The Houston Arts Alliance is planning a series of events to mark the centennial of the Port of Houston, as well as the arrival of Metro's East End light rail line. They've launched a project called Transported + Renewed.
The Arts Alliance's Pat Jasper says the effort highlights the way Houstonians get around their city. And with its history of port and rail activity, the East End is one of Houston's major hubs of transportation.
"Actually it's kind of no-holes-barred, we're looking for performing and visual arts events, that really reflect this theme of transport and transformation."
With the assistance of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance is awarding grants to both non-profit groups and individual artists. Jasper says the grants should average around $8000. The works that are chosen will be performed and displayed in the East End next fall.
"This is a great opportunity to shine a light on a really important but substanially underappreciated part of the city that hugs our urban core, but so few people, unless they live there or work there know that much about it."
The deadline to apply for the grants is November 20. Details on grant applications can be found at houstonartsalliance.com/grants/transported.