Zócalo AIR 2020 Semi-Finalist
Theresa Escobedo is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and project manager currently living and working in Houston.
Escobedo is currently the Director of Main Street Projects (now on hiatus), the Resident Curator at MECA, Project Manager for Arts District Houston, and co-founder and curator for MantecaHTX — a public online index of Latinx artists active in the Greater Houston area. Though these roles, Escobedo has curated, coordinated, and executed public programs and projects designed to activate public spaces and to offer artists the opportunity to impact neighborhood experiences through creative place-making and social inquiry.
It is with this dedication to her community that Escobedo continues to work as an independent creative, creating opportunities to support local artists and engage in community initiatives.
Creatively, her interests lie in exploring nuanced relationships between people, objects, time, and the spaces in which humans dwell. Often her work considers paradoxical juxtapositions between the built environment and nature. She is also frequently inspired by ideas of time and change, history and ancestry, and contemporary spiritual practices.
As a curator, Escobedo works to nurture the connections between artists, art, history, and community. As an artist, her foremost goal is to pursue ancestral connection through creative acts and to use my artistic practice for the pursuit of self-discovery.
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"My aggregated life experience has suggested that community can be an earnest and effective catalyst for positive human connection and for resonance between artists and their audiences. I’ve learned that a healthy sense of community begets feelings of connectedness, which in turn reinforces both an individual and a collective sense of well-being. This premise is foundational to all of my creative effort, whether it’s as an artist or as an arts organizer." - Theresa Escobedo