Houston is a city built on a foundation of art and a long and storied history of collaborative artistic efforts. With its myriad of museums and as the home of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, it comes as no surprise that HISD would take every opportunity to expose students to exciting and creative events in their own backyards.
The Houston Art Bike Festival is the little sibling event of the famous Houston Art Car Parade, and has grown into a massive occasion of its own, transforming MacGregor Park into an exciting celebration of human-powered student and community artwork.
The festival will take place Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MacGregor Park (5225 Calhoun) and will include live music, community activities, food and beverages and, of course, a parade of hundreds of colorful and creative art bikes.
An awards ceremony celebrating the most creative bikes will take place at 11 a.m. In the evening, the festivities will continue at The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (2401 Munger St.) with more interactive art and live music from experimental musician Mononeon.
So far, 21 HISD campuses are signed up to participate in the Art Bike Festival. Art teachers will guide students to create their mobile masterpieces using a curriculum created by Fine Arts Curriculum Implementation Coaches Chandel Bonner-Hancock and Rickey Polidore.
The Fine Arts Department strives to connect students with the Houston community through artistic opportunities and increase their appreciation of art and creative endeavors by engaging with the world around them. For more information on HISD Fine Arts, visit their website, and visit Art Bike Houston to register to participate in or attend the Art Bike Festival.