Houston Institute for Culture
NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

HIFC Newsletter Headlines

 
Schedule of Upcoming Programs
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12


We wrapped up a busy Spring and Summer program schedule and we look forward to many exciting fall events and youth activities. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Carnival Connection, our co-sponsored FotoFest exhibits, art openings at East End Studio Gallery and Houston's Juneteenth Celebration.

We have had a variety of accomplishments, new program launches and other milestones over the past year. East End Studio Gallery received the Houston Press Readers' Choice Award for "Houston's Best Art Gallery". We launched Houston Cool, an exciting environmental education youth program, with the "Walk to Keep Houston Cool" and we have expanded its community outreach to make it a quarterly event.

Recordings of our Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival will be presented on radio stations across Texas in the upcoming year in our "Houston Story" audio series. They include author Roger Wood's live interview with legendary Houston musician Milton Hopkins and workshop dialogue between Creole accordion player and builder Ed Poullard (Les Amis Creole) and Tejano accordion player and teacher Roberto Rodriquez (Umbrella Man).

We recently applied to the FCC for a license to operate an educational radio station in Houston. This will extend our educational reach to the Houston community and support our efforts to build greater resources for educators and researchers. Though it will be quite a long time before we learn the outcome, pulling together the financial support and resources of experts from across the nation to be capable to apply was a major accomplishment for us.

We have enjoyed producing programs and making archival recordings of topical and cultural arts performances at The Artery over the years. With the November 7, 2013 performance of Yetlanezi (from Jalisco, Mexico), we presented the last in a long series of exceptional international touring groups for audiences at The Artery, as the unique Houston artspace closed in December.

Its 26 year history is not the end, though. The Artery's final event at 5401 Jackson Street was a great opportunity for supporters to meet and talk about the future of the Artery Media Project, Houston Story and the Houston Museum of Culture.

Learn more about our project plans and goals at: www.hmoc.org/12years


Please save these dates and stayed tuned for more exciting announcements about Carnival Connection, Houston Cool, and more.



Houston Institute for Culture productions
and co-sponsored events for Summer and Fall 2014

(This is a partial list; gallery events to be added.)

Sat, October 18, 10 to 12:30pm
Walk to Keep Houston Cool
Rice University

September 19-21
International Meeting of Styles
Kingspoint

Date and time TBA
Planting a Family Tree: Genealogy for the Beginner
East End Studio Gallery

Date and time TBA
Mapping the Gulf Coast: the Story of Cabeza de Vaca
East End Studio Gallery

Fri, Oct 24, 6 to 9pm
Dia de los Muertos Exhibit Opening
East End Studio Gallery and Tlaquepaque Market Plaza

Sat, Nov 1, 3 to 8pm
Celebrate Houston! Sacred Sites Tour
Meet at 2:30pm, Location TBA

Spring 2015
Punk Rock Prom
East End Studio Gallery and Tlaquepaque Market Plaza

March 2015
Carnival Connection
Locations TBA

Fri, June 19, 2015
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration
Locations TBA

Date and time TBA
Houston, We Have a Tourism Problem - Follow-up Meeting
East End Studio Gallery


Event addresses:

East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Road, Suite C, Houston, Texas 77023
Tlaquepaque Market Plaza, 708 Telephone Road (at Lockwood), Houston, Texas 77023
Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030


 
Walk to Keep Houston Cool
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12





Join the "Walk to Keep Houston Cool" on October 18


9:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

The Walk to Keep Houston Cool is a free event. It takes place at Rice University on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Walkers should check in at 9:30am at the corner of Main and Sunset, just across the street from Metro Rail's Rice/Hermann Park station.

In addition to its health benefits, the Walk to Keep Houston Cool will raise awareness of the Houston Cool youth program. Houston Cool helps students understand the benefits of trees, including cooler temperatures and cleaner air.

Students make plans to increase trees, gardens and green spaces in their communities. They develop methods to promote further benefits of walking and biking, reducing waste and recycling, conserving natural resources, and implementing water recovery and renewable energy systems.

