The $200,000 grant, the highest level of funding from the NEA, is part of a national program to support projects that “help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core.”
Houston Arts Alliance’s Transported & Renewed project focuses on “this city’s obsession with movement and keeping things moving,” Pat Jasper, Houston Art Alliance’s director of folk life and traditional arts, tells CultureMap.
It will explore such modes of transportation as tugs, ships, railroads, bicycles, art cars, trail rides and lower riders to dragon boats, SLABS, food trucks and more, with art projects around Houston. The timing will coincide with the centennial of the Port of Houston and the new METRO East End Light Rail, which will be the epicenter for the three-month project in 2014.
“This project will use the arts to showcase the significance, the uniqueness and the hidden treasures that are part of this city,” Jasper said. “It is a bold mix of community based and contemporary art projects.”