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Third Ward

A's Third Ward

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14 minutes

.5 miles

From 2316 Elgin to 3815 Live Oak

 Artist Ayanna Jolivet McCloud takes a walk through the Third Ward where she grew up taking art classes and now runs her own experimental art space, labotanica, at 2316 Elgin, just beneath the historic El Dorado Ballroom. In Jolivet’s words “labotanica responds to the need to have super diverse, flexible, forward-thinking and community-driven platforms for the arts,” a relevant thought in the Third Ward as you pass by Project Row Houses, an internationally recognized model of art in community development. McCloud appreciates the Southern pace and tradition of porch sitting while making her way to S.H.A.P.E. Community Center where she grew up as a Summer program attendee and student in West African dance classes. Be sure to stop in for a delicious healthy meal or fresh smoothie at The Vegan Cafe inside S.H.A.P.E. Center.

Photography by Rose Kuo.

Ayanna Jolivet McCloud

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud is an artist and writer. Her arts practice which manifests itself in different forms draws attention to the unseen, imagined and forgotten. Born in Houston, Texas, she received a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, and also has curated exhibitions throughout the U.S. in Houston, Chicago, and Miami.


Rose Kuo

Tour Photographer

In her photography, Rose Kuo has always searched for the moments and places that make us intensely human, and therefore inherently vulnerable. Though she has made excursions to many countries, Houston remains at the heart of her work. As her hometown, Houston anchors her with its warmth, its good food, its open space-- and especially the vibrant life and green trees that are a well-kept secret. Hear Our Houston allows Rose to share this secret through her eyes.