Houston creatives embrace diversity

The exploitation of black creativity, part of the devaluing of black lives, stops with us. To support the movement, this month we’ll focus on the contribution of black Houstonians. As always, we focus on creative, innovative, and inventive projects by Houstonians, for Houstonians—as well as the rest of the world.

In putting together these stories, some places and projects were top of mind, and some had to be uncovered. We were sad to not find any notable buildings by living Houston-based black architects. Please comment on this story if you have any recommendations or discoveries of your own.


Sparks Reframing Houston

This April

When I think about Houston, I try to step out of my own experiences and see it the way other people do. On most mornings, I read the Houston Subreddit. On the Reddit community platform, Houstonians have discussions, often snarky, with each other and visitors from around the world. I especially enjoy threads where people try to describe Houston. Here’s a nice example: https://www.reddit.com/r/houston/comments/7ziynt/what_food_or_dish_best_describes_houston/. My favorite reply is from kimshrug:

I don’t think one food or dish can describe Houston. Just like one person or one group couldn’t be the face of this city. Maybe bbq’d fajita crawfish tacos??

Houston is not often described as “creative,” but if we get into the habit of noticing Houston’s sparks of creativity, we can more often see its possibilities. More importantly, we can help the world see Houston as a leader in finding new solutions to problems, like COVID-19, which are plaguing the world.

Fast Company: How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation, 2013-Apr-4 by Tina Seelig of Stanford University

… you can look at every situation in the world from different angles, from close up, from far away, from upside down, and from behind. We are creating frames for what we see, hear, and experience all day long, and those frames both inform and limit the way we think. In most cases, we don’t even consider the frames–we just assume we are looking at the world with the proper set of lenses. However, being able to question and shift your frame of reference is an important key to enhancing your imagination because it reveals completely different insights.

I hope this months Sparks will give you a few more frames for Houston.

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Sparks Spotted in March

Here are 6 more sparks of creative energy from Houston.

Living here drives us all to be more inventive. Not every spark lasts, but we all keep on coming up with new ideas and solutions.

Need someone to understand why you thrive in Houston? Share this newsletter with them.

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March 31, 2020

More Sparks sighted in Houston this February

At Creative Houston, we explore Houston to uncover flashes of ingenuity that cross boundaries and may surprise you. We collect these sightings into a newsletter and a website. Plus, we share them on social media, and we hope you will, too. Our goal is to reshape the way we see Houston.

If you share our commitment to strengthening the creative economy in Houston, you can support us in several ways.

  1. Buying a subscription will help us get the tools we need to improve the newsletter and website, as well as mounting our first event this year. We cannot grow without paying customers. (You may subscribe for free and receive all benefits during our first year. Paid subscriptions are $5/month or $49/year. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.)
  2. Sharing our sparks on social media helps us build an audience. Here’s where to find us:
  3. Flag #CreativeHoustonSparks yourself. When you share examples of people, places, and projects that exemplify Houston’s creative energy, please use our hashtag. We look forward to sharing your sightings.

New Sparks for January

Creative Houston is designed to support people who are generating new ideas, inventing new things, and starting new projects. Houston doesn’t get enough credit as a creative city. Our creative professionals need more recognition and resources in order to thrive.

Theresa Quintanilla visiting
The Printing Museum

At Creative Houston, we keep track of our metro area’s creative people, places, and projects. We want to introduce them to the whole world. Please point us to your discoveries. And share our work with anyone who wants to know Houston better.

We are bootstrapping this enterprise, and we can’t do it without feedback and subscribers. All our resources are currently free and open, but purchasing a monthly or annual subscription ($7/$49) will help us grow stronger, faster. Plus, you’ll have more input into our future direction by becoming part of our community.

What we’re creating for you

in Houston

You’re likely 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 to help them thrive in Houston.

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

Theresa Quintanilla at Bayou Bend
Theresa Quintanilla visiting Bayou Bend

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 point out 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 at $5/month or $49/year. Only paid 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. If you purchase the $49 newsletter subscription, we can showcase more of Houston’s creative professionals. We want to upgrade our tools and design. As our business grows, we hope to create events and a marketplace for things made in Houston.

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