To achieve higher quality of life standards, Houston Institute for Culture promotes cultural knowledge and experience through public arts and topical programs, and innovative approaches to social change through education about cultural influences - history, media, religion, arts, environment, and economics. The organization improves cultural literacy and cross-cultural participation through free and low-cost events featuring traditional arts, creative expression and modern media. It inspires social innovation through forums, community dialog and meaningful social interaction to increase community involvement and circulate the best, most effective ideas to improve communities.
Houston Institute for Culture, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides additional services and classes through unique outreach centers to meet the cultural self-determination and media accessibility needs of Houston communities, including marginalized and displaced populations, youth and immigrants.
Houston Institute for Culture is the managing agency responsible for educational events, research and service projects of its outreach centers. 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.
Projects and activities of Houston Institute for Culture include:
Houston Institute for Culture is located at 708-B Telephone Road in southeast Houston. Our events take place in venues throughout Houston and Harris County, so please check advertisements carefully for the correct location.
Our facilities at the Tlaquepaque Market offer a gallery and bookstore (open during events), classroom and meeting room, and media workspace with recording capabilities. In addition to organization administration and planning, a variety of activities take place at our location, which serves as a community meeting and event space. Community members may participate in many of these events, whether sponsored by HIFC or hosted by other community organizations.
Community Outreach and Meeting Space - As we determine community needs and issues we can most effectively address, we will launch several outreach projects from this central location and share our meeting space with arts and community organizers. Organization meetings and volunteer activities take place at this and other HIFC locations.
Classes for Family Chroniclers and Citizen Journalists - We will offer an increased schedule of classes in digital storytelling, photography, publishing, genealogy research, and more, while developing an extensive archive and digital story festival.
Recording the People's History of Houston - With easy access for people from all over southwest Houston's diverse communities, we will record the interesting and vital stories of small business owners, immigrants, community advocates, music makers, religious leaders, and more. Look for announcements about the start of this program in spring 2008.
Youth Initiatives - From Camp Dos Cabezas to programs we are developing for area schools, we will hold training and planning meetings from this strategic location in southwest Houston.
Services for Artists and Nonprofits - With a recording station and photo/video studio, we will provide services, such as assistance with public service messages, photography and other publicity materials, to artists and organizations, as well as academic units of area universities.
Travel Information - Our adventure travel programs offer unique educational and cultural exchange opportunities. Interested individuals are invited to learn more by visiting during posted office hours or by appointment.
Following are select examples of our activities and interests.
Explore our initiatives by website or domain name.
houstonculture.org - Houston Institute for Culture
june19.org - A Gulf Coast Junteenth
houstonmonthly.org - Houston Monthly
Youth Programs and Projects
doscabezas.org - Camp Dos Cabezas
betterhouston.com - Students for a Better Houston
haiticounts.org - Haiti Counts: Help Haiti
digitalstory.org - Digital Story Resource Center
houstonstory.org - The Houston Story
probanza.org - Documentary Film Festival
communityadvocate.org - Community Advocacy / Center for Localism
texasculture.org - Texas Community Advocate
gulfregion.org - Gulf Region Association
Houston Institute for Culture
and Digital Story Resource Center
708-B Telephone Road
Houston, Texas 77023
From I-45 South (take the Telephone Road exit; turn right on Telephone Road; Travel approximately 1.2 miles; 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)
The Tlaquepaque Plaza has plentiful parking spaces for events. It is easily accessible by bus and bike. Located less than a half mile north of the Eastwood Transit Center and less than a half mile south of the future Harrisburg rail line, the center can be accessed by many bus lines, including the 40 (Pecore/Telephone) and 36 (Kempwood/Lawndale). The Magnolia Park Transit Center is one mile east and University of Houston is less than one mile southwest.
Bus information: http://www.ridemetro.org
The mission of Houston Institute for Culture is to achieve higher quality of life standards through cultural literacy and social innovation.
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