In 2019, the City of Sugar Land collaborated with community partners to create an outdoor and online exhibition celebrating its history and people. The project featured oral histories and fine art portraits taken by regional artist Karen Navarro.
This project adds to Sugar Land’s historical archive and celebrates those with compelling connection to the early history- and modern history of Sugar Land. The 30 participants have a particularly compelling connection to Sugar Land—perhaps they are a community leader, business leader, civic leader, long-standing resident or have a unique perspective of the history of the City.
The City is grateful to the Fort Bend Historical Commission, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation for their partnership, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their generous grant funding. Additional funding for the fiscal year 2019 Public Art Program originated from restricted revenue sources promoting economic development and tourism that cannot be used to support the general operations of the city funded by property taxes.
The outdoor exhibition remained in Sugar Land Town Square through early January 2020.
The City of Sugar Land does not endorse these individuals and private pursuits nor affiliations. Participants were recommended by the Fort Bend County Historical Commission, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and other community partners with the goal of acquiring a dynamic and diverse cross-section of the Sugar Land community both historic and modern.