Nuit Blanche Houston, a free night of art and entertainment
Imagine Houston animated at night, transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around Downtown, visitors walking under the stars. Nuit Blanche Houston will be a magical and memorable experience for all.
Festival Nuit Blanche is a highly acclaimed international contemporary art event inaugurated in Paris in 2002, and staged every year since. It has had iterations in major cities throughout the world such as Toronto, Montreal, Singapore, Melbourne, and Madrid. With site-specific performances, projections, and installations of light and sound in unexpected public spaces, the festival transforms the city into an artistic playground.
Project Director, Laura Matesco, a former associate of Paris' Nuit Blanche, along with volunteer program advisor Judy Nyquist, are working with institutional collaborators—Fresh Arts, Houston First, the City of Houston, and other local partners—to make Nuit Blanche Houston happen in Spring 2019. This unique celebration, free to the public, will engage both highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children.
We are very proud of our line-up of art installations, projections and family-friendly creative activities, including:
- JR (currently collaborating with Time magazine), with its project Inside Out;
- Hakima El Djoudi with a video installation inspired by old Hollywood movies;
- Yona Friedman, with a hoops installation that will be gradually invested and transformed by the public;
- Leandro Erlich with a site-specific installation for Houston City Hall, inspired by his previous work for the Dalston house.
Nuit Blanche is free to the public, utilizes existing public spaces and cultural assets, sparks interactions among community members and nurtures a positive image of Downtown Houston.
Support Nuit Blanche and help us in transforming Downtown Houston into an artistic playground for one special night.
With your support, we will be able to go even further into community engagement by:
- ensuring the free participation of 30,000 visitors;
- involving local artists for art performances;
- involving 1,000 kids from underserved schools of Greater Houston at no cost for the schools;
- organizing 10 spring break preparatory workshops in 10 Houston public libraries;
- presenting Yona Friedman's work in a 3-month exhibition at the Central Library.
We hope that you will choose to inspire and positively impact Houston community by supporting Nuit Blanche in its mission to educate, inspire and connect diverse audiences through a free art event!
Nuit Blanche Executive Director
Nuit Blanche volunteer program advisor