Downtown illuminated: winter art at Discovery Green

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"Firmament" by Christopher Schardt. Photo credit: Katya Horner for Discovery Green.
“Firmament” by Christopher Schardt. Photo credit: Katya Horner for Discovery Green.

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.

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One year later: the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

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The University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy (KICD) was established in October 2015. The Institute promotes excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship about American constitutional and democratic principles, history and traditions.

One year later, we celebrate what the institute has already accomplished to further this mission. Milestones from 2015-2016 include: Continue reading “One year later: the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy”

Exceptional Houston-Area Teachers Honored and Granted Collective $240,000

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The 2016 KETA Award winners with Rich and Nancy Kinder (far left).
The 2016 KETA Award winners with Rich and Nancy Kinder (far left).

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.

Young Mothers Residential Program at Project Row Houses receives Kinder Foundation gift

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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.

Kinder Foundation Director of Parks and Civic Projects to join panel discussion at The Cultural Landscape Foundation conference

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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.

Updated 12/1/16: Watch Guy’s talk below.

Kinder Foundation names directors of parks and civic projects and education

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The Kinder Foundation today announced that Guy Hagstette, FAIA, has joined the foundation as Director of Parks and Civic Projects and Duncan F. Klussmann Ed.D has joined as Director of Education.

“As a foundation, we are focusing more effectively on our key areas of giving and have brought in two of the best in their respective fields,” said Nancy Kinder, president of the Kinder Foundation. “Guy and Duncan have had a profound impact on greenspace and education initiatives and we are excited about broadening those efforts in the greater Houston community and beyond.” Read more

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Guy Hagstette, FAIA

 

MFAH breaks ground on campus and Glassell School

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mfahThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, broke ground today on the 14-acre Fayez S. Sarofim Campus and the new Glassell School of Art launching the first phase of construction on the campus plan. The reimagined campus “will transform the visitor’s experience of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and create an urban oasis here in the heart of the Museum District,” said MFAH Chairman Rich Kinder. Read more about the progress of the project.

A memorable week at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

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Chancellor Bowen Loftin and Mr. Kinder at the Oct. 8 gift announcement
Chancellor Bowen Loftin and Mr. Kinder at the Oct. 8 gift announcement

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy had a memorable week in October 2015. On Oct. 7, the Institute hosted a free lecture by two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough at the Missouri Theatre with lines stretching around the building. The following morning, on Oct. 8, the Institute’s benefactor, Rich Kinder, BA ’66, JD ’68, announced a $25 million gift from the Kinder Foundation, a family foundation established by he and his wife Nancy Kinder, to fund the program in perpetuity and allow the university to hire additional new faculty to expand the programs of the institute serve in it. Of the gift, Kinder said, “Future generations should have the opportunity to study and understand the history and importance of how our country and government system was created.” You can read more about the lecture and the gift announcement, or view the full announcement below.