forget the organizations from outside Houston that have also visited the park. Were you here to witness the recent exhibit by Britain’s Architects of Air? Who could forget Australia’s Strange Fruit in Fall 2009? Their fusion of theater, dance and circus towered in the sky and marked the group’s first Texas appearance! We also had a great visit from Dr. Gregorio Luke, who presented Murals Under the Stars and other fascinating lectures about legendary artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and others.

All of these artful events bring incredible and enriching diversity and talent to Downtown Houston. Not to mention, the art that surrounds us daily from Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color to Jean Dubuffet’s Monument Au Fantome provides us with a constant reminder that our city truly is inspired! Plus, numerous temporary art exhibits have enlivened the park, like our first installation, the Recycled Gazebo, by Dan Phillips and others such as Cool Globes, Light as Air, Through the Eyes of a Child, and more!

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