Commissioner Ellis, Art Community will Unveil 9 Murals on Downtown Buildings

Commissioner Ellis, Art Community will Unveil 9 Murals on Downtown Buildings
Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Former Houston Mayor Turner, Art Community will Unveil 9 Murals on Downtown Buildings
New Murals Bring Total to 44 Pieces of Art in Big Art. Bigger Change. Campaign that Reflects the UN General Assembly’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, former Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston arts community on Saturday will unveil nine murals in Phase 3 of the Big Art. Bigger Change., the outdoor art exhibition spanning more than a mile from the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel to the Historic District and another mile from Buffalo Bayou banks to south downtown.

With the latest artworks, the outdoor public art gallery now boasts 44 murals by internationally recognized street artists. Along with Commissioner Ellis, Saturday’s event will include former Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the founders of Street Art for Mankind (SAM), and some of the world’s most acclaimed fine art muralists. Guests will have the opportunity to view the new murals on a double-decker bus tour following the unveiling, sponsored by Houston City Tours that runs daily tours of all downtown murals.

“This mural project is more than just creating a culture of public art or transforming downtown into an open-air museum,” Commissioner Ellis said. “It’s also about confronting these vital issues as a community, hoping to collectively work together to build a better future. I want to thank the artists and Street Art for Mankind, Downtown Houston, and everyone who came together for this incredible initiative that is changing the landscape and the culture of Houston.”

Selected artists include local and international talents representing Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain and other nations.

“We commend Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis for his unwavering leadership and dedication to Big Art. Bigger Change.,” said Kristopher Larson, president and CEO of Downtown Houston+. “His vision and commitment have been instrumental in fostering a deeper appreciation for art as a catalyst for positive change. Under his guidance, this project has transformed downtown and sparked meaningful dialogue on important social and environmental issues. Commissioner Ellis’s efforts have truly made a lasting impact on our city, and we are proud to stand alongside him in this transformative endeavor.”

The artworks for Big Art. Bigger Change. are reviewed by a committee of Houston community and arts leaders to reflect the United Nations General Assembly’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include gender equality, quality education, climate action, and responsible consumption. Houston is the only city in the world with an exhibition that reflects all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Each mural portrays one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, igniting crucial conversations and spurring action toward tangible change in our communities,” said SAM co-founders Audrey and Thibault Decker. “These artworks serve as catalysts for societal progress, inviting us to reflect on pressing global issues and collaborate toward meaningful solutions. We are honored to have contributed to this transformative project over the past three years and are so proud of the profound impact it has had in fostering awareness and inspiring positive change.”

Big Art. Bigger Change. is a collaboration between Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) in partnership with Harris County Precinct One, the City of Houston, and corporate partner TotalEnergies. SAM, a global nonprofit organization that works with internationally prominent street artists to raise awareness for social and environmental issues, curated and produced the mural exhibition.

Find more information about Big Art. Bigger Change. at streetartmankind.org/bigartbiggerchange. Progress photos of the 2024 murals can be found at the link here. Find press resources in the press kit here. To have the full experience of the murals like in a museum, download the free “Behind the Wall” app that works like an audio-guide. It features interviews with experts and artists, descriptions of the murals, a map and now the capacity to make a statement with a mural picture in the background. Download the app from your Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Big Art. Bigger Change. 2024 Artists:
Detour / Denver, US
DFace / England / UK
Dragon76 / Japan
Gonzo247 / Houston, US
JDL (Judith de Leeuw) / Netherlands
Mantra / France
Romain Froquet / France
Sebastien “Mr.D 1987” Boileau / Houston, US
Shamsia Hassani / Afghanistan
Super A / The Netherlands
 
ABOUT DOWNTOWN HOUSTON+
Downtown Houston+ stewards the vision of Downtown as a center of global commerce and local culture and Houston’s heart for opportunity, excitement, and joy. Its family of aligned entities — Central Houston Inc., Houston Downtown Management District, and Downtown Redevelopment Authority — collectively advance a shared mission to champion and enhance Downtown Houston as a connected and thriving place for everyone. For more information, visit downtownhouston.org
ABOUT STREET ART FOR MANKIND
Street Art for Mankind (SAM) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization that strongly believes in the power of art to trigger social change. With the support of over 100 prominent international street artists, SAM curates and produces large murals, interactive exhibitions, and live performances around the world to bond communities and generations around human rights. For more information, please visit https://streetartmankind.org/.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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