Twelve Years of Excellent Programs
Houston, you make it happen!

Join us as we celebrate the past 12 years of fun and educational programs. And be there for many exciting events to come. Take a look ahead at some of them below.

As an educational community organization, we invite your participation and we need your support to realize the greatest possible vision for Houston's future.

For additional information about HIFC Programs, please see its recent 10 Year Celebration coverage. Follow us on Twitter @HIFC.

Walk to Keep Houston Cool
October 18, 2014 at Rice University


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Houston Cool

   Facebook.com/HoustonCool

   Join on Facebook

   RSVP on Eventbrite

   Newsletter Signup

   #WalkToKeepHoustonCool

   #HoustonCool



LOOKING BACK
Houston Cool is the newest addition to HIFC's excellent series of youth programs. The environmental sciences program, Houston Cool, uses trees as a centerpiece for learning about math and science. Students explore the limitless benefits of trees, including cooler temperatures and cleaner air. The program aims to improve communities and engage citizens in planning green spaces and planting trees. A public health component, the free three or six mile Walk to Keep Houston Cool, invites students and adults to take part in healthy and educational activities, while raising awareness and support for the program.

LOOKING AHEAD
The first anniversary of the Walk to Keep Houston Cool will take place on October 18, 2014 at Rice University. The free walk, along with a major fundraiser at Discovery Green later in the fall will help us expand the Houston Cool program to serve more schools and communities across Houston.


 


SUPPORT
Individuals and teams are encouraged to join the Walk to Keep Houston Cool for free. However, sponsors and individual donor are welcome. Funding will be used to place paid college interns with math, science and urban planning backgrounds in area schools and community centers.



Celebrate Houston! / Citizenship Month
November 2014


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   HIFC Newsletter

   Citizenship Month

   Newsletter Signup

   #CelebrateHouston



LOOKING BACK
Beginning in 2009, Houston Institute for Culture has produced Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival to increase interest in local cultural arts. The mini festival's mission has been to celebrate Houston's diversity and build a positive future. With a goal to opporate like the Smithsonian FOlklife Festival, participants have experienced performances by prominent traditional artists, like blues musician Milton Hopkins and indigenous percussion group Huehuetl. Performers have included Norma Zenteno, Sister Sister, Pistoleros de Tejas, The Presidents, Umbrella Man and Karina Nistal. Many of the performances are enhanced with live interviews, such as music author Roger Wood interviewing Milton Hopkins on stage before his live performance, and workshops, such as Creole Accordion player and crafter Ed Poullard and Tejano accordion player Roberto Rodriguez discussing the common links found in the region's traditional music. Restaurants, unique vendors and local artists have participated in the festival. Several of the festival's unique activities have been a part of the Citizenship Month, the City of Houston's month-long celebration of diversity. To provide great educational events for Citizenship Month, we focus on historical texts, such as the oldest written history of the modern territory in th U.S., Cabeza de Vaca's La Relacion, as well as local authors and poets.

LOOKING AHEAD
As the flagship event of our outreach efforts for the Houston Museum of Culture, Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival is expected to return to its full impact in 2015. In November 2014, HIFC plans to provide a series of community events for Celebrate Houston! and the City of Houston's Citizenship Month.


 


   



SUPPORT
Celebrate Houston! and HIFC's role in Citizenship Month are supported by the City of Houston, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, among others. HIFC greatly appreciates the support of agencies and businesses for the presentation of related projects.


Carnival Connection / Conexion Carnaval
March 2015


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   HIFC Newsletter

   Newsletter Signup

   #CarnivalConnection



LOOKING BACK
Carnival Connection explores the customs and historic relationships between carnival traditions in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Gulf Coast. From Mardi Gras to the American midway carnival and other international spring traditions, Carnival Connection promotes cultural exchange, presentation of international arts and greater understanding of many social and religious traditions. The event has featured performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre, HCC Central's Heinen Theatre, and other parks and community centers. Film, documentary photography exhibits and demonstrations of traditional arts, like costume and mask making, have been presented at area universities, theatres and art spaces. The event has provided cultural exchange opportunities for academics and artists from the U.S and Caribbean nations. Experts have served on panels and presented lectures on many of the films and arts demonstrations. Carnival Connection provides extensive opportunities for Houston's international communities to attend the educational series of events and join the discussions.

