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Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please confirm meeting information on this website within 24 hours of the meeting.

 Program Committee
Saturday, Aug 2, 2008, 2pm
Saturday, Sept 6, 2008, 2pm

Saturday, Oct 4, 2008, 2pm - Cancelled due to Hurricane Ike recovery.

Saturday, Nov 1, 2008, 2pm
Saturday, Dec 6, 2008, 2pm
Saturday, Jan 3, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Feb 7, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Mar 7, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Apr 4, 2009, 2pm

Saturday, May 2, 2009, 3:30pm - topic: Juneteenth Outreach
Montrose Branch HPL

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 2pm

Committee Description
Meeting Location

 Juneteenth Outreach

Saturday, Oct 11, 2008, 2pm - This meeting is cancelled as we recover from Hurricane Ike.

Saturday, Nov 8, 2008, 2pm
Saturday, Dec 13, 2008, 2pm
Saturday, Jan 10, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Feb 14, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Mar 14, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, Apr 11, 2009, 2pm

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 4:30pm - Montrose Branch, Houston Public Library

Saturday, May 30, 2009, 2pm
Saturday, June 13, 2009, 2pm
Friday, June 19, 2009, 6pm

Committee Description
Meeting Location

 Houston Monthly
Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008, 6pm - Cancelled due to Hurricane Ike recovery.

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2008, 6pm
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008, 6pm
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7pm
Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Sept 8, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009, 6pm
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009, 6pm

Event Description

Program Committee
The Program Committee plans and coordinates Houston Institute for Culture activities, including coordination of activities that are planned outside the committee. The Program Committee also works to establish process that are needed to improve programs, such as volunteer recruiting, publicity, fundraising, etc.

Juneteenth Outreach
The Juneteenth Outreach Committee works to promote A Gulf Coast Juneteenth (a city-wide event at Miller Outdoor Theatre), as well as other Juneteenth activities in Houston. The committee works to implement processes to publicize the event to the widest possible audiences throughout the city and region. The committee will connect with large institutions in the city, such as government agencies, businesses, schools and universities.

Houston Monthly
Houston Monthly is an educational and social occasion. While the program is primarily intented to serve a general Houston audience, it is also an outreach opportunity for Houston Institute for Culture. All participants are invited to take part in the planning process. Learn more about this activity at

About Houston Institute for Culture

Houston Institute for Culture is organized for study and education about cultural influences - family, history, media, religion, arts, business, economy, environment, technology, and more.

We offer event-based programs to provide for higher quality of life in Houston. And we offer development and education campaigns to improve social conditions in communities.

From insight into everyday lives to high caliber cultural arts and popular city-wide traditional events, our programs raise cultural interests and knowledge. With the global community present in daily and hourly life, cultural literacy and competency is useful for everyone. We offer programs in venues that are accessible to most all Houston communities, from the city's largest public amphitheater in Hermann Park and area university theaters, to art spaces and community centers in Houston's historic wards and diverse neighborhoods. See examples of our well-rounded topical programs:

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth  [Event Evaluation]
-Indian Classical Dance  [Event Photos]
-The World Matters Film Festival
-African American Traditions: Mardi Gras Indians
-Dr. Alice Rothchild on Conflict in Palestine

From hosting international artists and visiting scholars, to taking Houstonians to educational events across the US and Mexico, we promote cultural exchange for diverse communities. Weather taking Houston children to the Amerind Foundation and Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, or hosting visits by Eisenhower Fellows to Houston folk art and community center, we work to expand the level of access to these activities. And we utilize these opportunities to develop educational interests and programs in Houston. See photos from our recent visit to the Smithsonian Institution: Bhutan at the Smithsonian

We also offer support, such as use of event A/V equipment, to other Houston non-profit organizations. Over the past year we have supported Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Artist Rescue Mission, and more. We rely on volunteers to help facilitate this interaction with other organizations. We will offer a monthly learning and social program to further develop our interaction with Houston communities and non-profit organizations. Learn more about Houston Monthly.

The events we organize and promote fulfill a broad need in society for cultural literacy. We also work to affect cultural influences in innovative ways that involve residents in making their communities better.

We are building essential programs to proactively address the sources and causes of issues in our communities. These social innovation programs promote youth development, media accessibility, as well as self-determination and empowerment in marginalized communities through education campaigns.

The table below outlines these programs and goals.

