ArtBridge staff & students
The portraits on this door were painted by the children of ArtBridge at Southside Community Center. These are the faces of helpful and loving people who have “opened doors” for the children and positively influenced their lives.
The mission of ArtBridge is to provide high quality expressive arts programs for Houston-area homeless children within a supportive and creative environment. ArtBridge encourages self-expression and nurtures imagination, hope, and self-esteem, while combating the despair of homelessness. ArtBridge was founded in 1999 by two art therapists who recognized a need to bring expressive arts to Houston-area homeless and at-risk children.
ArtBridge became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2004 and has grown to serve an attendance count of more than 5,800 children annually. Trained art facilitators assisted by volunteers share the joy of art making with children, adolescents and young adults in homeless shelters, transitional living centers, and psychiatric centers. Hour-long art making sessions are held in safe, structured spaces without judgment or expectation, while positive behaviors and the value of education are promoted.
This door has been produced in collaboration with Sister Cities of Houston, an organization that develops intercultural understanding and promotes international trade and commerce, economic development, and tourism. The Sister Cities concept was launched in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed linking American cities with cities in other countries to exchange people, ideas, and cultures. This location in the vibrant East Downtown (EaDo) district was chosen to celebrate Houston’s diverse and united community.