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Murals and More to Take Over Downtown with Massive Block Party

Muralists, artists and street art enthusiasts unite; this one's for you.

By Amarie Gipson October 13, 2022

One of Houston's lesser-known assets is its abundance of public art. We may not always have cool weather for folks to enjoy, but there’s no shortage of hidden sculptures, murals, or mini-galleries peppered throughout the city. If you’ve been in search of an inspiring mural photo-op or looking to explore Downtown, look no further. This weekend, Big Art. Bigger Change, a huge outdoor art exhibition, is opening with 10 brand-new murals that will take over a mile’s worth of commercial building walls along Main Street. 

Featured artists include Sonny Sundancer, Emily Ding, Ana Marietta, Victor Ash, Lula Goce and more. The public unveiling will commence with a huge block party in collaboration with local art market All Access Art on Saturday, October 15, at Market Main Street Square. The event is free to the public and will kick off at 11 a.m.

In addition to more art than you can handle, the multi-block celebration will also feature a pop-up beer garden, art cars, and live music performances by Texas Southern’s drumline, UofH’s Mariachi and more. Bring the kids to enjoy crafts and dance classes and stuff your face with food from various local food vendors. If you can’t catch the fun this weekend, don’t worry. All Access Art has pop-ups and vendor markers all year round, so there’s no excuse to get outside and get inspired. Check out some of the work in progress shots below:

Work in progress: Artist Emily Ding's mural will be located at the Four Seasons on Austin St. 

Work in progress: Anna Marietta in the air at the Cotton Exchange building on Franklin St. 

Work in progress: Find Case Maclaim's mural on 405 Main. St. 

Mural in progress by Lula Goce. 

Work by Carlos Alberto. 

Work by Emily Ding.

Work by Victor Ash. 

Work by Sonny Sundancer.

For more information on the event, visit Street Art for Mankind’s website.

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