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bend//break space

Bend//Break Space is 3 of Cups' future brick & mortar space that will be specifically geared toward facilitating and supporting contemporary and experimental work and programming for Houston-based Queer and BIPOC artists. We envision it providing a flexible gallery space, a co-working space with free wifi, paid internships, professional education and training for aspiring artists and arts administrators, hosting community events and dinners, and operating as a headquarters for 3 of Cups. 


Bend//Break Space will also serve to pilot many of the plans that 3 of Cups wants to expand into Lavender House, a future cultural home for Houston’s Queer community.


It is our plan to expand our future pilot space, Bend//Break, to evolve into Lavender House: a Queer community cultural home in Houston, TX that creates space and administers programming in the pursuit of creating stability for the visual and performing arts, written word, and other creative practices.


In addition to this, Lavender House will host programs in collaboration with other community organizations that give access to services like emergency housing, access to community resources like counseling, addiction treatment and services, and free STI/HIV testing.


Qollective, established in 2018, was first a collective of artists nomadically and collaboratively searching for space to show their works in the city of Houston.  Founding members of Qollective are Aveda Adara, Sebastian Gomez de la Torre, Frank Hernandez, Larry Johnson, Philip Karjeker, Hugo Perez, and Jesse Treviño.


Qollective joins 3 of Cups as a program in 2021, and is progressively moving toward a future as a sliding scale arts co-op that supports Houston-based Queer artists and creatives by providing a dedicated exhibition space and curatorial opportunities.

Our Dreams for Qollective include fellowships, local short term residencies, a nationwide city-to-city artist exchange with other programs like ours, and an international residency for queer artists at risk in their home countries.

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