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'Capturing the Uniqueness of Texas Arts and Culture'

 Texas Foundation for the Arts has stayed true to its mission of showcasing Texas arts, culture and history through the creation of award-winning documentary films and series television programs since its founding in 2001. 

     TFA's most recent documentary, Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy  premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8/PBS and has been seen multiple times on Austin PBS/KLRU and KEDT in Corpus Christi.

      The program highlights the rich history of the footprint of land that dates back to early Texas land grants in the 1800s, and now includes The Galleria, Uptown Houston and numerous luxury high-rise residential and commercial buildings, juxtaposed with the serenity of Memorial Park. 

The program was awarded a 2017 Telly Award in the TV Shows/ Historical category.

 

    

 We were honored to receive the Friends of the Texas Room's Julia Ideson Award, named for the first librarian in Houston (1885-1945), for our use of the extensive archives located at the Houston Metropolitan Media Research Center's (HMRC) during our research for the program.

Gerald Hines gets ready for his close up at Houston Public Media TV8/PBS

(l-r) Uptown Houston District's Bob Ethington with Gerald Hines and

co-executive producers Kim Lykins and Jim Bailey.

Q&A session following Post Oak Boulevard film preview event at

Williams Tower featured titans of industry:  (l-r) Giorgio Borlenghi,

Dan Worrall, Gerald Hines, Robert Sakowitz and Raymond Brochstein.

 Texas Foundation for the Arts is also involved in chronicling the life and times of American opera composer Carlisle Floyd, including Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of his latest opera, Prince of Players

The program recently premiered in New York to glowing reviews including this from the New York Times.

This captivating story takes place in Shakespearian times when women began to take the stage alongside men who traditionally played female roles.  Produced in association with Jane Floyd Matheny/INFINITE Communications.

Opening Night Curtain Call (l-r):  Costume designer Gregory Gale; set designer Shoko Kambara; Director Michael Gieleta; Maestro Floyd;

HGO Music Director Patrick Summers; and Ben Edquist as Kynestan

 To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston, our documentary, Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial, highlights the grit and determination needed to dredge a meandering bayou into a mega 52-mile shipping lane from Galveston Bay to Houston, and how Houston's vast inland Port is now called the "irreplaceable Port" for the United States. 

View of the Fred Hartman Bridge at night from the Ship Channel

Photo courtesy of Capt. Lou Vest

Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial premiered on Houston's PBS affiliate Houston Public Media TV 8 on Monday, November 10, 2014, exactly 100 years to the day that President Woodrow Wilson opened the Ship Channel from the White House. 

 

WHAT WE DO

     Texas Foundation for the Arts develops, secures the funding for, and writes and produces television documentary films that shine a spotlight on Texas arts, history and culture. 

     Our programs are provided free to PBS and nationally through NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association), as in the case of The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses.  PBS stations across the state often rebroadcast our programs, several of which can now be seen on Houston's HTV.

      As Texas Foundation for the Arts is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions are tax-deductible.

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