City hall press release
A new mural by Houston artist David Maldonado will be unveiled at the renovated Port of Denver One Stop Center
August 11, 2022 — The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), in partnership with UP Art Studios, is pleased to announce the launch of a large-scale mural project by Houston artist David Maldonado.
Located in the newly renovated Port of Denver Multi-Service Center, the mural will be unveiled August 19, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., 6402 Market St. The unveiling will include appearances by Mayor Sylvester Turner, Councilwoman Karla Cisneros and local artist David Maldonado.
“Houston is a vibrant, diverse and culturally rich city and every neighborhood, park, area and street should reflect that,” Mayor Turner said. “It’s a wonderful example of how creative endeavors can connect local artists to the communities they come from. We are proud to see the character of Denver’s Port District, its history and its people, visualized on these walls and as a welcoming gesture for this installation of the city.
Developed with input from the Port of Denver community, Maldonado’s vision incorporates imagery that symbolizes and reflects the many different resources the one-stop center offers. The compositional narrative of the mural is one of tapestry and culture, using images from nature to represent regeneration, light and rebirth. The blue and white patterns are reminiscent of family kitchens across generations and near Buffalo Bayou. On the walls of the playground, the artist has created a mix of images of sports, education and outdoor leisure activities, including baseball, which is recognized for its positive impact on the youth of Denver Harbor.
“I designed a mural that is accessible and reflects the many opportunities the Port of Denver’s One-Stop Center and neighborhood provide,” Maldonado says. “I have family members who sometimes miss opportunities to access resources because of bullying or because they don’t know the language. This prompted the narrative of my mural to be one of tapestry and culture, where the centre’s story of inclusion and service is front and center.
Opened in 1994 and operated by the Houston Department of Health, the center provides educational and technological resources, access to healthy food, senior services, and more. For more information about the Center, visit https://www.houstontx.gov/health/Community/Denver.html.
The Port of Denver Multi-Service Center Art Commission was made possible at the request of Council Member Cisneros through the City of Houston. Civic arts program and sponsorship from the Houston Department of Health. Administered by MOCA’s Mayor’s Office in partnership with the Civic Art + Design (CAD) division of the Houston Arts Alliance, the Civic Art Program provides exciting opportunities for artists to develop permanent, site-specific works of art for Houston’s civic art collection with which Houstonians and visitors engage. in public spaces.
About the artist
David Maldonado was born in Monclova, Mexico in 1994. He is a bilingual visual artist and musician based in Houston. Her work is a contemporary interpretation of Mexican American traditions of folk art, storytelling, street culture, and the Mexican mural movement. He approaches public art as a shared space where people can bring and find a sense of identity. Maldonado hosted two community events to listen to Port of Denver residents, ensuring that the new work was relevant to the Port of Denver’s history, culture and identity.
Maldonado has been exhibiting his work professionally since 2016. He has developed a distinctive artistic style that combines patterns, textiles, graphic and organic elements. Recently, David has created more than a dozen artistic collaborations with major brands. He has produced nearly twenty public works, mainly murals – including two in 2021 with UP Art Studio.
About the town hall of cultural affairs town hall
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs guides the city’s cultural investments with policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and culture programs in the community, attract visitors, and leverage private investment. Learn more at www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.
About the Houston Arts Alliance
Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a grassroots arts and culture organization whose primary work is to implement the City of Houston’s vision, values, and goals for its arts grants and civic art investments. HAA also executes special, privately funded projects to meet the needs of the arts community, such as disaster preparedness, research on the state of the arts in Houston, and temporary public art projects that energize neighborhoods. To learn more about HAA, visit www.houstonartsalliance.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonArtsAlliance.