HOUSTON – The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, producers of the annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, announced today that the world-famous celebration of mobile masterpieces has received a new set of dates that are sure to please artists and audiences alike due to its generally cooler and less humid conditions. The 2015 Houston Art Car Parade will take place on Saturday, April 11th – with future Houston Art Car Parades taking place on the second weekend of April.
“Securing this date in April for the Houston Art Car Parade is a dream come true. To be able to present the parade then will allow for a greater audience including those who could not or would not brave the heat in May,” said Don Mafrige, Jr., Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Board President-Elect and Chairman of Houston Art Car Weekend. In recent years, the Houston Art Car Parade has also fallen on a weekend filled with community and family activities including college graduations and Mother’s Day. Lynette Wallace, Executive Director of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art worked closely with the City of Houston over the past few months on coordinating the date change. “We would like to thank the entire staff in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events for helping to make this come to fruition,” said Wallace. “Their continued support is invaluable to keeping this beloved Houston event rolling year after year.”
The 2014 Houston Art Car Parade saw attendance numbers of nearly 300,000 along Allen Parkway, making it one of the largest free events in Houston, and the Orange Show’s largest arts education outreach program. Over 270 entries participated and included anything on wheels – from modified cars and trucks, to bike and skater groups. Schools and youth groups often create some of the most memorable and exciting entries each year. Through a judging process, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art also gave out nearly $17,000 in prizes.
The complete schedule of events for the 2015 Houston Art Car Parade is as follows:
April 9 – The Main Street Drag – Locations all over Houston
April 9 – Sneak Peek – Discovery Green
April 10 – The Legendary Art Car Ball presented by Arts Brookfield
April 11 – The 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade & Houston Art Car Parade VIPit Party – Allen Parkway
April 12 – Houston Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony – Smither Park
Major underwriters of the 2015 Houston Art Car Parade Weekend include Arts Brookfield, Silver Eagle Distributors, Discovery Green, and the City of Houston through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information about the Houston Art Car Parade visit www.thehoustonartcarparade.com.
For more information about the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art visit www.orangeshow.org.
About the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Now in its 33rd year, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Houston, TX with a mission to preserve, promote and document visionary art environments, provide opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision and create a community where that expression is valued. The Orange Show owns and operates The Orange Show monument, The Beer Can House and Smither Park, as well as produces the Houston Art Car Parade – the world’s oldest and largest event of its kind. For more information, visit them online at www.orangeshow.org. Funding is provided in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Cullen Foundation, Wortham Foundation, Silver Eagle Distributors, Ann and James Harithas and Marilyn Oshman as well as private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance. The Orange Show is a member of Fresh Arts.