LOOKING AHEAD
Over its four years, Carnival Connection has concentrated most on the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans. With HIFC's support for the film makers Ruben Duran and Donna Pinnick, the series will expand to focus on Haiti in the next couple of years, with the presentation of the film and panel discussions. Carnival Connection will continue to present live performances of cultural arts increase the sphere of carnival celebrating nations represented in the programs.


 




SUPPORT
Carnival Connection is supported by the City of Houston, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. Civic and non-profit organizations support program outreach. Texas political representatives and consular corps members are critical to the international exchange components of the program. Sponsors and individual donors make the presentation of key components at area universities and theatres possible.



Houston's Juneteenth Celebration
June 19, 2015


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

   Facebook.com/HoustonJuneteenth

   Video on YouTube

   Newsletter Signup

   #HoustonJune19



LOOKING BACK
Houston Institute for Culture has produced Houston's Juneteenth Celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre since 2006. Over 45,000 people have celebrated the most important historic event of the region, the abolition of slavery in Texas, while enjoying performances by the region's greatest musicians, from national award-winners and hall of fame members - including Allen Toussaint, C.J. Chenier and Joe Sample - to the most exciting up-and-coming artists - Trombone Short, Corey Ledet, and many more.

LOOKING AHEAD
In 2015, Houston Institute for Culture will produce a city-wide celebration for the 150 year anniversary of Juneteenth, the celebration that first started in Galveston and Houston in the days following the Civil War. Planned activities for the sesquicentennial event include a major concert, educational activities for students and increased visitor participation for parks, community centers and organizations across the city.


 




SUPPORT
A broad group of supporters is needed to present influential African American artists who are an important part of the American music legacy, like National Medal of Arts recipient Allen Toussaint, for the benefit of the entire city. In addition to city, state and federal grants, Houston's Juneteenth Celebration requires the support of community-focused businesses and individuals. Our goal is to increase support for the event to place it on a national stage for Houston's Sesquicentennial Celebration of Juneteenth.



International Meeting of Styles
September 19 - 21, 2014 at Kingspoint


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Meeting of Styles

   Newsletter Signup

   #MeetingOfStyles

   #HoustonMeetingOfStyles

   #HoustonMOS



LOOKING BACK
The International Meeting of Styles first came to Houston from Weisbaden, Germany in 2013. With artists showing growing interest and involvement in urban and street arts across the city, it is a logical step for the annual world-wide touring event to include Houston in a hectic schedule, along with prominent cities like Chicago, Illinois and Monterrey, Mexico. In its first year, Meeting of Styles utilized thousands of square feet on several buildings along Kingspoint, adjacent to Almeda Mall in southeast Houston.

LOOKING AHEAD
With growing interest, as well as need for education and appreciation in the field that includes mural and graffiti arts, Houston Institute for Culture is working to establish a center for urban and street arts. HIFC will sponsor components of the Meeting of Styles when it comes back to Houston from September 19-21, 2014, and further utilize the event to collaborate with artists and collectives. A major addition we plan is a set of programs during the event for autistic children from across the city and at-risk youth in the southeast Houston area. Since the community's area management districts and associations recognize the value of a future art center in the area, the Meeting of Styles has great potential to move the project forward to establish a very unique art and education there.


 


SUPPORT
Support for the Meeting of Styles is primarily a grass-roots effort, with artists and collectives, along with supportive property owners on Kingspoint, leading the way. When handled properly, mural and graffiti arts add value to a community, serve as a creative outlet and provide activities for youth. The City's official tourism agencies and management districts have engaged artists with projects to highlight arts in Houston. We will seek grants for youth components of the event, as well as for youth involvement throughout the year. Sponsors and individual donors are needed to support the work of artists, promote the event, and provide professional production and infrastructure.

During the second annual event in 2014, HIFC will present a series of workshops for youth with the support of the Texas Commission on the Arts. The workshops are expected to benefit children in the surrounding community, as well as at-risk children and children with autism.



Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead
October 24 to November 1, 2014 at East End Studio Gallery


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   HIFC Newsletter

   Newsletter Signup

   East End Studio Gallery



LOOKING BACK
The annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit celebrates the centuries old tradition of Mexico of honoring deceased relative, distant ancestors and public figures. Popular Art is a significant part of the celebrations, with the print works of Jose Guadalupe Posada being among the most recognizable in Mexico and the United States. Similar traditions are found in many other European and Latin American nations, including Memorial Day in the U.S., making the event highly interesting across many cultures.

