Fun Ideas for Makers In and Around Houston
Houston has a lot of great destinations and fun ideas for makers in and around Houston. Great museums, shopping and local events, including the International Quilt Festival each fall.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), a nonprofit arts organization, advances education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC’s major emphasis features objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials.
Since opening in September of 2001, HCCC has become an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest. It is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. HCCC provides exhibition, retail and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists, thus serving as a resource for artists, educators and the community-at-large. In addition, HCCC reaches thousands of children a year through educational and outreach programming.
At HCCC, you will see the full range of the creative process, from how an object is made to why the artist decided to create something “just that way.” Their exhibitions feature sophisticated creations – some that have functions and some that don’t. Asher Gallery is the place to shop one-of-a-kind gifts made by a variety of local and national artists. In addition, The Craft Garden, behind the building, demonstrates the living connection between how plant materials inspire creating things like the blue jeans and T-shirts we wear every day.
Finally, no stop at HCCC is complete without visiting the Artist Hall to explore artist studios. They select artists-in-residence from across the country to come to Houston and share their knowledge and love of craft. In return for opening their studios to the public, they receive financial , professional, and promotional support to advance their careers.
The Center for Recycled Art
The Center for Recycled Art Formed in Houston, Texas in December 2009 by grade school teachers’ kids. The Center receives donations of clean scrap and reusable art and craft supplies from Houston’s citizens and businesses. Since its inception, the Center has diverted more than 400,000 pounds of reusable materials from Houston’s landfills. Then the Center uses these materials in their educational programs and sponsored projects, like the Teacher Warehouse.