Goals and benefits: accessible and user-friendly technology to represent community interests; productive uses of computers for children; broad public history archive; cultural resources archive; film and multimedia archive; and community access to print and electronic media.

Programs include: Digital Story Resource Center; digital storytelling festival; film festivals; digital storytelling workshops for schools and community centers; online multimedia resources; Internet forum; and electronic newsletter.

Issues include: representation and accessibility; localism; digital divide; Internet neutrality; and media literacy.

Goals and benefits: development of community and civic leadership; diverse interests and experience for youth; academic interests and understanding of scholarship benefits; and positive oudoor experience and respect for nature.

Programs include: Students for a Better Houston; Camp Dos Cabezas; Continuing Education Program of fieldtrips and workshops; Camp Chaco Scholarship Program; and student organization leadership development.

Issues include: graduation rates; academic interests; community interests; cultural diversity; urban issues; immigration; and economic hardship.

Goals and benefits: improvement of standards in marginalized communities; improved economic opportunity in declining communities; support for small business ownership; support for local cultural interests and resources.

Programs include: Center for Localism; Texas Community Advocate; radio public service message campaigns; social networking website; and electronic newsletter.

Issues include: poverty; homelessness; violence; racism; unemployment; quality of life; local media representation; local representation in policy issues; cultural self-determination; historic preservation.

Goals and benefits: create meaningful social interaction for people of diverse backgounds; opportunities to learn and network during monthly meetings; develop support for youth initiatives; explore personal interests and hobbies, such as travel, history, photography, nature, etc; and exposure for community advocacy efforts in Houston.

Programs include: Houston Monthly; open public forums; HIFC programs and receptions; blog; social networking site; and electronic newsletter.

Issues include: local interests; community needs; and various cultural, social and political issues.

Goals and benefits: interaction between organizations, community advocates and scolars throughout the region; knowlege of history and cultural diversity; and cultural exchange of regional communities.

Programs include: Gulf Region Association; conferences; informational and documentary resources; regional volunteerism; and regional networking.

Issues include: regional cultural diversity; cultural resources; economic opportunity; historical and cultural preservation; migration; historic migration; environment; and mass transportation and mobility.

Goals and benefits: understanding of human, cultural impact on environment; understanding of history; understanding of environmental impact on history; and respect for environment.

Programs include: film festivals; educational Internet and classroom resources; university internships; and youth programs.

Issues include: wetlands; pollution; sustainability; sustainable development; urban sprawl; localism; energy efficiency; conservation; recycling; renewable energy; climate change; sea level; beach erosion; levees; storms and hurricanes; living conditions; and more.

The above programs may be discussed during the monthly program meeting. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

Meeting Location

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning November 1, 2008, unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place at Houston Institute for Culture, 708-B Telephone Road, Houston, Texas 77023.

From I-45 South (take the Telephone Road exit; turn right on Telephone Road; Tlaquepaque Plaza is on the left before Lockwood)

From I-45 North (take the Cullen exit; stay on the access road and pass Cullen; where the access road splits, veer right; at the light, turn left; follow Lockwood to Telephone Road and turn right; Tlaquepaque Plaza is on the right)

Office Location

Houston Institute for Culture
7111 Harwin Drive, Suite 132
Houston, Texas 77036

See Location in Detailed Street Map
See Location in Southwest Houston


From Beltway 8:
Take the WESTPARK TOLLWAY EAST, go 2.2mi
Take the FONDREN RD exit, go 0.4mi
Turn RIGHT on FONDREN RD, go 0.2mi
Turn LEFT on HARWIN DR, go 0.7mi
7111 HARWIN DR is on the right

From Highway 59 (Southbound):
Take the HILLCROFT AVE exit, go 0.5mi
Turn RIGHT on HILLCROFT AVE, go 0.2mi
Turn LEFT on HARWIN DR, go 0.4mi
7111 HARWIN DR is on the left

From Highway 59 (Northbound):
Take the HILLCROFT AVE/WESTPARK DR exit, go 1mi
Turn LEFT on HILLCROFT AVE, go 0.2mi
Turn LEFT on HARWIN DR, go 0.4mi
7111 HARWIN DR is on the left

Email: info@houstonculture.org

Phone: 713-521-3686

Houston Institute for Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural education and awareness through cultural activities. Our goal is to provide free and low-cost events, services and classes for the community. The organization's sphere of interest is Houston, the regions that have affected Houston's cultural history and the international origins of Houston's diverse population.

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