Arts & Culture

Houston’s Washington Avenue Arts District Gets Beautified

The area is home to more than 250 working artists, the highest concentration in the state.

 

 

On Saturday at 10:00 in the morning, the smell of freshly cut grass lingers on Crockett Elementary’s lawn. About 200 volunteers descended upon the First Ward for a beautification project.

They also came to plant trees and paint a rainbow of colors on the eleven blocks of bollards lining Spring Street’s bike path. It was part of an event celebrating the first year of the Washington Avenue Arts District’s designation.

“Now when people come through this bike path, they’ll say, ’Hey, I’m in clearly a special area.’ We hope that it denotes that it’s an artistically rich area,” said Susannah Mitchell, the district’s director, who helped organize the event.

Even though it’s only been a year, the impact is already being felt.

“And I think this only enhances economic opportunity, too, because you see people and businesses wanting to locate in these districts that have all these attributes,” explains Minnette Boesel from the mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

The area is home to more than 250 working artists, the highest concentration in the state. There are plans to add another 150 spaces by the end of the year.

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