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John Biggers Art Center at Texas Southern University, Houston

 

HOUSTON CULTURAL SITES


Houston, TX

 

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
DESCRIPTION: history museum

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The Ensemble Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1976 by George Hawkins as a touring company with a mission to preserve African American artistic expression, entertain and enrich a diverse community; the theatre enjoyed overwhelming growth in the 1980s when it moved to its current home and has since become a distinguished resident theatre able to purchase its facility in 1995; this theater and performers can hold its own with any regional theatre in the nation; a sample of their performances which appeal to all ages and across cultures includes: A Lesson Before Dying, Sparkle: The Musical, Tap Dance Kid, A Pure Gospel Christmas, Johnny B. Goode, and Black Eagles, fee-based workshops and master classes offered for children to gain confidence and enhance creativity by participating in theatre and for students to refine their theatrical skills; year round season with parking nearby and next to a METROrail station;
schedule your acting audition

DAYS & HOURS: check their online calendar

ADDRESS: 3535 Main Street  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 713-520-0055

WEBSITE: http://www.ensemblehouston.com

Texas Southern University
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1947 so that many African American Texans could utilize their veteran’s educational benefits, TSU has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the nation’s best universities

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Traditional African Art Gallery

DESCRIPTION: Contains a collection of African art acquired over the past four decades; composed of over 200 works from East, Central and West Africa, the collection is varied and vast enough in it scope to allow the study of true African traditions and concepts

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p

ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises for a fee

PHONE: 713-313-7149

WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Barbara Jordon & Mickey Leland Archives
DESCRIPTION: Robert J Terry Library is home to archives which chronicle local, state, national and international achievements of TSU’s most famous alumnae who also represented the 18th District in the US Congress; Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first African American from Texas elected to the US Congress after Reconstruction; a masterful orator, debate team captain and constitutional scholar she is best remembered nationally when arguing for the impeachment of Richard Nixon and delivering the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic Convention; perhaps her greatest compliment is the respect received from arch-conservative rivals who dared not to publicly debate her; due to multiple sclerosis she retired from the US Congress after three terms in 1979; Mickey Leland (1944-1989); he filled Barbara Jordan’s seat and went on to chair the Congressional Black Caucus during the 99th US Congress; he successfully pushed for stronger sanctions that helped lead to the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa; tragically, he died in a small plane flight during a humanitarian mission to Ethiopia; a federal office building downtown is named in his honor

DAYS & HOURS:  Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p

ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises for a fee

PHONE: 713-313-7011

WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Heartburn Collection

DESCRIPTION: Although its not officially an African American Research Library, like the Schomberg, it should be; ask for Special Collections Archivist Bernard Forrester to help you locate the right resources among this incredible collection of original artifacts including a Phyllis Wheatley book; here’s a bet – avid researchers will not be disappointed in 2nd largest collection of Africana historic artifacts and documents in the world

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p

ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises for a fee

PHONE: 713-313-7011

WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Starving Poets
DESCRIPTION: This energetic group of underground (mostly) poets is making a major impact in markets they perform; their eloquent spoken word play is rooted with conscious vibrations of edutainment for critics and fans; their resume is rolling out as they make many special appearances at marquee events, such as at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Black Heritage Festival, Juneteenth Festival, Super Bowl XXXVIII Soul Festival, and most of all their slamming Poetic House Party

DAYS & HOURS: check their online calendar of events

ADDRESS: changing venues

WEBSITE: http://www.starvingpoets.org

Project Row Houses
DESCRIPTION: Inspired by the artistic paintings of John Biggers, this collective of 22 restored “Shotgun” row houses is a nurturing and reaffirming shelter for artists-in-residence, community services, and galleries for primarily African American art; considered a major urban revitalization success story; guided tours available by appt

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun Noon-5p

ADDRESS: 2521 Holman Street  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 713-526-7662

WEBSITE: http://www.projectrowhouses.org

Community Artists Collective
DESCRIPTION: The Baldwin Park facility houses The Collective, 56 condominium units and 10,000 square feet of retail space, and positively impacts Houston's artistic, residential, educational, and business communities; if you are lucky, visit when the artists are hosting a fundraising event for the new building

DAYS & HOURS: by appt

ADDRESS: 1413 Holman Street  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE:  713-523-1616

WEBSITE: http://thecollective.org

Shape Community Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1969, S.H.A.P.E. (Self-Help for African People through Education) Community Center provides many programs and activities that strengthen families and communities; over the years it has become a staple in the Third Ward with its indoor community programs and summer youth programs; each year the Shape is the proud coordinator of the city’s Kwanzaa Celebration and the annual Pan-African Cultural Festival attended by thousands

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 7a-7p, Sat 8a-5p

ADDRESS: 3815 Live Oak  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 713-521-0641

WEBSITE: http://www.shape.org

Kuumba House Dance Theatre
DESCRIPTION: An African dance and education group with roots firmly in the Third Ward and touring Texas; their popular shows are performed at a variety of venues throughout the region; Kuumba House is also a non-profit multi-cultural arts education center it hosts theatrical, musical, and African dance & drumming classes for children; you can also take dance or introductory tap, ballet, Jazz and tumbling classes

DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED

ADDRESS: 3001 Cleburne Street  MAP

 


American Cowboy Museum
DESCRIPTION: Mollie Stevenson The more than a century-old Taylor-Stevenson several hundred acre ranch is not an idealized version of a cowboy museum; instead it is home to a special museum focusing on African American cowboys and cowgirls; you can easily spend an afternoon here; because it is a working ranch managed by the family its not a good idea to just “drop in”, please call to arrange an appointment for a tour, party, horseback riding, petting zoo, and leather craft display, expanded

DAYS & HOURS: by appt

ADDRESS: 11822 Almeda Road  MAP

PARKING: on premises

PHONE: 713-478-9677

WEBSITE: http://www.americancowboymuseum.org

Houston Ebony Music Society / Houston Ebony Opera Guild
DESCRIPTION: A company of classical singers based on Houston's African American community and committed to the expansion of opportunities for participation in and exposure to opera, traditional Negro spirituals and other classical music genres; performance of opera, choral music and other styles year-round

DAYS & HOURS: check online press releases for times and locations

PARKING: on premises and street

PHONE: 713-529-7664

WEBSITE: http://www.houstonebonymusic.org

 

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