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PRIMARY SESSION VENUE LOCATION DETAILS

Primary sessions of the Convening will occur throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday, and take place across three venues: Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, DiverseWorks, Gallery @ MATCH, and Houston Community College. Other programs, including a Pre-Convening Program, Off-Site Tours, and Evening Events, will take place in other locations throughout Houston.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM)
3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004    

Houston Community College - Central Campus
1300 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004

DiverseWorks, Gallery @ MATCH 
3400 Main St #292, Houston, TX 77002
 

Accommodations

Staying in Houston

Midtown Houston has a number of options for your overnight stays at range of budgets and nearby the primary Convening venues. Given the range of options, and the inclusion of places like Sonder and AirBnB, which are subject to a hotel occupancy tax that feeds local arts initiatives, Common Field has opted to share a list of recommendations rather than securing a hotel block rate. We’ve visited or stayed in many of these recommended sites and have more details to share; get in touch with Maude at convening@commonfield.org if you have any questions about these accommodations.

Recommended Accommodations:

Other Accommodations:

For those who are finding other accommodations, we can also recommend neighborhoods that are either nearby primary session venues or that are well-served by public transportation, including:

-Third Ward: buses connect directly from this residential neighborhood and home of Project Row Houses

-Montrose: bus connections from this museum- and gallery-rich neighborhood, which includes the Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, and Houston Center for Photography, among others

-East End: a little further out, but still connected by bus and rail, and the home of several artist-run spaces, including Box 13, Harrisburg Art Museum, and El Rincon, among others

-Near Northside: is an old part of Houston that is rich in layers of history, and the neighborhood is directly on the rail line.

 

Travel

Travel 

Houston is a major transportation hub with several options of mode of transit. It’s served by George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), which is a larger airport but further away from downtown, and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), a smaller and more central airport that serves some of the smaller airlines like Southwest. 

Amtrak Train Station Houston, TX is served by the Sunset Limited, which travels between Los Angeles and New Orleans, and also has connecting service from the Texas Eagle train, a north-south route that travels between San Antonio and Chicago. There are also Megabus and Greyhound bus stops in Houston for those doing regional travel. Many fast and affordable travel options are available to reach Houston. 

TO AND FROM GEORGE BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT (IAH) AND WILLIAM P. HOBBY AIRPORT (HOU)

Houston Airports has a webpage with a wealth of information to help guide your travel to and from both IAH and HOU. There is also an interactive map for IAH  that you can use while in the airport to help you navigate from your current location to the services, ground transportation, or gates that you’re seeking.

There are busses from IAH Terminal C and HOU airports to Downtown Houston, and other taxi options for ground transportation to and from where you are staying. 


What to Bring

In preparation for the Convening, please bring a water bottle and coffee / tea mug to reuse throughout the Convening. Coffee and tea will be available throughout both Friday and Saturday programs, and water is available at each venue.

While weather in Houston in the springtime is typically in the 70s, it can also be rainy and variable, so we recommend checking the forecasts and preparing accordingly. Regardless of weather, comfortable shoes are recommended for travel between spaces.
 

Local Transportation

METRO’s Train and Bus system is strongly recommended as your primary mode of transportation during your stay in Houston. Taxis and rideshare (Lyft, Uber) also operate in Houston. Car share services (Zipcar, Enterprise CarShare) and car rentals are also an option, which may be of interest to those who choose to stay further out from the city core. 


Public Transportation

Houston has an integrated public transit system, METRO, that includes bus service and light rail. Both modes of transit have nearby stops to our Convening venues. 

Common Field recommends that attendees obtain a METRO Q Fare Card or METRO Day Pass, depending on how many times a day you will travel. These cards can be purchased online and reloaded on light rail platforms and at kiosks on the back of the bus.

For METRO routes, schedules, and fare information, click here.

Fares for METRO Q Fare Card holders is $1.25 per trip, and for METRO Day Pass holders, is unlimited trips for $3 per day.
 

Driving

Carsharing companies active in Houston include Zipcar. All of the major car rental agencies also operate in Houston.

 

Accessibility

Access Needs

Common Field believes in creating a fully accessible space for all attendees. Please notify us your accessibility needs as you register for the Convening or email us at convening@commonfield.org. The earlier we know, the better we can prepare. Let us know if you need listening devices, ASL interpretation, scent-free space, wheelchair accessibility or any other aids that will help us to create a better gathering for everyone. If you find yourself in need of specific support during the conference, please share them with our front desk.

Gender Neutrality

As we get to know one another, instead of assuming someone’s gender by appearance or names, inquire respectfully about one’s preferred gender pronouns. Furthermore, attendees are encouraged to use gender neutral language in their presentations and discussions.

Gender inclusive bathrooms are located throughout the Convening locations.

Parent/Caregiver Inclusion

Although Common Field is not able to provide childcare at the Convening, parents and caregivers of babies who do not require additional carers are welcomed to bring their little ones. Please reach out to Maude at convening@commonfield.org if you have any questions about space for breastfeeding and changing, or other questions or concerns about parenting at the Convening. If questions arise during the Convening, please check in with staff at the registration and info table.