LOOKING AHEAD
The extremely popular group art exhibit and mini festival will take place at Houston Institute for Culture, including East End Studio Gallery and the Tlaquepaque Market plaza, in the fall 2014. Collaboration with Bohemeo's Cafe and other arts organizations is planned.


 


SUPPORT
Art patrons and supporters of the East End Studio Gallery are essential to the Dia de los Muertos festival. Support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Citizenship Month are also important to the event. Youth activities have been provided with the support of Texas Commission on the Arts in the past.



Punk Rock Prom
Spring 2015


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   #PunkRockProm



LOOKING BACK
We have host numerous art and photography exhibits in the gallery over the past 12 years. The exhibits have included exceptional documentary projects, including the "Afghan Women's Project" and "Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community". What makes Punk Rock Prom unique is that it will be our first to draw significantly from archives from Houston's past, while helping to digitize and preserve the collection.

LOOKING AHEAD
The exhibit of documentary photos covering Houston's thriving alternative music scene of the 1980s will be accompanied by news and documentary pictures to help interpret the political and counterculture movements of the times. Lacy's documentary project, previously exhibited as "Texas Hardcore: The Dis-integration of Music", will be updated with images of demonstrations, such as protests of the Texas Ku Klux Klan, and eclectic and uniquely Houston activities, including the Urban Animals. As it's name suggests, Punk ROck Prom will be lots of fun. Punk Rock Preview will be an excellent opportunity for the supporters of the event to preview the exhibit and participate in question and answer session with the artist.


 SUPPORT

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SUPPORT
Punk Rock Prom is supported by the art patrons and sponsors who attend. Prom Tickets and other amenities can be purchased through Eventbrite.



10th Annual Frida Festival
April 2015


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   HIFC Newsletter

   Newsletter Signup

   East End Studio Gallery

   Frida Festival

   #FridaFest



LOOKING BACK
Founded nearly ten years ago by Lizbeth Ortiz, Frida Festival celebrates one of Latin America's most loved and respected artists, Frida Kahlo. The mini festival event takes place at the East End Studio Gallery and the Tlaquepaque market plaza. In addition to visual arts, audiences of all ages and backgrounds are entertained by music, poetry, fashion, artisan vendors, children's activities, food and beverages.

LOOKING AHEAD
Having hosted the successful Frida Festival for six of its first nine years at Houston Institute for Culture, East End Studio Gallery and East End Market, we are planning an extra large affair for the ten year anniversary in 2015. We will seek additional community support and plan the venue to host even larger audiences. The festival will feature an expanded schedule of poetry and music entertainment.


 


SUPPORT
Frida Festival primarily relies on the support of the arts community, from the artists who are part of the dynamic group exhibit to the vendors who provide unique arts and crafts for the interests of the audience. The festival has increased youth programs and involvement in the past with support of the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts. Sponsors are an integral part of the community outreach and promotional effort for the event.



Houston Cool & Girls Excel
 


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Houston Cool

   Facebook.com/HoustonCool

   Join on Facebook
   RSVP on Eventbrite

   HMOC Program Overview

   Newsletter Signup

   #HoustonCool

   #TreesMakeHoustonCool



LOOKING BACK
Houston Cool promotes interest in math and science by learning about the extensive benefits of trees for urban communities. Girls Excel promotes girls in math, science and leadership positions. The two youth programs are designed to magnify the impact of peer connections and involve university students as role models for students of all backgrounds. Houston Cool provides college interns with science backgrounds to schools in Houston's urban and industrial areas to help young students explore the benefits of trees. Students learn how trees help reduce the urban "heat island" effect and remove pollutants from the air. They use math and science to understand the processes and calculate the positive impact of trees. Girls Excel pairs female mentors from area universities, who work in much-needed paid college internship positions, with middle school and high school girls in at-risk communities to provide mentoring and academic support.

LOOKING AHEAD
Houston Institute for Culture has provided the excellent youth programs on a limited basis with the support of individual donors and grants through the Texas Commission on the Arts. Currently the organization is developing community events to increase funding and broaden the impact of the programs.


 


SUPPORT
Everyone is welcome to attend the organization's seasonal Walk to Keep Houston Cool for free. The healthy walk is effective for community outreach. Individuals and businesses may support the direct involvement of youth in the program by providing the necessary funding for support of paid college internships. College students work directly with youth groups in schools, parks and community centers to implement the program. The City of Houston and Texas Commission on the Arts are essential to provide the program for under-served communities. Support from Rice niversity and environmental education organizations is helpful in extending the program's benefits to the widest possible audience.



