Monday, March 13, 2023 at 10:00 am–
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St., Houston, Texas, 77002 (Map)

Join HCCC during Spring Break week for hands-on making and other activities that encourage visitors ages three and up to explore craft and art making!

Although we are normally closed on Mondays, HCCC will be open all week for this event.

Each day of the week, from 10 AM – 1 PM, participants can experiment with different materials, tools, and techniques, through hands-on activities demonstrated by teaching artists and volunteers. This year, HCCC is partnering with Houston-area nonprofits to collaborate on two exciting projects! Discover how edible plants are used in craft with Urban Harvest, and learn all about knot-making from Houston Maritime Center!

Families are also invited to spend time in the galleries, sketching, looking at art, and talking with experienced docents. Visitors can explore the spring exhibitions, TG: Transitions in Kiln-Glass and Philippine-Made: The Work of Matt Manalo, as well as our resident artist studios, to gain insight into the inspirations and artistic processes of working artists.  HCCC Spring Break is free and open to the public.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES (Available from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day)

Monday, March 13:  Wet-Felted Bracelets

Tuesday, March 14: Jute Baskets with Urban Harvest

Wednesday, March 15: All about Knots with The Maritime Center

Thursday, March 16:  Painting with Natural Pigments

Friday, March 17:  Polymer-Clay Miniatures

Hands-on activities require about 25 minutes to be completed. Activities will take place outdoors (weather permitting) and are on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Families and children ages three and up are welcome to participate. Materials are provided, and teaching artists and volunteers provide step-by-step instruction.

Urban Harvest is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create thriving communities and increase access to fresh and local food. Their Community Gardens program provides resources and education to over 140 affiliate gardens, supporting communities in growing their own food and creating sustainable greenspaces. Their goal is to connect and support long-lasting gardens that will provide for their communities for years to come. HCCC’s Craft Garden is an affiliate garden with Urban Harvest.

Established in 2000, the Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum is a nonprofit organization educating the community on maritime history and industry.  The museum covers maritime history, from the ancient Greeks trading in the Mediterranean, to modern shipping across the globe. With exhibits from around the world and specialty exhibits covering Houston’s port and its history along Buffalo Bayou, visitors will leave with a complete understanding of how Houston fits into the larger global maritime world.