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East End Houston Cultural District Open House to Take Place Sunday, May 17

Grab a map* and visit East End artist studios, galleries, and theaters on a self-guided tour of some of Houston’s most interesting creative spaces on Sunday, May 17. The East End Houston Cultural District open house will take place alongside Sunday Streets offering a glimpse into some of the incredibly unique cultural assets that make Houston’s East End what it is today.

* Maps will be available at the East End Houston booth on the Navigation Esplanade on Sunday, May 17

Cultural District Open House Activities

ArtSquare Studios – 2315 Commerce

Tenants of ArtSquare Studios will host the following events:

Post Square Projects
On View: May 2 – May 23, 2015
Reception: May 9; 7-9pm in conjunction with post-studio’s one-year anniversary party
Gallery Hours: 10am-6pm
Micro-Phase explores the time and space constraints associated with being an emerging artist. Featuring the work of Jade Abner, Luke Graham, Luke Ikard, Cobra McVey, Katelyn Newman and Kailey Shea Smith, Micro-Phase demonstrates how young artists scale their creative practices during this phase of life. Each artist participated in the first Micro-Residency program at post-studio projects and navigated moving to Houston, graduate school applications or simply life outside of an academic art setting. Micro-Phase celebrates the work they created during this transitional period.

Open Studio / Laser Cutting Demos
Drop by our studio to learn more about the laser cutting process, check out our material library, and meet the post-studio crew. We’ll be offering laser demos and everyone who drops by will get a lasercut souvenir to take home. || 10am to 4pm

Build a [Lasercut] Birdhouse Workshop
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of building a lasercut birdhouse. Participants will gain insight into the laser cutting process, construct their very own bird house, and choose from a variety of wood finishes and paint to complete their project. Each participant will walk away with their very own birdhouse.
Date: Sunday, May 17; 1-3pm
Duration: 2 hours
Class Size: 8 attendees
Materials: included
Cost: $60
Register Here »

FPCO Limited (Inside ArtSquare Studios)
The style mavens at FPCO Limited will be offering free bracelet beading mini-workshops every hour on the hour from 11am-3pm in their showroom at ArtSquare Studios, 2315 Commerce Street, Studio #3. Stop by for refreshments, insight, and a look at FPCO Limited’s newest lines of eclectic apparel and accessories.

Domestic Papers & Missy Bosch Studio (Inside ArtSquare Studios)
Step into Studio #9 to experience our Vintage Vibe! Browse our newest selection of handmade books, collages, and book arts gifts in a working studio packed with antique goodies. Make a mini-book from a vintage card as a free takeaway gift from Lee & Missy.

Re-Think Art (Inside ArtSquare Studios)
Re-Think Art is hosting an interactive open house. Come create your own masterpiece using recycled materials or just shop. Re-Think Art celebrates and supports all forms of the arts while promoting the recycling of materials and knowledge.

ArtSquare Studios II – 2327 Commerce
Contemporary Handweavers of Houston – Guild House (Inside ArtSquare Studios II)
Open Studio – demonstrations in a variety of textile arts including weaving, spinning, and felting. Hands-on activities for visitors.

galleryHOMELAND – 2327 Commerce
Viewers are welcome to experience a new sound installation by two Dallas artist Gregory Ruppe and Jeff Gibbons. On view and on loop will be several selected video pieces by Ruppe and Gibbons on view only for East End Cultural District Day.

El Rincon Social3210 Preston Street
Open studios. El Rincon Social’s mission is to create an environment to nurture an exchange of ideas and experiences through artistic practices that benefit our community.

Houston Makerspace3605 Texas
Check out one of H-town’s coolest creative venues and celebrate their move to 3605 Texas at the Houston Makerspace Welcome Back Birthday Bash from noon-6pm. The day’s line-up includes local venders, food trucks and free beer, demos, classes, tours and a DJ. Pets and kids welcome.

The Storyhive3213 Preston
Visit the East End’s newest media and video production studio and talk with noted filmmakers Alex Luster, Jena Moreno, and Tom Gandy who will be screening some of their latest work throughout the day. The Storyhive is a full-service creative video production company proudly based in Houston’s historic East End and owned by documentarians and veterans of the news media.

TX/RX205 Roberts Street
Established in 2008, TXRX labs is a non-profit hackerspace offering courses in everything from robotics to welding to 3D printing. Stop by the TXRX open house from 11am-1pm for woodturning demos, from noon-1pm for plasma cutting demos, from 1-2pm for cnc routing demos, and from 1-3pm for 3D scanning and 3D printing demos. TXRX staffers will also be offering leather working and other art-related demos throughout the day.

Box 136700 Harrisburg Boulevard
Visit the studios of some of the most interesting artists working in Houston today and leave with a work of art made by you! BOX 13 will offer visitors an opportunity to make a sunprint in a hands-on art making activity suitable for all ages. Housed in a former sewing machine showroom, BOX 13 is an artist run, non-profit, innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art.

Capital Street Gallery6701 Capitol Street
Features and Furniture. Capital Street Gallery is both an exhibition venue and a fabrication studio. See artist Bobby Bacon in action and view works-in-progress and finely crafted finished works made of hardwood and steel in this industrial urban space.

The Barn – Dance Source Performing Arts Space2201 Preston Street
See the creative process unfold before your very eyes. Stop by the Barn, where great dance is made, to see free live preview performances of works from the upcoming Barnstorm Dance Fest throughout the day.

Talento Bilengue de Houston333 S. Jensen Drive
Visual arts exhibit and possible performances on Navigation.

Frenetic Theatre5102 Navigation Blvd.
Frenetic Theater will open its doors to the East End community for a fun morning and early afternoon of performances from some of Houston’s most exciting dance companies. FrenetiCore Dance will join forces with ChinaCat Dance and SonKiss’d Dance Theater to present excerpts of current work on Frenetic Theater’s main stage. Community members will be able to tour the facility and see firsthand the inner workings of one of Houston’s only black box theaters. Sundays Streets visitors can also catch performances by these companies throughout the day on the Navigation Esplanade.

Super Happy Fun Land3801 Polk
Open house featuring poets, musicians, and visual artists.

4202 Screen Printing Gallery4202 Canal Street
4202 specializes in limited edition screen printed t-shirts designed local artists. See the latest collection of designs and watch a screen printer at work in this edgy urban space.

713 Inc. Art and Apparel4739 Canal Street
It is worth a visit to 713 Inc. for the building alone. The entire exterior of the structure at 4739 Canal Street is covered in street art and it is spectacular. Once inside, you’ll find an interesting collection of locally made urban attire, décor, tattoo supplies, and Dia de Los Muertos items mingling happily on the shelves.

Finca Tres Robles257 North Greenwood
Come on by and check out one of the first start-up farms inside Houston’s 610 loop in the heart of Houston’s East End. Farm manager, Tommy Garcia-Prats, will be offering tours of the 1.25 acre operation every half hour from 11am-pm. Visitors are also welcome to explore the farm on their own and see what’s growing. Also, stop by Sunday Streets and the East End Street Market on the Navigation Esplanade to visit with Finca Tres Robles co-founder, Danny Garcia-Prats, selling the farm’s produce at the market from 10am-2pm.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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