Houston Cool is part of Houston Museum of Culture's innovative youth programs. Students in the program have opportunities to improve communities and involve their peers by taking part in "Celebrate Houston! Celebrating Houston's Diversity and Building a Positive Future".

Walkers may choose 3 or 6 mile routes. Houston Cool is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Sponsors and volunteers are welcome. Learn more at www.houstoncool.org.



 
Meeting of Styles
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



International Meeting of Styles


September 19-21, 2014
Kingspoint, south of Almeda Mall
Houston, Texas

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.

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.




Presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance
and Texas Commission on the Arts








 
Planting a Family Tree
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12





Planting a Family Tree: Genealogy for the Beginner


Date and time TBA
Houston Institute for Culture
East End Studio Gallery
708 Telephone Road, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023

The Lacy family first came to England with the Norman king, William the Conqueror in 1066. They went on to live in castles described in the Doomsday Book. Lacy descendents signed the Magna Carta, sided with the House of York in the War of the Roses, and built Ludlow Castle. They even lived in Nottinghamshire during the time of Robin Hood! One of the Lacys had a scrape with the notorious pirate Blackbeard! Lacys came to Jamestown, Virginia and Biddeford, Maine before the Pilgrims landed, and later fought in the American Revolution. It can be very exciting (and raise interesting questions) to discover family history.

But genealogy is sometimes very difficult. As a researcher of historic events, Houston Institute for Culture executive director Mark Lacy discovered that genealogy can be more challenging than other research. He will offer a workshop on "Genealogy for the Beginner" currently planned for Sunday, October 12, 2014. The free workshop will take place from 2 to 4pm at the Houston Institute for Culture East End Studio Gallery.

The workshop will cover a variety of essential topics, including resources, how to get started, organize information, plan to involve others, and determine goals. We will cover planning a family genealogy trip and "skeletons in the closet" (things you may not like to know about your family's past), as well as how to relate your family story to historic events. In addition to traditional family history research, we will cover DNA testing and family health history.



 
The Story of Cabeza de Vaca
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Mapping the Gulf Coast: The Story of Cabeza de Vaca


Date and time TBA
Houston Institute for Culture
East End Studio Gallery
708 Telephone, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023

A 1527 Spanish-led expedition unwittingly became one of the most incredible adventures in world history and reported great mysteries of the United States Gulf Coast, Western deserts and Mexico. Only four of more than 300 in the expedition were known to survive. While their perilous journey rivals those of any other stature, its relevance to the understanding of U.S. history is even more phenomenal.

Join us for a talk and slide show that will shed light on the first contact between Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast. We will follow the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition from Cuba to Florida in 1527 and trace the steps of the disastrous expedition's four survivors, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Estevan, Alonso del Castillo Maldonado and Andrés Dorantes de Carranza, from Texas to Mexico City, where they traveled about 6,000 miles over nearly nine years to arrive in 1536.

Cabeza de Vaca described the conditions as he sailed along the coast: "It was winter and bitterly cold, and we had suffered hunger and the heavy beating of the waves for many days. Next day, the men began to collapse. By sunset, all in my barge had fallen over on one another, close to death. Few were any longer conscious. Not five could stand. When night fell, only the navigator and I remained able to tend the barge. Two hours after dark he told me I must take over; he believed he was going to die that night."

On November 6, 1528, Cabeza de Vaca crawled from the ocean surf onto the Central Gulf Coast. He and his three fellow survivors – two European and one African – became the first non-Native peoples to describe the greater Houston region. Their accounts are the oldest written history of the lands in the modern boundaries of the United States.

Houston Institute for Culture executive director Mark Lacy will guide us through one of history's greatest misadventures, present revealing incidents of the expedition, and consider some possible historical errors. Lacy will present evidence that utilizes modern research techniques.

