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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. 


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

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Mullenweg’s view of Houston:

I’ve been all over the world I think Houston is a really special city. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to raise a family. And I think that is important. If you look at the places that people are starting to flock to now – entrepreneurs are fleeing San Francisco and the Bay Area there – they’re going to places the great quality of life. And I would put Houston above Austin there.

Houston Chronicle: WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg’s distributed company is neither here nor there – it’s everywhere, 2019-Mar-22 by Dwight Silverman

Houston’s a much more dynamic city [than Austin]. And now I think we have better food, better arts, better music. Austin is great but I think Houston is under-appreciated. And personally, I choose it.


So I think if we continue to focus on making Houston just a great city, particularly as companies become more more distributed – meaning that people can work from anywhere – I think we’ll see more hiring happening in the Houston area. Hopefully, more companies can get started here as well.


What Matt Mullenweg says 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.”


“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.”


*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.

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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