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Neighbors Collaborate On Art Projects For Three Houston Parks

The effort is called Bayou Trails, and it’s focusing on three parks linked by Brays Bayou.

The Bayou Trails effort includes Mason Park in the East End, MacGregor Park in the Third Ward, and Hermann Park at the edge of the Museum District. 

Pat Jasper with the Houston Arts Alliance says each park will have its own project, like temporary visual art or a performance piece. And those projects will be designed based on input from neighbors.  

“There’s a real urge and enthusiasm for pushing the arts out into neighborhoods so that neighborhoods can enjoy them,” says Jasper.

And in places like the East End and the Third Ward, Jasper says people really want to focus on their neighborhood’s history.

“And you really see the importance of that when you bring the arts into communities that feel like they’ve been left out of the sort,” adds Jasper.

The Houston Arts Alliance is now seeking proposals from Houston-based artists who want to work on those projects. Jasper explains they’re looking for both visual and performance artists.

“There was a real interest in telling the story of that neighborhood through whatever that piece would be,” says Jasper. “Whether the piece would say, be a play, or the piece would be a series of temporary public pieces that would tell that story.”

Jasper hopes they can start work on those pieces in the fall.

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Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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