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  • September 11, 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    at work on your behalf

    Museum Park Board Members have been working to address neighborhood concerns including the US 59 encampment health and safety issues, transmission line relocations, and Holocaust Museum's construction and repayment arrangements for 1300 Calumet.  In other news, Houston Southeast has approved funding for SWA (original design team for the Livable Centers Study) to provide a conceptual design for a pedestrian corridor as part of Our Museum Park LCS.  Details of all these efforts and upcoming events are below.

    Please note:  MPNA members, including Sandy Stevens, Kim Mickelson, Kathleen O'Reilly, Greg Quintero, and Ruth Ann Skaff, hold seats on the Museum Park Super Neighborhood Council to represent residents while working cooperatively with all stakeholders including the Museum District, Hermann Park Conservancy, Miller Outdoor Theatre, businesses, and health and faith institutions. In this way we give residents a stronger voice with which to speak to the city.

    July 13, 2017:  Museum Park Super Neighborhood met with representatives of Houston Southeast, Midtown Management District, HPD, Precinct 7 Constables, and others to discuss health and safety concerns stemming from US 59 encampment. The focus of the meeting was to explore ways to coordinate efforts among the various law enforcement organizations to provide 24/7 patrols around the encampment. Please see notes from that meeting for additional details, HouSE.MPSN Meeting Notes.  MPNA has worked closely with MPSN to achieve around-the- clock patrols near US 59, MPNA Request.

    July 21, 2017: MPSN notified by the Planning Department of variance request being made by Holocaust Museum Houston.  MPSN requested that Planning Commission hearing be postponed as required signage had not been posted, and requested meeting with HMH, Clayton Library, and CoH leadership to understand variance and other issues (see August 1).  The variance hearing was deferred to August 24.

    July 24, 2017:  Health and Safety Ad Hoc Committee met to discuss ways to address encampment issues under US 59.  Several action items emerged from the meeting:  making independent petition available for signatures at the August MPNA meeting; setting dates to call council members and later appear before city council as a block of concerned citizens.  Specific requests to the city including additional patrols, enforcement of drug laws, fencing of area beneath US 59, and additional lighting were proposed.  Committee will reconvene to finalize plans and set timeline post Harvey.     

    July 25, 2017:  MPNA was contacted by a concerned resident regarding relocation of Center Point high voltage transmission lines from current location behind homes to visible street location along Blodgett. MPNA negotiated a different, and less expensive option with CP, so lines will be raised, but remain in their currently less intrusive locations.

    Please contact us if you see a sign, an activity, a development, or receive a notice that you are concerned about....neighborhoods have a say in how they develop.  Together we can make a difference!

    August 1, 2017:  MPSN met with Holocaust Museum Houston design team to discuss construction and expansion of the Holocaust Museum and its interaction with the neighborhood.  Please see notes, MPSN.HMH Meeting Notes, for details.

    Of particular concern is the HMH agreement with the City of Houston regarding the abandonment of Calumet in 2009 and the payment terms approved by city council in 2016. MPSN/MPNA are asking the city to reconsider this agreement in order to align with Your Museum Park Livable Centers Study.  Please see documents regarding these changes including MPNA letter of support.

    HMH Campus6.21.17.jpg

    HPL_Holocaust_Museum_-_Clayton_Museum_RCA.pdf, 

    August 16, 2017:  MPSN representatives met with HouSE Management District Transportation committee to request funding for a conceptual design to be implemented by SWA for pedestrian corridor along Caroline and adjacent to Holocaust Museum Houston.  HouSE and MPSN are working to propose alternatives to the current compensation effort approved by the City of Houston for the purchase of the 1300 block of Calumet.  Transportation Committee and subsequently HouSE Board approved the request. 

    August 22, 2017: US District Court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of City of Houston 'no camping' ordinance, in response to complaint filed by ACLU in May. Courts were closed by Harvey; we will continue to monitor and post updates.  TRO

    August 24: Planning Commission approved Holocaust Museum variance request with several changes to accommodate most of Museum Park concerns. The HMH repayment for Calumet, a different issue, is still under discussion.

