Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States and a major art hub, supporting more than 500 organizations dedicated to the arts. Due to the city’s mix of cultures and ethnicities, 90 of these organizations focus on multicultural and minority art. In 2012, Forbes named Houston the “coolest” city in America, taking into account its incredible art scene and diversity. Houston has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and its economic success in the energy industry has spurred the cultivation of art and culture.
Known for its “no zoning” policies and notorious urban sprawl, the city can be seen as a haphazard mix of the industrial and commercial. However, many Houston artists embrace the idea of an unplanned city and incorporate the concept in their art. This perception of the city, coupled with its varied racial and ethnic components, gives Houston artists a distinctive edge, allowing for ample research and exploration into their techniques and inspirations.
Houston also has wonderful resources and organizations supporting the arts community. Check them out!