When Buffalo Bayou Park opened in October 2015, few features were more anticipated and buzzed about than the Cistern, an underground cavernous structure featuring 200 slender, 25-foot high concert columns. Its size and reminiscence of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul demanded something grand be done within it. To date, more than 16,000 visitors have experienced the space.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) chose to honor the Cistern and its historical significance – it was originally a City of Houston water reservoir built in 1926 – by repurposing it to become a grand space to house an ambitious program of changing art installations.
Discovery Green has become known for its exceptional public art installations, especially in the wintertime. This year, the 12-acre downtown park is presenting two new installations: Firmament, a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt, and Enchanted Promenade, towering, colorful peonies by TILT, a French light art and design studio. Both installations were possible through a grant from the Kinder Foundation.
Twelve (12) Houston-area school teachers were honored with the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award and a collective $240,000 at a reception on September 24. Teachers from KIPP Houston Public Schools, YES Prep Public Schools, the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and two Teach for America alumni each received grants of $20,000. See below for video of the respective schools honoring their 2016 KETA winners.
Current and past winners shared their stories and gratitude at the awards dinner. Each acknowledged the influence their own teachers had in shaping their passion for education.
The Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award was established in honor of Edna C. Kinder, who taught special education students in Cape Girardeau, MO. The awards recognize innovative and results-oriented teaching and to raise public awareness of the importance of effective and committed teachers.
The Kinder Foundation has made a $1 million matching capital campaign gift to the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity for construction of The Lawson Academy in Houston’s Third Ward. Read more.
Young mothers require the support of a community to raise their children in a nurturing environment. At the Young Mothers Residential Program at Project Row Houses, young single mothers get the support they need to pursue their education and fulfilling careers. The program serves women between the ages of 18 and 26 with up to two years of subsidized housing in a refurbished and furnished row house and also offers counseling. To date, approximately 60 young mothers have advanced through the program.
A $100,000 grant from the Kinder Foundation will support the residential program but also open up the educational component of parenting workshops, financial literacy classes, and life skills development to community residents. Project Row House is an arts and culture nonprofit located in the Third Ward, one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Read more about Project Row Houses.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will present Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation in Houston on March 11, 2016. Kinder Foundation Director of Parks and Civic Projects Guy Hagstette, will join the panel discussion which includes Houston Chronicle arts/design/culture writer Molly Glentzer, Former Mayor of Houston Annise Parker, and Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC President Michael Skelly. See the full conference schedule.