The Cultural PODS Program

Have you seen PODS® containers around town? Maybe you’ve noticed them in driveways or front lawns, perhaps when someone is moving or cleaning out their garage. PODS is a leader in the moving and storage industry, but I bet you never imagined a PODS® container could be part of an art exhibit, right? Well, that’s about to change!

The 2011 AAM Annual Meeting Houston Local Host Committee and its Public Arts & Programming Subcommittee partnered with PODS® Houston to produce the Cultural PODS Program, a unique temporary public art exhibition in Houston designed especially for AAM!

The Cultural PODS Program will feature eight PODS® containers on display at Discovery Green, the park right across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Utilizing the containers as palettes or platforms for creative expression, local artists and design teams of all disciplines will explore and reveal Houston’s aspirations as a significant 21st century cultural capital.

Participating artists include Aerosol Warfare, Box 13, Jillian Conrad, Gabriel Martinez, Lynne McCabe, Metalab, Anthony Shumate and The Joanna.

Following the AAM conference, the Cultural PODS Program will travel to various parks and neighborhoods throughout the greater Houston area, bringing the museums to the people.

AAM Attendees – We can’t wait for you to arrive in Houston so that you can see the exhibit! Leave us a comment about what you are most interested in seeing in the exhibition.

Houstonians – Mark your calendar and come out to Discovery Green while AAM is in town, May 21 – 26, to see the exhibit. Then, be on the look out for the Cultural PODS Program to come to your area. Let us know in the comment area below if you have any suggestions on community events coming up later this year or early next year that you think might be a good spot to exhibit the PODS® containers.

Houston Museums – We need your help to showcase Houston’s world-class museum community and the city’s role in our global economy!

The artists have been given a list with the themes below and have been asked to weave these into their installation. 

Themes are as follows:

  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Diversity/Tolerance
  • Health/Medicine
  • Technology/Space/Science
  • History/Tradition
  • Mobility/ Transportation
  • Energy/Sustainability/Natural Resources
  • Community/Education
  • Climate Change/Weather
  • Culture/Sports/Entertainment
  • Faith/Spirituality

Are you intrigued by a particular artist or project? Is there a theme or multiple themes that resonate with your museum? If so, we invite your museum to “adopt” a PODS® container. Your museum will then be a Museum PODS Partner, serving as an intellectual sponsor for the Cultural PODS Program for the duration of AAM and beyond. The affiliation comes at no cost to participating museums. It is in name and sprit only and is meant to signal the dedication of Houston’s museum to this city’s emerging artists. Multiple sponsorships are encouraged and will be listed on individual PODS labels and all printed materials accompanying the Cultural PODS Program. 

 If your museum is interested is adopting a PODS® container, please email by March 20, 2011.

 –Piper Faust, Houston Arts Alliance,
Cultural PODS Program project manager


3 responses to “The Cultural PODS Program

  1. If you’re in town early and want to meet some local artists, BOX 13 Artspace will be holding open studios on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 1-5PM. You’ll also have an opportunity to check out the Texas Biennial exhibition at BOX 13 (extended through May 21 to give AAM conference attendees in town on Saturday a chance to check out some work by local artists). We hope to see you at the box!

  2. Aerosol Warfare is extremely excited to be a part of this project! After you visit the BOX. Please join us for a special night of graffiti artwork by GONZO247 on Saturday May 21st, 2011 hours 5pm – 11pm.

    GONZO247 is a native Houstonian who was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit in 1984 as an artist. GONZO247’s list of achievements includes starting an artist collective Aerosol Warfare and opening Aerosol Warfare Gallery, producing a graffiti art video series, establishing a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city’s largest art production of its kind) and working with top brands on advertising campaigns that speak to urban communities.

  3. Pingback: Portable-On-Demand Art at Discovery Green | Houston Local

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