Create a mobile cultural art space from a 40ft-shipping container. This will provide a self-sufficient multifunctional space where art is shared and showcased – as a gallery, a performance space and a venue for classes. This project will bring vibrant art to parts of the city are dispossessed of access to such spaces and material.
Create a whole new type of venue - one that is dynamic and mobile - becoming a destination at any location.
Standing out against the city landscape while at the same time camouflaging itself into it. In this sense, the whole actual structure becomes art – public and modern art.
Bring art, music, poetry and performance art to communities that do not have direct access to such materials
Teach classes in the community and employ other Houston artists to give back to the city.
“Don't forget to live in the moment and leave a smile at every stop.”
Tony Paraná | Founder
About the Artist
Tony Paraná is a Brazilian artist, professional musician, and capoeirista who has been actively involved in the Houston arts community since his arrival to the city in 2007.
Tony Paraná is a Brazilian artist, professional musician, and capoeirista (Capoeira practitioner) who has been actively involved in the Houston arts community since his arrival to the city in 2007. In 2010, Tony led a group of local artists into establishing a coalition with the goal of facilitating and supporting a platform for emerging artists. This coalition officially became the Montrose Art Society and has been effectively serving its mission of supporting local emerging artists over the last 6 years. In addition to this endeavor, Tony has also become an established local cultural educator, sharing and teaching Brazilian cultural art forms (e.g. Capoeira, Samba percussion) to youth of diverse backgrounds throughout the city. Through these experiences, Tony has become very aware of the need to establish platforms for creative arts and vibrant culture, not only for artists, but for the community as well. He is passionate about bridging the gaps in accessibility to the arts that can so often exist in big cities, such as Houston.
It is with this in mind that he has developed this multifaceted proposal: introducing a mobile art space to the city; presenting this new concept to the community with a culminating event in this new art space, with live interactive, cultural performances for the public and free art, music and poetry classes to the communit.