Big Walls Big Dreams

May 2021

Welcome to the vibrant Big Walls Big Dreams REFRESH HOUSTON mural-painting festival. This May in Houston, a group of curated artists will simultaneously paint 20+ large-scale murals inspired by big dreams of better times ahead.


May 2021 | View schedule


UP Art Studio
, Festival Curator


Johnnie Blonde


Full MapEast End Crawl
East Route | West Route

Be the first to see the murals being finished, the weekend of May 28–30 using our suggested self-guided tour routes. Make a fun (and safe) day of it with a visit to a park, trail, outdoor restaurant, or other attractions in the mural neighborhoods.

Or, visit the murals in progress any time during the week (starting May 14) to watch creatives at work. Dates and times will vary – check @bigwallsbigdreams on Instagram for live updates.

Houston B-cycle is providing free bikes and 30 minute rides all week for festival-goers, with code BIGWALLS.

Premier Sponsor

Just in time for a Texas summer, Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch whisky, has introduced Johnnie Blonde exclusively to Houston. A surprising taste of sunshine that will excite Scotch lovers and anyone looking for something new, Johnnie Blonde is one of the most versatile whiskies the team at Johnnie Walker has ever made. Together, Johnnie Blonde and UP Art Studio are introducing the Big Walls Big Dreams Festival to the city of Houston, refreshing public art in Houston neighborhoods. The cultural event welcomes the Houston community in celebrating large-scale murals painted by notable local and national artists. As the Big Walls Big Dreams premier sponsor, Johnnie Blonde will also support the East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC), a non-profit organization dedicated to refreshing and improving the quality of life in the East End Houston Cultural District through the development of arts and cultural programming, community safety, and beautification projects.


Big Dreamers

Day Dreamers


  • Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Houston Public Works
  • Houston Fire Department
  • Harris County Library System
  • Salvation Army
  • Bejjani & Associates
  • Riverside Real Estate Equities
  • Kobra Paint
  • Deal Properties
  • Arts District HOU
  • Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I
  • Council Member Karla Cisneros, District H
  • Vice Mayor Pro Tem, Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, District K
  • Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Precinct 2

Big Walls Big Dreams is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a non-profit arts service organization.