Arts & Culture

Mickey Leland Statue in Hermann Park  Song of the Drinking Gourds mural at Tom Bass Community Center  Together We Grow mural at the Hardy Community Center  Ada Edwards in the Sacred Struggles/Vibrant Justice mural

 

Public art enhances a community's quality of life.

By reflecting the shared values and ideals of a community, public art not only beautifies neighborhoods but it celebrates our humanity and all that connects us.

Precinct One's Public Art program focuses on bringing culturally-relevant art to communities that may not have access to art in their neighborhoods. Another key component of Precinct One's public art includes honoring national and local social justice heroes, who paved the way for social changes and continue to lead us in our common struggle toward equality.

Together We Grow Song of the Drinking Gourds
Precinct One's Together We Grow mural located at the Hardy Community Center, 11901 W. Hardy Road, celebrates the area's agricultural history while recognizing the transportation and economic investments in the community. Mural by Reginald Adams. A mural by Houston's internationally known artist, the late John Biggers, is located at the Tom Bass Community Center, 15108 Cullen Blvd. Created in 1987, Song of the Drinking Gourds, greets residents as they enter the center.
Sacred Struggles/Vibrant Justice Mickey Leland Statue in Hermann Park
The Sacred Struggles/Vibrant Justice mural, located near 3115 Blodgett along the Columbia Tap Trail in Third Ward, pays tribute to eight of Houston's African American civil rights leaders who fought for fairness, equality and opportunity. This jewel-toned mural honors Reverend John D. Moore, Christia Adair, Heman Sweatt, the Honorable Hattie Mae White, Reverend William Lawson, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Congressman Mickey Leland and the former Houston City Councilwoman Ada Edwards. Mural by Reginald Adams.

The Mickey Leland Statue is located in Hermann Park, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., adjacent to Miller Outdoor Theater. The statue stands as a memorial to Congressman Mickey Leland and those who lost their lives in a plane crash during a humanitarian mission in Fugnido,Ethiopia in 1989. Statue by Ed Dwight.

Watch a video of the unveiling. Learn more about Mickey Leland.

Moving Monuments Alexander Deussen Park Sign by David Adickes
Harriet Tubman Moving Monuments Bus Moving Monuments is a public art project meant to reflect the shared ideals and values of Precinct One, and to elevate social justice heroes who broke down barriers, fought for equality, and led movements toward justice. Currently, the social justice heroes honored are: Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Dolores Huerta, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Reverend William Lawson, Congressman Mickey Leland, President Abraham Lincoln, Governor Ann Richards, Major Taylor and Harriet Tubman. Learn more about Moving Monuments. Visitors to Alexander Deussen Park are greeted by a functional piece of public art that was designed and created by Texas artist, David Adickes, who is known for his massive concrete artwork. Many of Mr. Adickes pieces, including the "We Love Houston" sign and several busts of U.S. Presidents, can be seen throughout Harris County. His most famous is the 687 foot-tall statue of Sam Houston that stands beside Texas Interstate 45.
Black Lives Matter Mural in Third Ward John Biggers Mural in Christia Adair Park

A Black Lives Matter mural by Houston native and Third Ward artist, Jonah Elijah was installed in front of Jack Yates High School as a 2021 Black History Month tribute to Houston native, George Floyd. Mr. Floyd's murderer by Minneapolis police in June 2020 sparked the racial reckoning that is spurring changes in our racially discriminatory and oppressive criminal legal system.

Christia Adair Park, located at 15107 Cullen Blvd, is home to another mural by Houston's Internationally known artist, the late John Biggers. Unfortunately, the mural was heavily damaged in August 2017 during Hurricane Harvey. Precinct One is currently investigating the restoration of this important and irreplaceable work of art.
Zero Hunger mural in Downtown Houston

Precinct One is home to Houston's largest mural, which covers 13,000 sq.ft. of the west side of the Hampton Inn in downtown 710 Crawford St..  Named Zero Hunger, the mural reminds us that the root cause of hunger is poverty. Through a collaborative effort between the United Nations World Hunger Program USA, the nonprofit, Street Art for Mankind, and the internationally known muralist, Dragon 76, the mural was completed in March 2021.

Watch the unveiling.