Arts & Culture

Houston Artists Show Up, Speak Up

Nearly 200 of Houston’s independent artists turned out to Saturday’s town hall meeting. The most popular topic? Finding affordable live/work space in the city.

Artist Town Hall
The meeting split into break-out groups to discuss different topics, ranging from artist compensation to affordable studio space.


It didn’t matter that it was a Saturday, or that the weather was nice. That didn’t stop nearly 200 of Houston’s artists from showing up to a town hall meeting to discuss issues that are important to them.

The hottest topic on the agenda was centered around having affordable living and working space for artists within the city.

 “There are a lot of resources in the center of Houston but artists can’t necessarily can’t live and work in the center because it’s getting more and more expensive. So that is really important,” said Autumn Knight, a local performing artist and one of the meeting’s moderators.  

The town hall wasn’t just meant for artists within Houston’s city limits, but also in surrounding communities. It was a chance to get a better perspective of the bigger picture.

“Houston’s a very big city. It’s cities within cities, so to speak. And so, you a lot of times, look past the each individual pockets and see what they’re all saying that’s in common and figure out the central idea to build on,” artist Justin Garcia explained.  

The meeting was not hosted by the city, but the development of Houston’s new Arts and Cultural Plan was a motivator. By prioritizing issues, organizers hope the city will have a clear understanding of local artists’ needs.

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