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Who We Are

Today, the Art Car Parade is the highlight of a three-day celebration of the drive to create, Art Car Weekend.
  • The parade attracts 250+ vehicles and other entries from 23 states along with Canada and Mexico
  • A live audience of some 250,000+ spectators
  • Parade entries include anything on wheels from 
    • unicycles to
    • lawnmowers to
    • cars and go-carts
  • Entries are as likely to be made by members of the general public as by recognized artists
Community groups, public and private schools, and professional organizations have become regular participants. Inspired by what they see, spectators create art cars of their own and often become future participants. And as the parade grows, attracting more and more participants, the complexity and quality of the entries increases.

What We Do

In 1980, Houston arts patron and business leader Marilyn Oshman formed a non-profit foundation to preserve the then fragile and deteriorating Orange Show Monument. She reached out to 21 well-known members of the comunity representing a diverse cross-section of Houston - Dominique de Menil, Nina Cullen, members of ZZ Top, and others - to assist in the purchase and restoration of the site. In 1982, the Orange Show Monument opened back up to the public and the newly hired staff began to integrate the Oange Show Center for Visionary Art into Houston's cultural life through a wide variety of programs.

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