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!
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.
The primary reason that I became active with the Brazilian Arts Foundation was because the organization shows such a passion for MAKING THE ARTS ACCESSIBLE to everyone in the community. I've witnessed the BAF host more community-oriented activities and events -- many of which are free -- in an average month than many organizations do in a year. The BAF embraces a well-rounded and egalitarian approach to the arts, from teaching capoeira in the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) to screening Brazilian cinema at the monthly Movie Night. The BAF takes pride in putting every donated dollar right back into the Houston community.