Mapping the Gulf Coast: The Story of Caveza de Vaca, a free lecture and discussion event is currently planned from 4 to 5:30pm on Sunday, October 19, at the East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Road, Suite C, Houston, Texas 77023.

The series "Mapping the Gulf Coast" is presented by Houston Museum of Culture.




Presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance,
Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts








 
Punk Rock Prom
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12




Punk Rock Prom


Spring 2015
Houston Institute for Culture
708 Telephone Road, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023

Punk Rock Prom is a reunion of the Hardcore Class of '84. It features an exhibit of Mark Lacy's award-winning documentary photography of Houston's 1980s punk and alternative music scene and touring bands, including Black Flag, X, the Ramones, DOA, the Dead Kennedy's, Consolidated, and more. Images from Lacy's "Dis-integration of Music" photo series will be published in a Punk Rock Yearbook.




"Punk Rock Preview", a gallery talk by the photographer will take place in advance of the exhibit opening. The exhibit and mini-festival are part of our effforts to document and archive Houston's extensive music legacy, from traditional musics to counter cultures.



 
Carnival Connection
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12


Canaval Cimarron by Ruben Duran

Carnival Connection thanks eveyone for their valuable support over the past several years. It has been a great success, and also one of our liveliest educational series. The program has featured performances and documentary film screenings at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Heinen Theatre and numerous university campuses and art spaces. It has created cultural exchange opportunities between experts from Caribbean Island nations, New Orleans and Houston. Authors, folklorists, anthropologists, historians and carnival participants (including award-winning mask makers and costume designers) have given lectures and demonstrations for interested Houston audiences and university classrooms.




The reception for photographer James Fraher takes place on March 20, 5 to 8pm at HCC-Central Campus Fine Arts Building in the gallery. Artist talks take place in the gallery on March 19 at 1pm and 3pm. Author Roger Wood will facilitate the talks.




A recap of "Carnival Parades and Processions" takes place on March 30, 2 to 4pm at Clayton Library. Thanks to everyone who participated. We are interested to have your feedback on the regional carnival events, as well as the exhibits and lectures.

Please contact us if you would like to participate in planning the events for 2015. We have some very big surprises in store. Co-sponsors and collaborators are welcome to participate.



Presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance,
Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts








 
Houston's Juneteenth Celebration
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Houston's Juneteenth Celebration
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents Allen Toussaint, a true legend of American music, and Ruthie Foster, two-time Grammy nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner. Toussaint is a multiple Grammy nominee and Grammy Trustees Award Honoree. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2013 and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame. The concert will also feature Niko Lorraine, a talented up-and-coming Houston folk-rock singer and guitarist. Lorraine's performance combines the energy and guitar mastery of Ruthie Foster with the insightful lyrics and style similar to Tracy Chapman.

The concert will open with a special ceremony by Angolan singer Vivalda Dula, who will present an innovative world music set from the broad African diaspora, culminating in an official United Nations - International Labour Organization song, Mázui (Voices), which raises awareness about the issues of child labor, modern slavery and human trafficking.


Since June 19, 1865 we have celebrated the abolition of slavery in Texas.

On this day, Major General Gordon Granger carried out the enforcement of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which mandated that slaves be freed as the Union army brought Confederate states under the control of the United States.

The nation divided over slavery in 1861, resulting in the Civil War. As the war concluded in 1865, with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee on April 9 and the declaration of the end of hostilities on May 9, the end of slavery in many Southern states was marked by the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas and General Granger's June 19 reading of General Order Number 3 stating, "Slaves are free."

The date of Juneteenth is often considered controversial, since it took more than two years following the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in Southern states and over two months after General Lee's surrender to bring the news to Galveston, Texas. But its significance should not be taken lightly. The price of ending slavery was immeasurable. More than 600,000 lost their lives, including President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated April 14, 1865. Over 400,000 were seriously wounded.

