Downtown Houston is experiencing a renaissance. It is quickly becoming a place to live, work, and, more recently, play. There are over 100 restaurants and bars, 5 performance halls, 14 hotels, 2 new sports stadiums, 6 parks, a movie theater and much more. One area it lacks, however, is a museum.
For downtown Houston to really develop into a destination for residents and tourists alike, there have to be cultural activities that the entire family can enjoy. Right now, most of the entertainment is geared towards an evening crowd over the age of 21. For families, there isn\'t much to do. A museum would attract throngs of families and travelers and encourage them to stay longer, further boosting the downtown economy.
Museums are enriching institutions. They make us think and sometimes they reveal worlds we\'ve never seen before. They help us feel. Their insight teaches us the importance of compassion and understanding. Museums go beyond the normal day-to-day and sometimes show us unimaginable beauty and vision. They are the institutions that display the endeavors of society, present and past. And, finally, museums are just plain fun!
We need a museum in downtown Houston. Some ideas for the museum include: a museum devoted to the history of Houston and Texas; a museum devoted to Texas architecture and design with workshops and labs for architects, planners, and members of the community to hold meetings devoted to Houston
This effort is made by a group of individuals from the community dedicated to the progress of the arts and culture in downtown Houston.
The mayor of Houston, Bill White - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/mayor
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee - http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov
Councilwoman Carol Alvarado - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/council/i.htm
Houston City Council - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/council
Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau - http://www.houston-guide.com
Greater Houston Partnership - http://www.houston.org
Houston Downtown Alliance - http://www.downtownhouston.org
Houston Downtown Management District - http://www.downtowndistrict.org
Houston Theater District - http://www.houstontheaterdistrict.org
Texas Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division -
Museum of Fine Arts Houston -
Contemporary Arts Museum -
The Menil Collection -
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - http://www.crafthouston.org
Houston Center for Photography - http://www.hcponline.org
Lawndale Art Center - http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org
Art Car Museum -
Rice University School of Architecture - http://www.ricegallery.org
University of Houston School of Architecture/Design - http://www.arch.uh.edu/home/index.html
University of St. Thomas -
Texas Southern University -
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts -
Cultural Arts Council of Houston/ Harris County - http://www.cachh.org
The Heritage Society - http://www.heritagesociety.org
George Ranch Historical Park - http://www.georgeranch.org