Santa Fe, NM (May 11, 2022) —US-based arts and entertainment company Meow Wolf announced plans to open two new permanent exhibitions in Grapevine and Houston, Texas. Known for their immersive and interactive experiences aimed at transporting audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration, Meow Wolf’s latest projects are slated to open in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

The Grapevine exhibition will be located in Grapevine Mills and is slated to open in 2023. Located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Grapevine Mills is known for its experiences. The exhibit name will be announced at a later date.

The Houston exhibition will be located in the Fifth Ward of Houston and slated to open in 2024, with The Deal Co as development partners. A historical district with a long history of diverse communities dating back to the late 1800s, the Fifth Ward has been transformed into an arts and cultural destination in recent years, being designated a cultural district by the state of Texas in 2020.

“The Meow Wolf story universe is expanding, and Texas holds the keys to our next chapters,” said Jose Tolosa, CEO of Meow Wolf, “Opening a permanent exhibition in the largest and one of the most diverse states in the country has been on Meow Wolf’s radar for years, and we are excited to be formally underway. The opportunities this state has presented have already become the touchstones of a vibrant, arts-centric portal of imaginative creativity.”

“I am thrilled to welcome Meow Wolf to Grapevine!” said Mayor William D. Tate. “Our City is a premier destination for entertainment, and the interactive installation these artists will build at Grapevine Mills pairs perfectly with the high-quality restaurants, wineries, and family-friendly activities we have worked to place all over our fine city for decades.”

“We are very excited to be bringing Meow Wolf to the Dallas market, adding to our already compelling array of retail and entertainment offerings at Grapevine Mills,” said Mark Silvestri, President of Simon Development. “The world-class creative team at Meow Wolf and their unique vision will continue to raise the customer’s experience at the center for years to come.”

The company referred to these locations as “portals” opening up in Texas, a reference familiar to those who have visited their existing exhibitions and who have eagerly awaited the announcement of their next locations as part of their texasportals.com campaign. Meow Wolf cites a number of criteria that lead them to choose Texas, including diversity, with Houston ranked as the #1 most diverse city in America. The locations have been in the works for over two years, motivated by the large, diverse populations, the love of a mall experience leading them to Grapevine, and the emphasis on the arts in Houston. They plan to work with hundreds of artists, both local to Texas and from their headquarters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to create the next immersive experiences.

Meow Wolf is known for its inclusivity and support of historically marginalized communities, describing itself as a “social impact art project fueling a business and a business fueling a social impact art project.” The company’s mission is to inspire creativity in people’s lives through art, exploration, and play so that imagination will transform our worlds. 

Meow Wolf plans on working with local and emerging artists in the region and will begin actively recruiting artists and staff in the summer of 2022. The company encourages those interested in the hiring process to follow Meow Wolf channels: @meow__wolf on Instagram, @MeowWolf on Twitter and https://meowwolf.com/careers or to visit and sign up at texasportals.com.

The exhibitions in Grapevine and Houston will be Meow Wolf’s 4th and 5th permanent exhibitions. Meow Wolf marked a high growth year in 2021, opening two new permanent installations in addition to upgrading and reopening their original installation, House of Eternal Return, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Omega Mart opened in February in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Convergence Station opened in September in Denver, Colorado. Meow Wolf has now welcomed a total of over 3,000,000 visitors across the three locations and recently renewed its certification as a B-Corporatio

ABOUT MEOW WOLF

Recognized in Fast Company‘s 2022 and 2020 list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, Meow Wolf is a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company that creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The company’s first location in Santa Fe opened in 2016 and showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation, House Of Eternal Return, where two million visitors have now discovered a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art exhibits. In 2019, Meow Wolf expanded beyond Santa Fe and opened Kaleidoscape, the world’s first artist-driven ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Meow Wolf recently opened their second permanent installation, Omega Mart, at AREA15 in Las Vegas and their third permanent installation in Denver opened in September 2021, Convergence Station.  Meow Wolf is proud to be the only certified B-Corporation in the themed entertainment industry.

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