Camp Dos Cabezas
 


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Camp Dos Cabezas

   Student Journal

   Facebook Group

   Facebook.com/CampDosCabezas

   Newsletter Signup

   #CampDosCabezas

   #CampChaco



LOOKING BACK
Camp Dos Cabezas provides children from at-risk communities with the experience of a lifetime to help them achieve success in their lives. The camp combines adventure in valuable historical and cultural locations, like UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the desert Southwest, with educational activities that encourage scholarship and lifelong learning. Children of all backgrounds are welcome. Parents who have the means to send children at the camp's modest costs make it possible for children to attend who may not have such opportunities in their lives to experience the broader world and imagine possibilities for their lives.

LOOKING AHEAD
The long-term goal for the camp is to create a research and resource center for youth and adult visitors, similar to the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona. The permanent location will increase the number of students who participate in the camps, and it will open possibilities for partner organizations to bring youth groups to the camp. The camp will provide opportunities for academic study of culture and environment for Houston area universities.


 


SUPPORT
Individual donors and volunteers make it possible for at-risk youth to attend the camp. Parents who are able to send their children to Houston Institute for Culture's unique educational adventure camps help make it possible for the camp to serve marginalized children and to meet long-term goals to establish a permanent site near the national parks where camp activities take place.

Cirque du Soleil's production Amaluna, which comes to Houston in February 2015, will help raise funds for the summer camp program. The support is expected to help establish the permanent base camp location near several national parks, impliment sustainable practices, and provide the camp experience for additional children.



Houston Wildflower Seed Farm
 


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Facebook Group

   Newsletter Signup

   #HoustonWildflowerSeeds

   #HWSF



LOOKING BACK
Houston Institute for Culture has provided many youth programs for schools and community centers for more than a decade. Most have focused on productive uses of new media to improve communities and address peer interests in schools. Over the past several years we have emphasized environmental education as a means to engage students in education, involve them in the condition of their communities, and empower them to envision and implement projects. Environmental education programs are of interest to children of any age and can be designed to enhance the subjects of math, science, arts and urban planning for any grade level.

LOOKING AHEAD
Houston Institute for Culture will develop the Houston Wildflower Seed Farm as a hands-on youth and community project. It will serve as a festival grounds and a place to develop and observe the benefits of wildflowers, including community interest, beautification and species habitat. For example, the garden will demonstrate how plants can be strategically planted to increase Monarch butterlies and decrease mosquitos.


 


SUPPORT
The Houston Wildflower Seed Farm needs volunteer support and small donations to purchase its initial seed supply. Additional sponsorship over time will support the development of festival facilities on the site and increase involvement of area schools and youth groups.



Houston Museum of Culture
 


 FALL PROGRAMS
   Walk to Keep Houston Cool
   Citizenship Month

 SPRING PROGRAMS
   Carnival Connection
   Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

 MINI FESTIVALS
   International Meeting of Styles
   Dia de los Muertos
   Punk Rock Prom
   10th Annual Frida Festival

 YOUTH PROGRAMS
   Houston Cool & Girls Excel
   Camp Dos Cabezas
   Houston Wildflower Seed Farm

 VISION & GOALS
   Houston Museum of Culture




 MORE INFORMATION

   Houston Museum of Culture

   Vision for Houston

   International Museum Visitors

   Newsletter Signup

   Facebook.com/HoustonMuseum

   Facebook Group

   Twitter @HMOC

   #HMOC



LOOKING BACK
View: A Brief Overview of the Development Plan and Progress

LOOKING AHEAD
Learn more about the Grand Vision for the Houston Museum of Culture, as well as its visitor potential and extensive benefits at Vision for Houston.


 


SUPPORT
Boards and advisory committees are forming for the museum and its supporting foundations.



THANK YOU
Thanks for helping us celebrate the past 12 years of fun and educational programs. We hope you have enjoyed many of our city-wide events and educational programs, and that you can envision the positive future we are building through excellent youth programs.

For detailed information about HIFC's program history, view its 10 Year Celebration overview. The report corresponds to the Houston Institute for Culture Strategic Plan, 2010-2020.

As an educational community organization, we invite your participation and we need your support to realize the greatest possible vision for Houston's future.



  Houston Institute for Culture @ 12
Contact: info [at] houstonculture.org