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Third Ward Veteran Appreciation Day

  • Emancipation Park 3018 Emancipation Avenue Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

Third Ward Veteran Appreciation Day

November 10, 2018 | 1 - 3 pm
Emancipation Park | 3018 Emancipation Avenue

In conjunction with the Houston Residency Artist Program, artist Phillip Pyle, II is honoring Veterans with the recreation of a 1944 wrestling match with a modern twist. Houston is home to one of the largest populations of military service members and families, highlighting why the Houston Office of Veteran Affairs chose Third Ward as the area for community engagement for this event.

Third Ward Veterans Appreciation Day (TWVAD) will begin with the first of three matches at 1:00 p.m. in Emancipation Park. Wrestling is provided by Doomsday Wrestling with music by Nameless Sound.

The event is loosely based on the 1944 war bond fundraiser held at the Houston City Auditorium, which featured Houston City Wrestling and the Houston Symphony. The event raised $400,000 for the cause.

This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, generously funded by Houston Endowment. Pyle’s residency with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about Third Ward Veteran Appreciation Day, please visit the Project Row Houses website.


Phillip Pyle, II is a visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer based in Houston, Texas whose primary interests are race, humor, advertising, sports and popular culture. Mining imagery from sources diverse as mass consumer culture, contemporary advertising, to ephemera, historical imagery, and hip-hop, Pyle introduces a complex vision that derives from a robust comedic foundation while also looking at the abstraction and transience of our values, and beliefs. 

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