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"While drawing I discover what I really want to say."  ~Dario Fo


The Art Colony Association Inc., (501)(c), provides unique art experiences and education for the greater Houston community by bringing diverse artists to Bayou City Art Festivals and supporting local non-profit organizations.


  • Local 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization.

  • Producer of the Downtown & Memorial Park Bayou City Art Festivals for over the 50 years.

  • Responsible for raising over 3.7 million dollars in support of local nonprofit organizations.

  • Annual Host for 10th annual Middle School Art Competition

  • Annual Host for Collegiate Art Collective

  • 6 Nonprofit partners selected annually by board members.

The Bayou City Art Festival is Houston’s iconic art festival showcasing the works of 300 artists in 19 different categories at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall.

Fun Facts

  • Originally the Westheimer Colony Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival.

  • Venue for more than 600 select artists annually to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world.

  • Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance. 

  • The outdoor festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees offering visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, buy one-of-a-kind art, enjoy food, music, and entertainment.