There was substantial turmoil in the days following the official conclusion of the Civil War, as shots continued to be fired. Confederate forces defeated Union troops at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in South Texas on May 13, 1865. Cherokee Brigadier General Stand Watie was the last Confederate general to surrender on June 23, 1865. Like slavery itself, the war was a scourge on all races.

Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and is sometimes referred to as Freedom Day, since it freed 3.5 million slaves in Confederate states. The legal end to slavery in the United States came later that year, when the Thirteenth Amendment was adopted on December 6, 1865. Originating in Galveston and Houston, Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or official observance in more that 40 states and the District of Columbia.

But it is critical to understand that, while slavery was made illegal in the United States through the horrific events of the Civil War, it still exists in modern forms. 27 million people, including children, live in slavery conditions worldwide; 200,000 in the United States.

You can learn more about ending slavery at: www.enditmovement.com

On June 19, 2013 we commemorated the 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and celebrated the end of slavery with performances by Toni Simmons, Annika Chambers and the Houston All Stars, and C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Be sure to join us on June 19, 2014 for Houston's Juneteenth Celebration. Help raise awareness of this important historic event in our nation's history - the immense effort to outlaw slavery that culminated on June 19, 1865 - and help advance the achievements of one of the world's most important human rights policy documents - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Houston's Juneteenth Celebration is presented by the City or Houston, Houston Style Magazine, KPFT-Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Blues Museum, Houston Blues Society, Community Artists Collective and Houston Institute for Culture.

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration is produced by Houston Institute for Culture with support from H-E-B, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, the State of Texas through the Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Museum of Culture and Art Works.

More information is available at www.houstonculture.org/juneteenth and www.june19.org.

Information and photos are available on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth.




 
Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival
Noon to 6pm, Sunday, November 3, 2013
Tlaquepaque Market Plaza
708 Telephone Road
Houston, Texas 77023

The Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival mission is: "Celebrating our diversity and building a positive future." The festival supports local artists and provides valuable education resources to benefit local communities. The mini-festival that started in 2009 is planned to become the flagship event of the Houston Museum of Culture in the future.

Celebrate Houston! will take place from Noon to 6pm, Sunday, November 3 on the Tlaquepaque Market Plaza, with activities at Bohemeo's and the East End Studio Gallery.

The free event will offer activities to suit many interests, including:

-Live Music by Milton Hopkins and the Hit City Blues Band
-Encore Performance by YETLANEZI (Huehuetl), from Jalisco, Mexico
-Accordion Workshop by Ed Poullard (Les Amis Creole) and Roberto Rodriguez (Umbrella Man, Pistoleros de Tejas)
-Live Interview with Milton Hopkins by author Roger Wood
-Indigenous Instruments Workshop by Huehuetl
-Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit and Traditional Altars at East End Studio Gallery
-Artists and Unique Vendors
-Book Presentation and panel discussion of "Neglected by Two Countries" by Marie Elena Cortes
-Poetry Readings
-Kids' Activities
-Artery Media Project Video Presentation
-Non-profit Organizations
-Green Zone featuring Environmental Education Groups
-Presentation of Houston Cool youth environmental education projects
-Information about the Houston East End Museum and Houston Museum of Culture
-Collection of "Houston Treasures" - interesting Houston stories for the Houston Story radio program, museum archives and exhibits
-Houston Museum of Culture Bookstore
-Bohemeo's Beer Garden, Food Trucks and more


The event is presented in a format similar to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, with high quality, entertaining cultural arts and music performances, as well as facilitated workshops and demonstrations that focus on specific cultures and regional traditions.

Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival is produced by Houston Institute for Culture with support of the Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

Celebrate Houston! is additionally sponsored by Houston Museum of Culture, East End Studio Gallery, Bohemeo's, Blue Line Bike Lab, Luz de Luna Photography Studio, Eastwood Variety Store, Scoops Ice Cream, Bright Star Productions, Houston Blues Society, KPFT and Howlin' the Blues.

Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival benefits Houston Cool. The program's objective is: "By planting trees, you make Houston cool!" Learn more about the Houston Cool youth program and the many benefits of trees at www.houstoncool.org.

