BRAZILIAN ARTS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.82 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Sports

Location: 1133 E 11TH St Houston TX 77009 USA

Mission: The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural education and building community through the preservation and sharing of Brazilian culture.
Results: In 2010, the Brazilian Arts Foundation became a participant in Houston Arts Alliance's MODE Incubator Grants Program. This program provides funding, mentoring and professional assistance for three years.
Target demographics: Children, Adults, and Seniors living within the Greater Houston area.
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston
Programs: Samba classes, Capoeira classes for adults and kids, Brazilian percussion classes, Brazilian Portuguese classes for adults and kids, Capoeira summer camps, After-School Program at Kipp Sharpstown, Capoeira program at Rice University, Corporate Portuguese classes, Senior Arts Program, Free Open House Music nights, Brazilian Cuisine classes, Free Brazilian Movie nights
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 01-0589194
713. 862.3300
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a student at the Brazilian Arts Foundation for almost 5 years and have found a second family of people who are very supportive and caring of their students and programs. The growth in quality of the programs, service and facility is notorious as well as the different educational and entertainment events provided to the community. At the BAF people get to experience culture and education from many different angles from language, plastic arts and sports discipline in a family friendly environment. I am very thankful that I ran into the foundation for capoeira training because that has led me to learn a new language, to meet great people, to belong to the community and to give back to them. I also love seeing all my peers make progress and see great friendships thrive from everyone's efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to keep improving the training facility to accommodate more students for all the workshops

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an excellent place for the whole family, love the programs the provide.
They always care about the people and neighborhood.

I recommend this place to everyone...won't be disappointed !!!...excellent!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make a bigger location and parking!... Or have more location aroun the city !!..

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love the Brazilian Arts Foundation and all the work they do. .This is a great organization to be a part of first because of their dedication to maintaining the Brazilian culture alive in Houston and second because of all the work they do with the kids, the school program and the senior program. I support this organization and I am thankful for them being here is Houston and connecting the Brazilians in the area. It's really hard for us Brazilians to be away from home but it is comforting to have such a cultural center that hosts us and opens the door for us!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can already see the changes happening to Brazilian Arts Foundation. New classes are being added, more volunteer oporunities are available, more events are being hosted there. It's growing and reaching new heights! I am looking forward to everything that is happening!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a school, gym, family, and recreation center all mixed together. I say it is like a school because at the BAF I have learned enough Portuguese to converse casually with native speakers. Also, as I am a linguist and ESL teacher, this skill has increased my marketability and expertise in my field. On top of that the BAF is a place that fosters physical health. I take capoeira classes there two days a week. On top of learning the skills needed to defend myself, I get 2 weekly doses of plyometric and aerobic exercise. On the other hand, the foundation also serves as a family. I have met the vast majority of my friends either directly or indirectly through the BAF. Not only have I met friends at the foundation itself, but I have also travelled to other capoeira events with my friends from the BAF and subsequently made friends all over the world. Finally, the BAF is like a recreation center. In most major cities, it is an unfortunate trend that the only activities marketed towards adults are related to unhealthy habits like drinking. However, events such as Samba Night and Brazilian Movie night at the BAF offer other options for those of us that are tired of the meat market that the night scene in the US has become. All in all, I would like to recommend the Brazilian Arts Foundation because it is the most influential non-profit organization I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started taking class of capoeira there in 2006 and I have learned so much since then. After 3 years taking 2-3 sometimes 4 classes every week then I started teach capoeira classes for kids, for the BAF until today 5 days of the week with the same passion way I've learned. The president Mauricio Campos, also my capoeira teacher is the kind of person who has a lot of passion for the brazilian culture and that tells everything about how serious this organization is promoting Brazil throughout the culture. I always recommend to all my friends and people who are interested in learning about brazil. They do several programs in the community including art programs for seniors, music/percussion classes, portuguese classes, samba classes and other traditional brazilian dances.
I love it!!

Tony ParanĂ¡

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

:)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

A couple of years ago, a friend was taking classes here - samba, Portugese and capoiera (sp?). She was so taken with the teachers and talked about them with such fondness that I decided (after seeing a Brazilian film and falling in love with the language) to take a class. I have to agree whole-heartedly. It has felt like becoming part of a family. The Portugese teacher, Terese, has to be the most patient woman in the universe. Not only is she a gifted teacher but is also a lovely human being. The director, Mauricio, is energetic, always up-beat, kind and generous. I will finish by saying that if I win the lottery, they would be the first recipient of a donation. Since that is probably not going to happen, I will continue as a student there indefinitely!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my knowledge of Portugese-eu adoro o Brazilian Arts Foundation. And a bit of self-confidence boosting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of a thing I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Brazilian Arts Foundation has been around for a long time always serving and helping the Brazilian community in Houston feel a little bit closer to home.

As a Brazilian artist in Houston, the foundation has always been eager to help me promote my art and invite me to be a part of their events geared toward the Brazilian expat community in Houston.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Samba nights at Jones Plaza. Art Exhibitions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand in order to reach more of the Houston area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is one of those places where you walk through the door expecting one thing, and you end up getting so much more. I joined the group three and a half years ago with the sole intention of continuing my capoeira training, and since then my eyes have been opened to the incredible array of gifts this organization has to offer not only students at the studio location, but the wider community. The sense of community service embodied by Mauricio Campos and the board of directors is nothing if not laudable, and their drive to do good in the wider world is infectious.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every single moment I've spent at the organization, or whenever I've participated in programs around town.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate as much time and money as I could to help this organization grow further. Theirs is such a marvelous pursuit!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth, and internet searches

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To do more, to work harder to affect positive change in the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Brazilian Arts Foundation in August of 2009 through a co-worker at the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston. My first encounter with the Foundation was at the White Linen Night in the Heights, while they were performing a free samba show to a big audience. During the break Mauricio Campos, the director, introduced himself to me, and I immediately felt his positive energy and passion for what he does.

A week later, I joined the Capoeira beginner class, and have been involved with the Foundation ever since. When you walk into the cultural center you can feel the happiness in the air, and the great attitude everyone has, from the Portuguese class teacher to the Samba students.

The Foundation is involved in their commitment and involvement with the Community but their commitment and involvement with the Community wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the generosity of grants and donations that they receive.

The Foundation gained a spot at the very prestigious Houston Arts Alliance Incubator Program, which only 10 organizations are part of, and is recognized and supported by the Consulate General of Brazil and the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.

I started as a student, became a volunteer, and I am now a Board Member of the Foundation. I can honestly say that the passion that Mauricio has has been transferred not only to me, but also to all members of the Board, instructors, teacher, students and volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their commitment and involvement with the Community, their growth as a non-profit organization, and the positive attitude about life that I gained once I joined the Foundation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help the Foundation receive the recognition they deserve, and increase their donors list.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a co-worker at the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Introduce more educational programs, such as a Portuguese class for children, and organize their first Gala.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Build a Cultural Center/school that will be recognized by the Department of Education.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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