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Art Colony Association
News Release
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Art Colony Association Awards $28,000 in Grants
to 2017 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Beneficiaries

Proceeds from the weekend's outdoor fine art festival benefits seven Houston charities

HOUSTON -The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), awarded $28,000 in grants to the seven beneficiaries from Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, which was held October 14 - 15, 2017.

"It is incredible to see everyone enjoy themselves at the festival and come together to help raise funds for local charities," said Bridget Anderson, Executive Director of Art Colony Association. "We are so proud of our non-profit partners and happy to support their mission in the Houston community."

Each non-profit provided volunteers and had the option to host an art station in the Children's Creative Zone. The seven non-profit partners that benefited from the 2017 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park included:

ACA has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall. For every festival, a new jury selects participating artists, some new and some returning. This creates a fresh and different festival year after year. Patrons have the opportunity to personally meet the artist, view original works, and purchase world class art. A percentage of proceeds from Bayou City Art Festival benefit its local non-profit partners. The festival features music, food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children's

Creative Zone and much more.

On Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 2018, ACA will celebrate 47 years of fine art and giving back as it spotlights more than 300 artists at Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park. Online tickets and discounted general admission tickets will be available soon. Local non-profit organizations interested in becoming a partner for the upcoming festival can submit an online application at beginning January 8, 2018. Deadline to submit is January 22, 2018.

For updates on social media, follow the official event hashtags #HouArtFest and #BCAF, like the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

About Bayou City Art Festival:

Now entering its 47th year, the Art Colony Association has raised $3.5 million for local non-profit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and non-profits. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit

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