Participants are encouraged to walk and bike to Celebrate Houston! for health and for the environment. Information about area hike and bike routes will be provided for walkers and bicyclists who are interested. Attendees should also consider using Metro busses, including the 40 (serving Telephone and Lockwood), 36 or 50 (serving nearby major streets), or busses serving the Eastwood Transit Center. Information can be found at www.ridemetro.org.

For further event information, please visit www.celebratehouston.org.




Presented with support of the City of Houston Citizenship Month,
Department of Neighborhoods, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas
Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.


   





 
Youth Education Programs
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Youth Education Programs

Houston Institute for Culture provides excellent youth programs in school and afterschool to promote communication skills, civic engagement, community advocacy, self esteem and empowerment.

We provide activities like "Youth Voices" and "Media Makers", where students learn to produce media for radio, in-school closed circuit TV or for peer groups to raise awareness, discuss issues and develop interests; and, "Students for a Better Houston", where middle school student groups form into "13-year-old think tanks" to deliberate about the problems they see in their communities and their visions for the city in the future. They create important media messages or plan awareness events to make positive changes. Through the students' voices and the quality of their work, the results truly speak for themselves.

We are building our environmental education programs and implementing excellent, advanced environmental literacy projects to empower youth with greater knowledge and safety information in the region's most industrial areas. One of our most exciting new programs, "Houston Cool", uses math and science to empower students to improve their communities. They learn about the "heat island" effect of the urban setting and discover that they can make Houston cooler by planning green spaces and planting trees. They learn how much air is cleaned and how much ground is shaded by trees, as well as the role of trees in providing habitat for wildlife and protection from hurricanes.

Learn more at www.houstoncool.org.




Another exciting new program is "Girls Excel", which pairs female mentors from area universities with middle school and high school girls in at-risk communities to provide mentoring and academic support. The students work together in small groups with their mentor to complete a media project, while having the support of a college role model, who is available on a weekly basis in the after-school program.

"Girls Excel" focuses on east and southwest Houston communities where dropout rates are highest and college attendance is low. The program aims to raise self-esteem, motivate and inspire academic interests, while empowering young women to take an active role in their community or be a voice for marginalized groups within the school or neighborhood.



 
Youth Camp Programs
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Houston Museum of Culture's Camp for Young Scholars


July 12 – 20, 2014
Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Mesa Verde National Park

Camp groups leave from Houston and Ft Worth, Texas.

Camp Chaco is part of the Houston Museum of Culture's Camp Dos Cabezas youth camp program. It is a "Camp for Young Scholars", who are 13-14 years old. Students are exposed to a variety of educational and recreational activities in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Taos Pueblo. Additional education sites include El Morro National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and Acoma Pueblo and Cultural Center.

The mission of Camp Dos Cabezas is to provide at-risk students with the experience of a lifetime to help them achieve success in their lives. The program began in 2005 with youth camps for 10-12 year olds in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona. Camps have expanded to include the Zuni Mountains of Northern New Mexico (Camp La Ventana for 10-12 year olds) and Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado (Camp Chaco for 13-14 year olds). Future plans include establishing a permanent base camp location in Northern New Mexico and expansion of camp programs to include cultural and environmental education for students who are 15-16 years old.

Camp Dos Cabezas information is provided at www.doscabezas.org. Those who are interested may contact camp [at] hmoc.org.


More About HMOC Youth Camps

Students are nominated by teachers to attend Camp Dos Cabezas, where they explore many interesting academic subjects and get first-hand experience as they hike through wondrous rock formations and archaeological sites.

Following their camp experience the students participate in a program that takes them on monthly field trips to museums, arts events and workshops, after which they learn to apply for a scholarship to attend Camp Chaco, which helps them experience and understand more complex fields of study. The advanced camp explores several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, area museums, and research and archaeology centers. The camp helps students understand the benefit of scholarships and how to apply for them, while it motivates them to attend college and develop lifelong interests.

