Doug Parker returns to the board after a move back to Houston from Los Angeles. A native Houstonian, Parker has long-standing roots in Houston’s nonprofit, arts, and business communities including DiverseWorks ArtSpace, SEARCH Homeless Services, Upper Kirby District Levy Park Foundation, East End Foundation, and the Urban Land Institute. He is co-founder of Elevate Marketing Advisors, providing branding, planning, and strategic marketing and business development services for professional services firms. Parker is a Fellow and past National President of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Prior to launching his firm, he was CMO/COO for BoyarMiller, a mid-sized Houston business and litigation law firm. He holds a BA double major in Communications and Psychology from Houston Baptist University.
On October 14-15, 2023, Bayou City Art Festival will celebrate more than 50 years of providing unique art experiences and education for the greater Houston area by bringing diverse artists to Bayou City Art Festivals while supporting local organizations and promoting the impact that art has on the Houston community. As the nation’s premier fall outdoor art festival in the U.S., Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will provide guests with the opportunity to meet 300 artists, view original works, and purchase one-of-a-kind art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, functional art, and more. The festival features two entertainment stages, a food truck park, a craft beer and wine garden, additional live entertainment and beverage stations throughout the festival, an Active Imagination Zone, a VIP Hospitality Lounge, Chef’s Culinary Arts Stage, and much more.
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About Bayou City Art Festival:
Since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, the Art Colony Association, Inc. has raised more than $3.6 million for local nonprofit programs from the proceeds of its festivals. Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Bayou City Art Festival is ranked among the best in “Fine Art and Design” by Sunshine Artists Magazine. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.
Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.