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East End Adds Nautical Attraction: Houston Maritime Museum New Location Now Open

Take a voyage without leaving the dock. Houston Maritime Museum (HMM) unveiled an emblematic interactive mural of a large ocean liner on the façade of its new building in the Eastside of Houston located on Navigation and Canal Boulevard in the East End. At the helm of the project was muralist Anthony Rose and David Maldonado his collaborator. Guests are encouraged to take pictures in this oversized postcard and make their own stories.

Inspiring Communities Through Art: The Story of Muralist Leo Tanguma

Few people know that one of the most iconic murals that reflects the struggles of Hispanic Americans during the 1960s and 1970s is located in the historic East End neighborhood of Houston. The creator of this massive 240-foot mural is a self-made artist from South Texas. His name, Leopoldo Tanguma, better known as Leo.

Artists and muralist Leo Tanguma was born to Texas farm workers with Mexican ancestors in Beeville, Texas, a small and underdeveloped town located right in the middle of Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

He started his life-long art career at the very young age of eight using a pencil and pieces of card boxes to draw promising portraits of his friends. But, the hardships endured by Latino-Americans inspired his art.

The Revitalization of the Most Historic Waterway is Underway in Houston’s East End

Formed 18,000 years ago, the Buffalo Bayou is Houston prime’s waterway extending some 54 miles from the Katy area all the way down to the Ship Channel and Galveston Bay. Its history in Texas goes back to the early Anglo-American settlements and the Texas Independence with the Battle of San Jacinto. The docks in the Harrisburg area just East of Downtown Houston became the foundations of what became the modern Port of Houston.

Artist Angel Quesada Creates Iconic Mural that Embodies East End Houston’s Spirit

When Christina and Joe Morales, owners of Morales Funeral Home and Morales Radio Hall, wanted to create a visual rendition of their near century contribution to the East End, they commissioned Angel Quesada. They wished to commemorate their 87-year family business and the intertwined culture of the East End which they are both a part of and were instrumental in advancing. “El Segundo Barrio”, as it is known to long-time residents, is a place that embodies everything that Quesada, known by his signature ARTKUNGFU, tries to imbue in his art.

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