Our goal for the camp program is to build a great adventure and education camp for increased numbers of children by establishing a permanent site for the camp in New Mexico. Through the permanent site we can support a wider variety of student needs, develop lasting projects and host other non-profit organizations to increase the numbers of students who benefit from the camp. In addition to the current benefits, the permanent camp can utilize many environmentally friendly, low impact building techniques and sustainable practices, and provide very valuable cultural exchange opportunities for students from other regions.

Learn more at www.doscabezas.org.



 
Media Arts Programs
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Media Arts Programs

Houston Institute for Culture presents numerous film screenings, as well as talks and workshops by film directors. The organization produces significant media programs, documents and archives, and offers classes in production and management of digital media.

A major initiative is the Digital Story Resource Center, which will become the most comprehensive digital media resource in the region. The center promotes community uses of digital technologies to express ideas, explore issues, tell family stories and bridge cultural divides. The center will develop a multifaceted media series called "Houston Story" and partner with the Artery Media Project and others to preserve and distribute unique historical and cultural interests.

Learn how to get involved at: www.visionforhouston.org



 
Educational Travel Programs
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12


Houston Museum of Culture Educational Adventures provide excellent educational opportunities for students and the general public at affordable prices. The tours explore the many fascinating subjects in the regional culture and history, diverse ways of life and modern social fabric of the Gulf Coast, Southwest United States and Mexico. Some tours focus on the lifeways of indigenous peoples and others on traditions introduced by immigrants in the United States.

Tours often utilize and even highlight national parks and monuments as important cultural resources in the United States, such as the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, or New Orleans' innovative Jazz National Historical Park.

Several of the adventures are specifically designed for Friends of the Houston Museum of Culture and organization volunteers. A few tours provide cultural exchange opportunities for researchers, historians, anthropologists and cultural artists. For example, the Carnival Connection series brings scholars and artists from the Caribbean to meet counterparts in the U.S. who are part of carnival traditions in New Orleans.

The 2014 series will emphasize historic events in New Mexico, where Houston Institute for Culture is working to establish a permanent youth camp. Additional tours will be added.

Most of the tours are active, group-minded educational and cultural adventures for adults, 21 and over (request information for minimum age requirements). They are designed for people who truly seek great experiences and rewarding adventures when they travel. Below are a few highlights of Houston Museum of Culture Educational Adventures for 2014:


Washington DC and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
July 2-7, 2014

New York Immigrant Communities and West Indian Day Celebration
September 4-9, 2014

Southwest Archaeology Tour and Rocky Mountains Adventure
September 20-28, 2014

Midwest Archaeology Tour - Ancient Earthworks, Great Pyramids and the Serpent Mound
November 22-30, 2014


A special tour is reserved exclusively for Volunteers:

Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial and Rocky Mountains Adventure
August 2-10, 2014


Learn more at www.hmoc.org/travel.


Contact travel [at] hmoc.org for more information.


 
Be a Volunteer
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Houston Institute for Culture is working toward several important goals as part of our Vision for Houston 2010-2020. These include:

1. Establish and build the Houston Museum of Culture
2. Increase activities of the Digital Story Resource Center
3. Establish a permanent site for Camp Dos Cabezas
4. Extend youth programs to benefit more students
5. Increase public access to our traditional arts programs

Volunteers and donors are asked to support these important initiatives. Dedicated volunteers are needed to plan and facilitate the development of major programs. Most have excellent track records and established program histories, while others are in formation.

Founders and Founding Advisory Board Members are currently forming for the Houston Museum of Culture. Visionary leaders should visit www.hmoc.org to learn more about being involved.

Leaders may take on the fundraising needs for youth scholarships to help send children to camp and to provide safe and productive after-school activities the most marginalized children in our communities.

Learn more at www.visionforhouston.org.



