My Top 5: arts organizer Emily Link

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Photo: Ian Richardson

Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Emily Link, artist, president of Box 13 ArtSpace, and Community Relations Coordinator at Lawndale Art Center.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Emily Link

  1. Ripe Cuisine Food Truck – Stephanie Hoban and her crew consistently create some of the most wonderful interpretations of dishes that are typically not veg-friendly. She’s a staple at the farmers markets, and now you can order before you get to their truck to make sure you don’t miss the dish you want to try. I’ll follow her wherever she goes! Literally.
  2. The Guild Shop – There are lots of noteworthy thrifting and resale spots in Houston, but the Guild Shop has a little bit of everything. Perfect for the best White Elephant Gift ever, but I’ve also found some of my favorite vintage threads and furniture pieces here, as well as some ugly ceramic figures for my ungodly collection.
  3. Axelrad – This place is a great escape from the usual bar scene with a sprawling pup-friendly patio, a balcony overlooking the skyline, a hammock grove, and pizza! Their beer selection is pretty stellar as well. I’m already a regular.
  4. Juicy in the Sky – This Heights juice bar is original to Houston and serves amazing fresh juices, smoothies, vegan sandwiches and sides. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them, and the Heart Throb is my personal favorite! I’d be there every day if my wallet would let me.
  5. Houston’s Art Community – The art community in Houston is hands-down, its greatest asset. The Museum District is a gem for sure, and there’s a bevy of alternative spaces in and around town that make exploring the city an adventure. I’ve been a fan of Lawndale Art Center, where I’ve worked for the past 6 years, since my first high school field trip. That visit erased the boundaries of what forms I thought art could take. Now I have the privilege to lead a “fledgling” alternative space in its 7th year, Box 13 ArtSpace in the East End. I’m biased for sure, but they both make for a great place to start!

About Emily Link

Emily Link was born in Syracuse, NY, and grew up north of Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA from the University of Houston in 2008, and has exhibited work both locally and nationally. Link currently works at Lawndale Art Center as Community Relations Coordinator in addition to her involvement with Box 13 ArtSpace as a Member Artist and President of the organization. Keep up with all of Emily’s latest endeavors on Instagram at @emaileelink.