"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." ~Paul Cezanne

Active Imagination Zone

Our Active Imagination Zone is a popular area that inspires young artists by featuring hands-on art activities. Our non-profit partners create the art activity and then roll up their sleeves and help our little artists make masterpieces they can take home.

We are grateful for the support that our non-profit partners provide us. They help us further our mission and they enrich our community.

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Active Imagination Zone Activities
Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2022

The Women's Fund

- Positive Petals

  • Patrons create Positivity Flowers; they are pre-cut multi-colored flowers. Patrons will add petals to attach and then single hole punch and tie a string onto. Patrons will write something positive and or something they like about themselves on each petal.

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Fun In The Park with Impressionist Landscapes

  • Patrons will create Impressionist style art using watercolor paper, markers and spray bottles filled with water as a finishing touch.

  • Through making this type of art, patrons will learn that Impressionism is not an exact replica of what an artist sees, but rather emphasizes the blending of colors and stroke to give an impression of an image or scene. By misting their creations with water filled spray bottles upon completion of their masterpiece, they will see the blended effect that evokes the emotion or feeling an artist portrays of their subject.

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- Screen Printing & Artist Trading Cards

  • Danny Russo, a professional screen printing artist, introduces participants to a versatile printing process utilized by visual artists worldwide. This workshop can also reveal to students how math, science, and history are an integral part of the screen printing process – which is actually centuries old!

  • Make your own ATCs, miniature art trading cards, are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect them at events, either in person or online.  Each work of art is unique, signed by the artist, and the size of sports trading cards.  Make your own ATC and trade it for one already made and on display in our tent.

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Give Us Paws

- Paper Bag Puppy Project

  • Patrons will create and decorate paper bag puppies. Their imaginations can run wild with embellishing their paper bag puppies with custom ears, noses, eyes, and tails.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

- Mini Art Cars

  • The activity is a mini-art car building workshop. Each child will get a toy box car and all the embellishments and accessories they need to create their very own miniature art car. 

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Bonnie Blue - Caricature Artist

  • Folk artist, Art Car Artist, Portrait Artist; Bonnie Blue has done it all. She has made her career as a successful, fun, exotic, funky, one-of-a-kind artist. 95% of all the art materials she uses in her works are recycled.

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Houston Contemporary Dance Company

  • Houston Contemporary 2 (HC2) is a concert based, non competitive, pre-professional dance company focused on training and performance. Dancers will be exposed to multiple styles of dance education in preparation for a future career in dance. The teaching staff and outside choreographers have many years of experience with pre-professional youth ensuring their well-rounded contemporary dance education and assisting students with college admissions and/or other professional dance opportunities.


  • The youth company will have the opportunity to perform throughout Houston during their season, including under the umbrella of the professional Houston Contemporary Dance Company, a 501(c)(3) sister organization to the Institute of Contemporary Dance.

Jenner Lang - Giant Bubbles

  • Jennifer Lang is a multifaceted artist in Houston, TX whose life and art revolve around the mantra to keep playing.

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Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2022 Nonprofit Partners

Over the past 50 years, Art Colony Association, Inc., producer of the Bayou City Art Festival, has raised over 3.6 million dollars in support of local nonprofit organizations.

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Thank you, Fresh Arts, for your continued support and providing another year of Artist Relief to our incredibly talented artists.