What are we creating for you?

in Houston

You’re probably here because you invented something in Houston. Maybe it was a project, a business, a work of art, or a new technology. You solved a problem and made things better. At Creative Houston, we support people who make new things. We want them to thrive in Houston.

Houston doesn’t get much credit as an engine of ingenuity. The world doesn’t look here for great ideas. When creative people say they like living in Houston, outsiders are surprised.

At Creative Houston, we are exposing Houston’s creativity to the world and to ourselves. We keep track of its creative people, places and projects, and we try to introduce them around. We post short stories about them on this web site.

We hope you’ll show more creative things to us, so we can add them to the web site. You can use it to explore Houston’s creativity. When you meet a skeptical outsider, you can send them here to learn.

We had a fancy online directory, but we couldn’t raise funds to keep it going. So now, we are grabbing our bootstraps, building a simpler site, and starting a new newsletter. We hope you will read it, share it, and buy a subscription. Only subscribers can comment and make suggestions. You don’t have to live in Houston to subscribe, but we’ll make you long to be here.

Our web site is puny now, so we could use your support. We want to grow the number of creative professionals making new things in Houston. We plan to have events and a marketplace for things made in Houston.

Being in Houston, we get a lot of ideas. Please help us sort them out. 

Morningstar

Morningstar is a coffee shop inspired by a Japanese tea room, created by innovator David Buehrer with the help of the late Houston architect, John Zemanek.

images from Morningstar instagram

WordPress

Our Creative Houston web site is built on the WordPress platform, which was developed into a major web technology by Houston native Matt Mullenweg.

web site image

See what Matt Mullenweg thinks about being creative in Houston:

“Some of the first money I made was building websites for musicians around [Houston],” he said…. Now, millions of musicians all over the world use WordPress to publish their own websites.

Houston Chronicle: WordPress founder finds inspiration in his hometown of Houston, 2016-Sep-28 by Anita Hassan

“When you think of what open source is, it’s a community coming together to create something and then giving it away to the rest of the community,” he said. “Growing up, I saw so much of that in Houston.”

Ibid.

“I think that power and creativity comes from diversity,” he said. “So having friends from all different walks of life who were at HSPVA, being surrounded by people who were passionate about things, all of that combined. The melting pot or the gumbo of Houston, I couldn’t imagine growing up in a better place, and that’s one of the things I love returning to.”

Ibid.

Glassell School of Art

The Glassell School of Art is the teaching institute of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Its Core Residency Program has educated 224 art professionals since 1982.

exterior photo of school

The Core Program awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Artist residencies encourage intensive and innovative studio practice, and critical-studies residences enable writers to pursue independent curatorial and writing projects. The term runs September to May and is renewable for a second year—much longer than most residencies. It allows them to really settle in and become part of the community.

Pete Gershon, program coordinator, in A Sneak Peek Inside the Core Residency Program

Well-known artists who’ve enjoyed a Core Residency include

  • Robert Mangold
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Edward Kienholz
  • Vito Acconci
  • Duane Michals
  • Richard Tuttle
  • Lynda Benglis
  • Dennis Oppenheim
  • James Surls
  • James Turrell
  • Jennifer Bartlett
  • Vernon Fisher
  • Brice Marden
  • Rick Lowe
  • Mel Chin
  • Alice Aycock
  • John Baldessari
  • Eric Fischl

Asakura Robinson

Founded in Houston in 2004 by Keiji Asakura and Margaret Robinson, the landscape architecture firm Asakura Robinson creates engaging and healthy environments.

Studio view

Representative projects in Houston include

  • Gene Green Regional Park
  • The Plaza at Enclave
  • Collaborative For Children – Nature Playground