"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." ~Paul Cezanne

Active Imagination Zone

Our Active Imagination Zone is a popular area that inspires young artists by featuring hands-on art activities. Our non-profit partners create the art activity and then roll up their sleeves and help our little artists make masterpieces they can take home.

We are grateful for the support that our non-profit partners provide us. They help us further our mission and they enrich our community.

Active Imagination Zone Activities
Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2022

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The Women's Fund

- Stress Ball Art Project

  • The Women’s Fund serves at-risk adolescent girls and underserved women living in Houston and Harris County who have limited or no access to health education information and are at risk for a variety of health issues. Their art project, creating and designing your own unique stress ball, is designed to encourage your tiny artist to develop the tools they need to be advocates for their own health!

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Nature Scenes with Fibers and Textures

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents "Exploring Fibers and Textures and Creating a Nature Scene". This activity will guide you in looking outside your window and creating a scene from observation (or imagination) by taking inspiration from Trenton Doyle Hancock’s: Color Flash for Chat and Chew, Paris Texas in Seventy-Two.

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- Screen Printing & Artist Trading Cards

  • Danny Russo, a professional screen printing artist, introduces participants to a versatile printing process utilized by visual artists worldwide. This workshop can also reveal to students how math, science, and history are an integral part of the screen printing process – which is actually centuries old!

  • Make your own ATCs, miniature art trading cards, are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect them at events, either in person or online.  Each work of art is unique, signed by the artist, and the size of sports trading cards.  Make your own ATC and trade it for one already made and on display in our tent.

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Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

- Mini Art Cars & License Plates

  • The activity is a mini-art car building workshop. Each child will get a toy box car and all the embellishments and accessories they need to create their very own miniature art car. 

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Bonnie Blue - Caricature Artist

  • Folk artist, Art Car Artist, Portrait Artist; Bonnie Blue has done it all. She has made her career as a successful, fun, exotic, funky, one-of-a-kind artist. 95% of all the art materials she uses in her works are recycled.

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Monarch Chamber Players

  • Monarch Chamber Players is a collective of Houston-based professional musicians committed to taking classical chamber music out of the concert hall and into accessible community spaces. Founded in October 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monarch presents over 80 concerts annually. We bring our music directly to your neighborhood by performing at any venue you can think of, including parks, churches, farms, gas stations, traditional indoor venues, and our most popular stage, your own front porch!

  • Our concerts provide a space for friends, neighbors, and communities to connect with each other and with the musicians, as well as an informal setting to become more intimately familiar with classical music. Comprised of musicians who have performed around the world with top professional orchestras and hold degrees from music conservatories around the country, the musician roster consists of winds, strings, and percussion.

Jenner Lang - Giant Bubbles

  • Jennifer Lang is a multifaceted artist in Houston, TX whose life and art revolve around the mantra to keep playing.

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Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2022 Nonprofit Partners

Over the past 50 years, Art Colony Association, Inc., producer of the Bayou City Art Festival, has raised over 3.6 million dollars in support of local nonprofit organizations.

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Thank you, Fresh Arts, for your continued support and providing another year of Artist Relief to our incredibly talented artists.