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Projects You may have seen evidence of the organization’s rise in recent projects around the neighborhood. Most notably, earlier this year the Washington Avenue Arts District led an exciting neighborhood beautification - public art and community partnership project that engaged over 200 volunteers from The Dow Chemical Company in partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful and the First Ward Civic Council to create a subtle public art installation along the Spring Street bike path. The colorful painting of five hundred wood bollards that line the trail from Sawyer St. to Holly St. was made possible through a Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) Adopt-A-Trail program agreement between the First Ward Civic Council (FWCC) and HPARD. For over eleven blocks path-goers now enjoy an ombre-like civic art installation that meanders through a spectrum of more than two dozen colors, brightening up the street and calling attention to the special creative culture of the District.

The organization now has its sights set on a new project, slated to open to the public in November of this year. With this project the Arts District will curate a one-of-a-kind art exhibition, transforming the honeycombed footprint of twenty-eight renovated grain silos into site-specific contemporary installations. Juried by Bill Arning of Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum, and Jillian Conrad of the University of Houston, this unprecedented exhibition will feature Houston-based artists responding to the unique challenge of non-traditional space. Made possible in part via a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, the opening will be the first modern use of the former grain processing facility. The exhibition will also mark the opening of the newest (and largest) studio complex in Houston, the Silos at Sawyer Yards. For more informations go to: www.artsdistricthouston.com Susannah Mitchel is the Executive Director of the Washington Avenue Arts District

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