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Strengthening Houston Communities Through Public Art

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Public art reflects a community, gives it an identity and helps set it apart.  It can also create an elevated sense of awareness for visitors and elicit civic pride amongst its citizens.  With public art springing up all over Houston, we were curious to know the cultural, social, and economic value it adds to our communities.  Panelists Elia Quiles, Co-Founder, Up Art Studio, Theresa Escobedo, Civic Arts Program Manager, City of Houston, and Alison Weaver, Executive Director of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts engaged in a lively conversation about this incredible movement and how it invigorates public spaces.  Scenic Houston Board Member, Roger Soto, Design Principal with HOK, moderated the discussion.


Elia Quiles, Co-Founder, Up Art Studio

Theresa Escobedo, Civic Arts Program Manager, City of Houston

Alison Weaver, Executive Director, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University

Moderated by Roger Soto, Design Principal, HOK

The Key to Building a Healthier Houston Through Nature

October 13, 2021


Sheila Condon, PLA, ASLA, Principal / Owner – Co-Founder
Clark Condon

Jaime González, Healthy Cities Director
The Nature Conservancy in Texas

Jay Maddock, PhD, FAAHB, Co-Director of the Center for Health and Nature
A collaboration by Houston Methodist Hospital

A Stroll Through Memorial Park

August 31, 2021


Shellye Arnold, President & CEO of Memorial Park Conservancy
Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principle at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

MODERATED BY: Sarah Newbery, Director of Parks and Greenspace for the Kinder Foundation

Don’t Mess with Buffalo Bayou

March 23, 2021

Jim Blackburn, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., Rice University
Susan Chadwick, Executive Director,  Save Buffalo Bayou
Guy Hagstette, FAIA, Senior VP of Parks and Civic Projects, Kinder Foundation
David Ott, Development Partner, Hanover

MODERATED BY: Marlene Gafrick, Director of Planning, MetroNational and Scenic Houston Chair

How Houston Can Become a More Multi-Modal City


Jonathan Brinsden, CEO, Midway
David Fields, Chief Transportation Planner, City of Houston
Dr. Carol Lewis, Professor of Transportation Studies, Texas Southern University
Amar Mohite, Director, Planning and Infrastructure, Harris County Precinct 1

MODERATED BY: Bill Odle, President of TBG Partners and Vice Chair, Scenic Houston

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