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NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

Tomeka Weatherspoon, Houston Public Media, December 11, 2017

East End community groups and artists gathered to unveil a new large-scale mural. It’s a wall of underwater sea creatures not far from the city docks.

“It was a year of planning,” said Veronica Gorczynski of the Greater East End Management District. Her group supports efforts to beautify the area. “We had over 300 people over 2 weekends — that includes a Saturday and a Sunday just cleaning up the site.”

“If residents aren’t coming out and walking their neighborhood, we have to ask ourselves why.” said Gorczynski.

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The graffiti mural was a collaboration of artists. But the initial design came from Jessie Rodriguez. He was raised in Magnolia Park, where the piece is located.

“This right here is the first mural Magnolia Park. Magnolia Park is – not the dark side of Houston – but it was real neglected,” said Rodriguez. “In the prior younger years of Magnolia Park in Houston, this Bayou was the freeway to Houston. So, there was a lot of wildlife here before the petrochemical plants and all that other stuff. When the gulf comes upstream you do see–rarely, you see the manatees, and the turtles. They come up this far.”

He said the piece aims to bring back the beauty of the Bayou through sea wildlife. They call the piece Turtle Soup.

Article original appeared on Houston Public Media, December 11, 2017

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Our Community Wins When You Choose Local

Our Community Wins When You Choose Local

Just in time for the holidays, Houston’s collaborative spirit is in full force with the launch of the “Choose Local” campaign. This initiative calls on residents of Houston and the surrounding areas, including Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto counties, to patronize local businesses and support the local creative community.

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Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

The 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón took place on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade on Saturday, October 21st. In partnership with the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East End Management District-produced festival returned for its sixth year. Festival goers reported that this year's festival was the best one yet. With a fully-activated kid zone, over 60 artisan vendors, thirteen local vendors, and a full day's worth of musical and dance entertainment, the 2017 East End Street Festival con Corazón, benefiting Hurricane Harvey Relief welcomed over 5,000 attendees to the Navigation Esplanade in the heart East End Houston. Join us next year on October 20, 2018!

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Help Bring Farm Fresh Produce to Families in East End Houston

Help Bring Farm Fresh Produce to Families in East End Houston

East End Houston's Finca Tres Robles is earmarking a percentage of their produce this upcoming Fall to go to up to ten (10) families at Ninfa Laurenzo Early Childhood Center and they are looking for Community Sponsors to provide these shares free of charge. Finca Tres Robles was founded and built with the purpose of being a positive resource for our community. They are fully committed to ensuring that their produce remains here in the neighborhood and are continuing to work to find ways to better serve our neighbors.

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Houston’s East End to Become the Region’s Hub for Entrepreneurs

Houston’s East End to Become the Region’s Hub for Entrepreneurs

Neighboring downtown Houston is the East End, a community with deep historic roots and entrepreneurship. It was in the East End that the Allen Brothers envisioned and built Harrisburg, Houston’s founding cornerstone for what has become today, the fourth largest city in the country. Almost 200 years later, this largely Hispanic community is charting a new vision: To become Houston’s primary makers hub.

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