When McKissack died, Houston arts patron Marilyn Oshman formed a non-profit foundation to preserve The Orange Show. The 21 original donors represent a diverse cross-section of Houston -- Dominique de Menil, Nina Cullinan, members of the legendary Texas rock band ZZ Top and East End funerary director Tommy Schlitzberger. In 1982, the restored site opened and newly hired staff began to integrate The Orange Show into Houston's cultural life through a wide variety of programs. Artists, musicians and literary figures that make Houston their home bring depth and dimension to programs, and give the public immediate access to creative thinking.
Programs focus on the Orange Show's ability to make basic elements of art tangible and accessible. Dynamic events involve at risk youth in community enriching art projects -- to date 28 murals have been created under Orange Show auspices. A library and archive document visionary artists and environments. Outreach programs encourage the public to participate in the creative process; among the most successful of these is Art Car Weekend.
April 8th is also the day of the 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Kick Off Party for the Art Car Parade that is slated to take place on Saturday, April 12th along Allen Parkway and we can't wait to show off all the awesome new entries this year! Join us on Saturday April 4th, a week prior to the big day, for our Houston Art Car Parade Kickoff Party hosted by Texas Monthly and Saint Arnold Brewing Company!
Live music in the Lindley Fish in Smither Park, bike decorating hosted by the Orange Show as well as photo-based kids crafts hosted by Houston Center for Photography, and of course Art Cars will make for a great way to kick off the 28th year of Houston Art Car Parade festivities! Bring your own bike to decorate at Smither Park during the Kickoff Party and you'll be able to join the Orange Show Art Bikes as they roll during the 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade on Saturday, April 11th!
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