These are 8 places to unleash your creativity

HOUSTON – As one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houston is home to people from all walks of life.

With an abundance of diversity, Space City is a place where art thrives and artists can find community.

We’ve compiled a list of local and affordable art scenes for all kinds of creatives for you to check out.

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For all kinds of art, check out 14 Pews. 14 Pews is a non-profit organization serving Houston through visual arts, film and theater.

First established in 2010, 14 Pews has screened more than 800 independent films, documentaries, experimental films and shorts, according to its website. In addition, the 14 Pews have organized book readings, art exhibitions and have their own artist-in-residence program.

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As of this writing, movie screening tickets can be purchased online for $11.

“Such an intimate little place, definitely a hidden ‘gem’ for Houston,” said Google reviewer Corinna Hardy. “My husband and I were lucky enough to attend the last ‘Everybody’s Everything’ show for Lil’ Peep and it was a really special experience for us.”

Becker’s books

Becker’s books (Becker Books)
Becker’s books (Becker Books)
Becker’s books (Becker Books)

Bookworms are listening – Becker’s Books is an independent bookstore that has been a part of the Houston community since 1993. Located off the Loop on the Katy Freeway, the store is open Thursday through Saturday by appointment.

Becker’s Books is Houston’s oldest and largest independent bookstore, according to its website. The store sells exclusively used and antique books. Prices can range from $2 to $1000.

“Pick up a great beach read this summer at Houston’s largest family bookstore,” said owner Anne Dunphy Becker. “Run by mom, dad, son and grandkids, the treasures people expect to find are here in this old skool ‘stacks-style bookstore.'”

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Write for now Poetry Slam at AvantGarden

If you’re interested in writing or listening to poetry, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic is a weekly poetry show held every Wednesday night at AvantGarden. This event is open to everyone and highlights the original work of local Houston area poets. Tickets can be purchased online and range from $8-45, but are $5 for members.

Located in the heart of Montrose, AvantGarden is a multi-purpose venue that hosts weddings, comedy shows, music performances and more. The place also has a cocktail bar.

MFAH Cinema

For all those cinephiles, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston regularly hosts screenings of selected films.

Dating back to the MFAH’s first film screening in 1938, the museum has evolved over time to provide film options to the community. MFAH currently has two theater locations – the Brown Auditorium Theater at 1001 Bissonnet Street and the Lynn Wyatt Theater at 5500 Main Street. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office prior to the film screening, and in the MFAH lobby during regular business hours.

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All Access Art Market: Finn Hall

Looking to buy Houston art? Check out the All Access Arts Market. The All Access Arts Market is a monthly event in downtown Houston. Here, local artists display and sell their work for the community. You can also find dining and cocktail options at the Finn Hall location.

Each month has a different theme, some of which include Houston (713), tattoo art and neon. Tickets can be booked online for free.

James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

If you ever find yourself near Rice Village, you might want to check out the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University. This local public art piece is more than 10 years old and can also serve as a venue for musical performances.

“Skyspace will contribute to … all who visit here as a source of contemplation, interaction and wonder. Ideally, it will become a part of their everyday life—an everyday experience—because… art, rather than being confined, restricted, and diluted, should be about discovering the special and the sublime in our everyday lives,” Skyspace’s core mission of James Turrell Twilight Epiphany says.

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Every morning at sunrise and every evening at sunset, audiences can watch the light sequences, which last about 40 minutes each. Rice University recommends that viewers interested in watching the sequence of sunrises arrive one hour before sunrise.

If you are interested in visiting Skyspace, you can find the daily Houston sunrise and sunset times here.

Houston Center for Photography

For digital art lovers or aspiring photographers, the Houston Center for Photography can be a great place to expand your horizons and find inspiration. HCP has free art galleries open to the public that feature many Houston artists as well as artists from around the country. To check for upcoming exhibitions, you can go to the HCP website.

If you are interested in learning more about photography, HCP also offers courses. These classes range from summer day camps to portfolio reviews and private lessons. Classes can be booked and paid for online.

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Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts

The city also has resources for all craft lovers at the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. As a non-profit organization, HCCC has resources for the production, observation and study of crafts. Generally, “crafts” include things that are handmade using traditional craft media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or mixed media.

HCCC has craft shows, workshops and virtual chats available to the public. To see a list of all their upcoming events, you can visit their website.

What did we miss? Let us know if there’s a great place you’d add to this list that feeds that artist in you. We may include it in an update to this article.

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