 
Houston, We Have a Tourism Problem
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12





Houston, We Have a Tourism Problem


Future seminar dates TBA

Houston Institute for Culture
East End Studio Gallery
708 Telephone Road, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023

Presentation and discussion will cover:
  -How tourism supports arts and cultural activities
  -Deficiencies and missed opportunities in Houston tourism
  -Opportunities for musicians and artists to receive better support
  -The upcoming vote on the future of the Astrodome


Exciting things were happening in Houston during the 1960s with the development of the U.S. Space Program and the opening of the Astrodome. While being ranked as a good place to work and live, "Space City" has never received the level of tourism that many other American cities benefit from. The current state of decision-making about the Astrodome (as its future will be decided in a November vote) may offer some insight into the problem.

As Houston Institute for Culture (HIFC) prepared for the openings of the Houston East End Museum and the Houston Museum of Culture, HIFC executive director Mark Lacy toured the United States, from the Santa Monica Pier to Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, and surveyed the nation's most effective tourism-generating cultural assets to learn how they are supported and function. The newly developing East End Cultural District and Houston Museum of Culture have the potential to attract tourism to Houston in numbers and scope rarely witnessed before.

Tourism is more significant than many Houstonians may realize. While providing opportunity for thriving education organizations and cross-cultural experience, tourism also provides funding for arts and cultural activities through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds. The presentation of "Houston, We Have a Tourism Problem" will cover Houston cultural resources and their potential to attract visitors.

We will provide information about grant opportunities for musicians and artists, and how to apply for them. We will also consider the past and possible upcoming votes on the future of the Astrodome. The presentation will conclude with an open discussion about Houston tourism and support for arts.



 
Houston Story
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



"Houston Story" Prepares for the Houston East End Museum Opening


Future recording dates TBA

Houston Institute for Culture
East End Studio Gallery

708 Telephone Road, Suite C
Houston, Texas 77023

Houston Institute for Culture seeks interesting stories told from a personal point of view for "Houston Story", a radio and Internet feature series that will additionally serve to help determine potential content for inclusion in exhibits and archives of the Houston East End Museum and Houston Museum of Culture. [See www.hmoc.org/plan for more information.] "Houston Story" will be presented in media formats similar to Story Corps and This American Life, and will be available to researchers and the general public as oral histories and public history collections.




Presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance,
Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts










Please note: Those who are interested to participate or learn more should stop by the Houston Institute for Culture information table during the upcoming Houston International Festival, taking place on April 25 and 26, and May 2 and 3, from 11am to 8pm. Or stop by the Houston Museum of Culture bookstore booth during Houston's Juneteenth Celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Forms and additional information will be available at www.houstonstory.org beginning in mid April 2014.



 
Houston Institute for Culture at 12
Fall Schedule

Keep Houston Cool

Meeting of Styles

Genealogy 101

Cabeza de Vaca

Punk Rock Prom

Carnival Connection

Houston's Juneteenth

Celebrate Houston!

Youth Programs

Youth Camps

Media Programs

Travel Programs

Be a Volunteer

Houston Tourism

Houston Story

HIFC at 12



Happy Anniversary!
Help Us Celebrate the Next Ten Years of Houston Institute for Culture

Houston Institute for Culture turns twelve years old on August 20, 2014. It incorporated in Texas as a non-profit organization on August 20, 2002.

As we look ten years into the future, most everyone will know the organization as the Houston Museum of Culture. This provident and visionary institution will significantly improve quality of life in Houston, define the city for the nation and the world, and secure its future as a leading international city.

The Houston Museum of Culture will interest all Houstonians, who see themselves as diverse cultures living in one great city - Houston, where they want the best possible futures for their children. It will define the most fascinating and important region of the U.S. for visitors from around the world.

Learn more at www.hmoc.org/12years.


Share on Facebook


Donate Now Through Network for Good



Newsletter
Calendar
Location
Website
Houston Monthly
Volunteer
Support
Message

 
Traditional Arts
Media Arts
Youth Programs
Community
  Houston Institute for Culture     info@houstonculture.org