Bayou City Art Fes­ti­val Down­town An­nounces 2017 Non-Profit Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Pro­ceeds from the week­end out­door fine art fes­ti­val to ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties

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HOUS­TON - The 2017 Bayou City Art Fes­ti­val Down­town, pro­duced by the Art Colony As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. (ACA), has se­lected seven lo­cal non-prof­its that will ben­e­fit from a por­tion of the event’s pro­ceeds. The week­end celebration will be held Satur­day - Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14 - 15, 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and will spot­light over 300 artists from 19 dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines in Down­town Hous­ton.

“Dur­ing the past 46 years, the Art Colony As­so­ci­a­tion has raised mil­lions for lo­cal non-prof­its,” said Brid­get An­der­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Art Colony As­so­ci­a­tion. “We would not be able to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity with­out the great sup­port from our won­der­ful spon­sors and fes­ti­val at­ten­dees.” Each non-profit pro­vides vol­un­teers and has the op­tion to host an art sta­tion in the Chil­dren’s Cre­ative Zone. The seven non-profit part­ners ben­e­fit­ing from the 2017 Bayou City Art Fes­ti­val Down­town in­clude: Av­enue 360 A Cause to Give us Paws Buf­falo Bayou Part­ner­ship Fresh Arts Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Hous­ton The Arc of Greater Hous­ton The Univer­sity of Hous­ton - Clear Lake

Art Gallery As one of the top out­door fine art fes­ti­vals in the U.S., the week­end event will fea­ture mu­sic, food trucks, bev­er­ages, en­ter­tain­ment, a Chil­dren’s Cre­ative Zone and much more. For the past 46 years, ACA, has pro­vided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to show­case their art­work to thou­sands of art lovers from all over the world. The par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, some new and some re­turn­ing are se­lected by a new jury ev­ery year. This year’s fea­tured artist, Tony Paraná, is a lo­cal self-taught mixed me­dia artist that is in­spired by his home state Bahia, Brazil. His work in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­day scenes, mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences while grow­ing up in the north­ern eastern re­gion of Brazil, which is known for its rich col­ors, fla­vor­ful foods and beau­ti­ful land­scapes. Paraná works pri­mar­ily in oil paint­ings, mixed me­dia, sculp­tures and mo­saics. In 2007, when Paraná ar­rived to Hous­ton, he im­me­di­ately be­came in­volved in the lo­cal arts com­mu­nity. Spon­sors for this year’s Bayou City Art Fes­ti­val Down­town in­clude The City of Hous­ton, David Week­ley Homes, David Frank De­sign, Di­rect En­ergy, Green Moun­tain En­ergy, Hous­ton Arts Al­liance, Just En­ergy, LeafFil­ter, Power Re­mod­el­ing, Re­newal by An­der­sen, and Stella Ar­tois. Me­dia Part­ners in­clude Ab­so­lutely Me­mo­rial, Art Hous­ton, CKW Luxe, Cox Me­dia Group, Cu­lureMap, Green­sheet Me­dia, Hot in Hous­ton Now, Hous­ton Ci­tyBook, Hous­ton Fam­ily, Hous­ton Life­styles & Homes, Hous­ton Lo­cal, Hous­ton Mod­ern Lux­ury, Hous­ton Press, Hous­to­nia, iHeart Ra­dio, In­town, Key, KPRC, La Subasta, Me­mo­rial Vil­lages, Patch Hous­ton, Ur­ban Swank, Yelp and Your City Your Style. On­line tick­ets are on sale now un­til the day of the event atwww. art colony as­so­ci­a­tion. org. Tick­ets on­line are $12 for adults and $5 for chil­dren 6 - 12; chil­dren five and un­der are free. Tick­ets at the gate are $15 for adults. Also avail­able on­line are two-day passes for $20 and fam­ily passes (two adults, two chil­dren tick­ets) for $30. Dis­counted

tick­ets for Vet­er­ans and Se­niors will be avail­able at the gate. Do­na­tions are also be­ing ac­cepted on­line. For up­dates on so­cial me­dia, fol­low the of­fi­cial event hash­tags #HouArtFest, #BCAF and #BCAFvol­un­teer, like the Face­book page, or fol­low onTwit­ter andIn­sta­gram. About Bayou City Art Fes­ti­val: Now en­ter­ing its 46th year, the Art Colony As­so­ci­a­tion has raised $3.5 mil­lion for lo­cal non-profit pro­grams through the fes­ti­vals. A per­cent­age of the pro­ceeds sup­port lo­cal art or­ga­ni­za­tions and non­prof­its. The Fes­ti­vals are funded in part by grants from the City of Hous­ton through the Hous­ton Arts Al­liance, cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships, pri­vate con­tri­bu­tions, in-kind sup­port and vol­un­teer as­sis­tance. Vol­un­teer and spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.art­colonyas­so­ci­a­tion.org.

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