    September 10:  Membership Committee will hold a meeting to make plans for member outreach.  To join the committee email Barbara McGuffey at membership@museumparkna.org

    October 3: National Night Out will be held 6:00-800 p.m. at Southmore@Crawford.  This annual event will give you the opportunity to not only get to know your neighbors better, but also to thank Houston's first responders who have worked so tirelessly since the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Harvey.  Volunteers are needed to make this event a success.  Please contact Cindy Woods at community@museumparkna.org


    October 4: Next General Meeting MPNA. Details to follow.
  • August 23, 2017 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Temporary Restraining Order issued by U.S. District Court, August 22, regarding encampment ordinance is attached below.


    tro1.pdf

  • August 22, 2017 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a peek at the new draft Master Plan summary for the strategic direction of Hermann Park for the next 20 years!  The details will be developed for the individual projects over time – so the visuals included in the plan are to indicate the goals for certain areas – and is not a literal design at this point.  The specific details of how each area will look will develop over time. 

  • August 08, 2017 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Houston Health Department has ordered a cleaning of the area under US 59 between Caroline and Almeda on August 10.  According to the post, the clean-up aims to abate conditions that contribute to disease, including human waste, mosquitoes, flies, and trash.

    Thanks goes to everyone: city officials, including the Mayor and the Office for Homeless Initiatives; Midtown Management District, who will spearhead the effort; HPD and the Homeless Outreach Team; the Coalition for the Homeless; and most importantly the residents of Museum Park, who continue to lobby for measures to address the untenable conditions of the encampment and the accompanying issues within the neighborhood.

    MPNA and MPSN have worked to give a unified voice to our common concerns before city council, in countless meetings, emails, and phone conversations, and by hosting public meetings with city officials, and will continue to do so. 

    Thanks to all for your efforts to make Museum Park a healthy neighborhood.

  • July 10, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bayou Trails is excited to announce that the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Hermann, MacGregor and Mason Parks have been finalized, published, and are now open to submissions from artists, arts professionals and/or organizations living in Houston!  Deadline for submissions is August 3, 2017

    As Bayou Trails enters this new phase, we encourage you to spread the word about the RFP process and to engage those around you in conversation about the community-driven vision alive in your park as well as the collective, connective goals that span the Bayou Trails footprint.

    You can read the three Bayou Trails RFPs on https://ourbayoutrails.com/. If you have questions about them, the submission protocol, or the project at large, please contact:  https://ourbayoutrails.com/contact/.

    Thank you for your dedication to this important initiative! 

  • July 06, 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please use the attached guide to report health and safety issues impacting you and/or Museum Park.  Copy or email your reports to the Museum Park Neighborhood Association at healthandsafety@museumparkna.org. We will forward the collected reports to city officials as we work on behalf of the neighborhood to ensure our health and safety. 



  • June 30, 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Houston Museum District

    Museum Experience Zone 3          Saturday, July 29, 2017

     

    Summer’s Museum Experience, returns July 29, showcasing a trio of district museums within an easily walkable three-block footprint. The featured museums of Zone 3; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), The Jung Center, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) invite guests to view masterworks, make personalized art, and interact with site-specific installations.

     

    In addition to free general admission in Zone 3 all day, families may participate in a variety of art making activities for all ages, practice Laughter Yoga, and plan for lunch with food trucks stationed at CAMH and the MFAH South Lawn. Relax in the Cullen Sculpture Garden and seek cool sanctuary at community partner site, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

     

    All district museums are open during regular hours with Museum Experience programs from 10 am to 4 pm. METRO light rail has several dedicated stops in the district; park once and ride, walk or use b-cycle stations located throughout the district and Hermann Park. Go to www.mfah.org/parking for parking and transportation options.

     

    Post event photos through Houston Museum District’s FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram social media feeds using #houmuse and #museumexperience.

     

    ZONE 3 Programming – Saturday, July 29, 2017

     

    CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON #CAMH and @camhouston

    5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas

     

    10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Cool off at CAMH by experiencing two immersive exhibitions: Atlas, Plural, Monumental, featuring interactive artworks and the colorful, imaginative A Better Yesterday.

    11:00 am – 3:00 pm:  Contribute to a collaborative paper and tape environment inspired by the imaginative worlds and alternate realities created in A Better Yesterday. 

