Want to come back to Houston, yet?

As many of you may have noticed, Houston is a vibrant, exciting and imaginative place to live and visit. We promise that the weather is really nice October – April. For those who don’t mind the heat and wrinkle reducing humidity, the rest of the year is great, too.

The Houston Local Host Committee was charged with making sure you all learned about all of the wonderful things to see, do and eat in Houston. I think we may have gone overboard. Many of you have commented that you can’t squeeze in all of the things that you want to do and attend the conference.

Want to come back yet? Maybe even you might want to extend your stay? What? Don’t have Memorial Day Weekend plans, yet?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need help editing through all the awesomeness. I am huge fan of lists. Lists created because someone else has done all the fancy footwork for me!

To help you plan your visit, either now or later, there are a ton of great websites listed on right side of the aamhouston.org site hosted by the Greater Houston CVB!  The GHCVB site has tons of maps and features list after list of great ideas of what to do, eat, drink or buy in Houston. Speaking of maps and lists, CultureMap.com covers that and more with interactive mapping that talks to your smart gadgets.  You might also check into 29-95.com, Artshound.com, Do713, Houston Museum District, Fresh Arts Coalition and Spacetaker.org.

One of my favorite sites, because I am the Executive Director of one of the best contemporary arts spaces in Houston, Lawndale Art Center, is Glasstire: Texas Visual Arts Online. This site is a great way to learn about what is on view in galleries and museums in Houston and all around the state, plus features reviews, video interviews and blogs about all things cotemporary visual art in Texas. 

They have been creating some really fun top ten lists lately. And this week they ran one that contains some of my all time favorite things to experience in Houston. Carrie Schneider highlights locals who demonstrate creative reuse “to the max” in The Ten List: Houston Gleaners. Another all-time favorite that they ran was Grover’s Guide to Houston: Part I created by Andrea Grover, the fabulous founder of the Aurora Picture Show.

Take a look. Have fun. And come on back now, y’all hear?

–Christine West, Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center;
Co-chair of the AAM 2011 Hospitality Committee;
member of AAM 2011 Local Host Committee

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