Houston Celebrates Creativity in November

CoHouston is a month-long celebration of Houston’s creative community By: Skye Mayring
Houston Beer Week is one of several CoHouston community events in November.  // © 2012 Houston Beer Week
Houston Beer Week is one of several CoHouston community events in November.  // © 2012 Houston Beer Week

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There’s more to Houston than big oil and rodeo. With the goal of generating awareness and appreciation of Houston’s thinkers, makers and doers, CoHouston is launching a month-long celebration of Houston's creative community. Key events include: the International Quilt Festival, the Cinema Arts Festival, Fashion Houston, Houston Beer Week, the Winter Holiday Art Market and ArtCrawl Houston.

CoHouston is a united city-wide effort to promote Houston’s creative culture and innovation by showcasing a vibrant community of artists, designers, organizations and resources. The organization facilitates collaborative, community-driven efforts among Greater Houston’s creative organizations in order to collectively address local and regional challenges, draw talent and tourism to Houston, grow sustainable relationships and practices and brand Greater Houston as a destination and hub for world-class creative cultural innovation.

From the International Quilt Festival and the Mini Maker Faire to Fast Tech 50 and TEDxHouston, crafters will find plenty of inspiration. At these events, Houstonians who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty transform creative ideas into real world innovation.

The Houston Cinema Arts Society’s Cinema Arts Festival brings star power to Houston. This week-long series of events will spotlight the filmmakers, artists, organizations, production companies and visual works that help make Houston “America’s Coolest City,” according to Forbes magazine.

In alignment with Global Entrepreneurship Week and Houston Fashion Week, CoHouston will showcase many forms and genres of design and innovation, including the Architecture Center’s “Sacred Architecture of Texas” exhibit, the TX/RX Labs Science Fair, Houston Startup Weekend and the inaugural Asian Chamber of Commerce’s Engaging and Emerging conference.

CoHouston is initiative supported by the Mayor’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Board and the Office of Mayor Pro-Tem/city council member Ed Gonzalez. Other supporters include the City of Houston, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Houston Film Commission and the Houston Arts Alliance, among many others. 

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