    Experience Typewriter Rodeo, a quartet of poem-makers from Austin who create custom, on-the-spot poems on any topic you choose using vintage manual typewriters. Carry away a one-of-a-kind typed memento of your day at the museum! The Moon Rooster taco truck and Froeschl’s Ice Cream will be on site to satisfy lunchtime cravings.

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Pick up an Art Guide, take a FAQ Team-led tour, make an original work of art using whatever is in your pocket, and contribute a poster, love note, or want ad to the public monument The Commons! Engage with Public Trust, a participatory artwork by artist Paul Ramírez Jonas that asks visitors to examine the value of their word by declaring a promise.

     

    THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON #JungHouston

    5200 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas

     

    10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Come to The Jung Center and find out how creating art can bring calm and focus to everyday life. Explore the abstract art of Zentangle® at an ongoing mini-workshop.

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Sift through hundreds of images to create a keepsake collage the reflects your unique personality.

    12:30 pm - 1 pm: Learn to use journaling as a tool for insight and clarity.

    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Outwit stress with Laughter Yoga.

     

     

    THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON #MFAH

    1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX

     

    10:00 am – 7:00 pm: Visitors enjoy free general admission as well as the opportunity to see three ticketed exhibitions currently on view. Go to mfah.org/tickets/ for advance tickets to Ron Mueck, Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish, and Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950.

     

    11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Law Building: Families can plan their visit to the MFAH in the Kinder Foundation Education Center, a staffed library with books suitable for all ages.

     

    2:00 pm, Beck Building: Take a free guided tour that highlights the diverse array of art in the museum’s permanent collection.

     

    3:00 pm, Beck Building:  Join a free tour of award-winning photographs by Fazel Sheikh, whose work focuses on communities in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.

     

    ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    5501 Main Street, Houston, Texas

     

    Open House, 10 am to 4 pm: Docent-led and self-guided tours of this historical sanctuary; named one of the ’50 Best – or Iconic – Buildings’ in Houston by the Houston Chronicle. Visit the green at any time to walk the Bankston Green Labyrinth, featured in Houstonia magazine as one of the ’50 best ways to stay calm and cool’ in Houston.

     




  • June 27, 2017 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Java Lava is a new coffee shop and restaurant opening in Museum Park at 1201 Southmore Boulevard at the corner of San Jacinto.

    Java Lava’s coffee is sourced from their own organic farm, grown in the rich volcanic soils of Hawaii’s cloud forests. The building design itself is intended to fit elegantly and serenely into the fabric of the neighborhood, in the lovely shade of stately and fragrant crepe myrtles. 

    Java Lava has already agreed with Houston BCycle to host a much needed, centrally located BCycle station in Museum Park.  Their ready and generous willingness to host this important bike connection is a benefit to all who live, work, or play in Museum Park.  

  • June 20, 2017 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recently awarded Museum Park: Planning for a Model Urban District, Honorable Mention for the Livable Centers Study completed last year.  Thanks to SWA, the Museum Park Super Neighborhood, Southeast Management District, the City of Houston, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, and our Museum Park partners in this remarkable achievement.  We look forward as the concept designs included in the LCS are implemented.


  • May 18, 2017 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our neighbors at MFAH:

     

    First, I would like to thank you for your ongoing patience as the MFAH moves ahead with the expansion and transformation of our main campus through the addition of three new buildings, underground parking garages and a new public plaza. I am writing with an update and information about the next step in this process: a shift in parking locations and procedures.

     

    Beginning next, Monday, May 22, the newly constructed Montrose Parking Garage opens to the public. On this same day, the outdoor South Lot, across Bissonnet from the Law Building, permanently closes to allow excavation and construction to begin on the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, scheduled to open  in late 2019. As a result, on-campus parking for the MFAH and the Glassell School of Art shifts to garage-only paid parking at the Museum’s two garages: the existing Fannin Parking Garage on Binz Street, and the new Montrose Parking Garage on Montrose Street.

     

    For details about rates, hours, procedures, and limited-mobility access for both the Fannin and Montrose garages, visit mfah.org/parking to see the latest information.

     

    If you have questions about parking, or if you need any help understanding the new procedures, please contact Andrew Spies, who has been designated as the parking manager at 713-639-7821.

     

    If you have any questions or concerns about the expansion project, please call 713-830-5280.


    Willard Holmes

    Chief Operating Officer

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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