Houston Mom Transforms Old School Bus into Mobile Art Studio
During the height of the pandemic, a mother of four and owner of HTX Art, Veronica Cabrera-Moreno, found a unique way to provide a creative outlet for those in her diverse Houston, Texas community who have little to no access to art. With the help of her family, Cabrera-Moreno transformed an old school bus into a mobile art studio.
“Throughout the years I have painted, volunteered, and organized events for the community. Partnering with local restaurants and helping with existing programs using the arts to serve my neighbors,” said Cabrera-Moreno. “I wasn’t sure how we were going to fund and supply it, but we dove in. With the encouragement of a few friends, I began a GoFundMe and an Amazon Wishlist, and the donations rolled in. Soon, the bus had all the supplies needed to get started and I was even donated a portable sink.”
Since building her “Art Bus,” Cabrera-Moreno has provided free arts programs and given art supplies to children, delivered art kits to a local elderly and disabled facility, organized community efforts to decorate hundreds of bags for Meals on Wheels and much more.
“I have been able to do this with the support of different nonprofits who see the value in what I am doing and sponsor an 8-week program, a community event, or even an after-school program,” said Cabrera-Moreno, who is known for painting murals around her city. “It brings identity and a voice to many who are looking for ways to express themselves. I have seen art as a power to help children grow into confident leaders of tomorrow.”
Image source: Click 2 Houston, Instagram / @htxartroni