In 1980, Houston arts patron and business leader Marilyn Oshman formed a non-profit foundation to preserve the then fragile and deteriorating Orange Show Monument. She reached out to 21 well-known members of the comunity representing a diverse cross-section of Houston - Dominique de Menil, Nina Cullen, members of ZZ Top, and others - to assist in the purchase and restoration of the site. In 1982, the Orange Show Monument opened back up to the public and the newly hired staff began to integrate the Oange Show Center for Visionary Art into Houston's cultural life through a wide variety of programs. Now in its 38th year, the Orange Show Center or Visionary Art focuses on the ability to make basic elements of art tangible and accessible to the public. Through the acquisition in 2001 of the Beer Can House, another Houston landmark, as well as being the producer for the past 25 years of one of Houston's most beloved annual events, The Houston Art Car Parade, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art has become Houston's hub of folk art activity. In addition, the organization provides opportunities for at-risk youth to engage in enriching art projects such as mural painting and Art Car building; and also holds a series of cultural expeditions called Eyeopener Tours that explore amazing art environments throughout the city and beyond. In addition to the Orange Show Monument, the Beer Can House and the Houston Art Car Parade, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art opened Smither Park in September, 2016. Houston's first folk-art inspired green space, located on the same block as the Orange Show Monument. Smither Park exemplifies the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art's mission by utilizing local artists and individuals in the community to create a lasting, sustainable creative space that allows people from across Houston and beyond to be inspired and gain a greater understanding of visionary art.