Cultural Trail Map
Note: This map indicates where the doors were exhibited in 2013. As temporary art installations, most have been removed. Doors are still exhibited at the French Consul’s residence, Altharetta Yeargin Museum, Houston Vietnam War Memorial, Lone Star College Tomball, and the Academy of Choice. More doors will be installed in Fall 2014, so keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates!
In 2013, French and Texan artists, with Houston-based educational and cultural institutions, have committed to collaborate in a unique, inclusive and interactive public art project. Starting January 2013, 60 imposing door panels have been created, installed and accessible to everybody in nineteen locations around the city of Houston. French and English musicians, dancers, storytellers, etc. will perform at each location. Opening receptions for the installations will feature speakers who will expand upon the ideals and goals of OPEN THE DOOR.
OPEN THE DOOR stems from the idea that every new experience we encounter, be it a new phase of life, learning about a new culture, or meet new people, can be represented by the image of a door. We can choose either to leave the door closed or open it and step across the threshold.
The Dream (From March 16th until December 2013)
1. Houston Public Library Plaza – 500 McKinney
The Houston Public Library Plaza is located in downtown Houston. HPL has transformed their plaza into a public space for city events and activities.
The Big Bang (From April 2013 until December 2013)
2. Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers – 6500 Rookin St.
One of the newest locations opened by Neighborhood Centers, Inc., the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center serves the Gulfton/Sharpstown area. The facility provides residents with youth programing and classes for all ages.
3. Hermann Park – Lykes Grove (by the Houston zoo)
Hermann Park is one of the city’s largest and best known public parks. It is located near the Museum District, the Medical Center, and Rice University on the corner of Main St. and Montrose Blvd. The park plays an integral role in Houston culture as it provides services to the people through its connection with the Houston Zoo, Houston Natural Science Museum, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and many other organizations and facilities.
4. Castillo Park – 1100 Quitman St.
Castillo Park sits in Houston’s Northside Village, just outside the downtown area. This primarily Hispanic neighborhood has been growing and transforming, building new community and economic resources that help residents.
5. Heights Blvd Park – 400 Heights Boulevard
Located in the historic Houston Heights area in Northwest-central Houston, the Heights Blvd Park spans from 100 to 1900 Heights Blvd. This park sits in the middle of an increasingly popular residential area known as a prime destination for creative types.
6. Memorial City Mal – 303 Memorial City Mall
This popular shopping center was built in Houston’s Memorial area in the 1960′s. Since its opening it has come to serve the Greater Houston area with over 145 shops and services.
7. Altharetta Yeargin Museum – 901 Yorkchester
8. Hong-Kong Market 5 – 11360 Bellaire Blvd. (Vietnam War Memorial)
This large, international grocery in Houston’s Chinatown provides a variety of ethnic foods to Southwest Houston.
9. French Consular Residence
Located in the Upper Kirby area, the Residence sits less than 5 miles from the French Consulate. The Consul General and Vice President of TFAA generously lent his home to one of the first doors created for the project.
10. River Oaks Park – 3600 Locke Ln
This park in the beautiful River Oaks area, connects to the River Oaks Community. River Oaks Park has a playground, a quarter mile hiking and bike trail, tennis courts, and a lighted sports field.
11. Midtown Park, 415 Gray St. (Between Bagby and Brazos) – November 2013
12. Texas Children’s Cancer Center – 6701 Fannin St.
13. Emancipation Park (corner of Elgin and Dowling)
Acquired by the City of Houston in 1916, Emancipation Park stands as a monument to the city’s history. It was established by the Colored People’s Festival and Emancipation Park Association to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the announcement of the emancipation of the slaves in Texas. Over time, the park has expanded to include tennis courts, a basketball court, a large combined softball/football field, a picnic area, exercise equipment, a playground, a swimming pool, and a community center.
14. Buffalo Bayou/Tinsley Park/ Jamail Skate Park – 103 Sabine St.
Buffalo Bayou is located between 1800-3600 Allen Parkway/Memorial Drive. Contained on its 124 acres are smaller park areas such as Tinsley Park and Jamail Skate Park. Tinsley Park is named after influential Houstonian Eleanor Tinsley who dedicated over 30 years to the city. Tinsley Park is home to the Shady Grove Plaza Crime Victims Memorial. Jamail Skate Park gets its name from the prominent Houston family who contributed the development of the park. The skate park overlooks Buffalo Bayou and hosts major skateboarding events.
15. City Hall’s Hermann Square, near City Hall entrance – 901 Bagby St.
City Hall Plaza is a public space overseen by the governance of the City of Houston. Located in front of City Hall on Bagby St., the plaza is served as location for public events, such as the annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration in early December, that foster a sense of community.
16. Lonestar College – University Park, 20515 State Highway 249 (building 13, floor #2, near the elevators)
17. Fotofest – 1113 Vine St.
18. Lone Star College Kingwood – 20000 Kingwood Dr, Kingwood
Located at 20000Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, Texas, this local college serves over 12,057 students. LSC-Kingwood is a unique and beautiful campus of red brick buildings and winding shaded paths. The college strives to encourage cultural development within the community and accomplishes this by exhibiting works of art throughout its campus. LSC-Kingwood goes even further in its efforts to encourage good citizenship through its Center of Civic Engagement.
The Power and the Change
19. Memorial Park (near the Tennis Center) – 1500 W Memorial Loop Dr.
Sitting on 1,466 acres of land, Memorial Park features running trails, tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness center, swimming pool, and biking trails. Additionally, this park serves as the home to one of the best municipal golf courses and the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. It is located just across from the Memorial neighborhood.