Taller de Permiso

Las Imaginistas

Funding Received: 2017
Brownsville, TX
Funding Period: 2 years

To improve their community’s economic outcomes, three artists in Brownsville, TX will launch a series of workshops and a supporting media campaign to help demystify and reimagine the municipal permitting processes in the Buena Vida neighborhood. This neighborhood is ripe for local entrepreneurs, small businesses,  and other economic development, but the city’s bureaucracy is currently seen as impeding progress.

The Buena Vida Neighborhood in Brownsville, TX exists less  than a quarter mile from the Mexican-American border.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Mar 17, 2020
THREE ARTIST-ACTIVISTS HELP A NEIGHBORHOOD DREAM ABOUT, AND DEVELOP, ITS ECONOMIC FUTURE Las Imaginistas clarify the permitting process to help microbusinesses start and grow, and... Read More
Oct 15, 2019
Las Imaginistas is the kind of collective I dream of — rooted in community, non-hierarchical, daring in the challenges it is willing to take on... Read More
Oct 14, 2019
One of the poorest cities in the country is in South Texas, adjacent to the Mexico border. In Brownsville, the average annual household income is... Read More
Dec 18, 2017
Three Brownsville artists and educators will receive $350,000 in funding from ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund. Las Imaginistas/Taller de Permiso is one of... Read More
Christina Patino Houle, co-founder and Chief Architect for Las Imaginistas tells us that COVID-19 has taken people's lives and livelihoods in her community. The messaging...Read more
Taller de Permiso is an activist and community led arts space and campaign which seeks to decode, re-imagine and make easier the permitting processes in...Read more
Socially engaged art collective Las Imaginistas works along the US-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. Read a few highlights from our interview with two of their...Read more
Even if you can’t make it to the CPL Summit West—taking place in Albuquerque on February 7, 8, and 9—there are several great ways to...Read more
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To celebrate we asked some of...Read more
The Buena Vida neighborhood of Brownsville, Texas is one of the oldest and most culturally vibrant of the southernmost edge of the US/ Mexico border...Read more
Today, we are proud to announce the 23 creative placemaking projects that will receive funding in communities of all sizes across 18 states and one...Read more