RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTER “OUR TEXAS”

Rating: 4.72 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 2337 Bissonnet St Houston TX 77005 USA

Mission: Our mission is to celebrate, share and promote Russian cultural awareness, as well as cultural awareness of the former Soviet Union republics, for the enrichment of our Texas community. To accomplish our mission we provide various cultural, educational and social services. At RCC we believe that a community is enriched by diverse cultural contributions. Thus, all of our events seek to foster and facilitate a cross-cultural exchange.
Geographic areas served: Texas
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-0251108
713-395-3301
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I think the Russian Cultural Center is a splendid organization; more people in Houston and its environs should be aware of the RCC programs. They cater to both Russian and non-Russian speakers and include the fields of music (classical, folk, popular) art, history, poetry and film. I cannot recommend them highly enough to all who are interested in these fields. Isabelle Ganz

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

seeing films that would not otherwise be available and hearing Russian musicians perform. In addition, one staff member helped me pronounce a Russian song for my voice student!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendly staff and the high level of its artistic presentations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Please see above.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a large building; hire a full-time public relations person; build an endowment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

RCC "Our Texas" is a small but vibrant cultural center. Periodically it hosts concerts, exhibitions, lectures - all in great taste and variety.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's good taste!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and eager

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Great experience. Very proactive, mobile, open minded, easy to work with people. They provide if you need it. Communication is their strongest point.

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

KSP activities

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

give them money

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Proactiveness, willingness to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Just great people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

..... make a difference

Ways to make it better...

They have larger building

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

insufficient funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

they need more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a resident of Kingwood, which distance from its location Downtown, prevents me to be able to take part to all the venues offered by the "Russian Cultural Center"! I was never disappointed during my numerous attendance to its unique lectures, films and concerts! Often times, when RCC scheduled venue is conflicting with other Russian venues, poses me a very hard choice, which one to go to!

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

My last experience ,was the Glinka musical celebration. Which not only acquainted me and others of Glinka's role in Russian musical history and his music from his operas, and a live Singer, to sing his immortal Romances! A rare evening, worth remember!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Russian Cultural Center (RCC) is a well-administered and vibrant non-profit with the unique role of providing both Russian-speaking and non Russian-speaking Houstonians with a large number of intelligent, useful and varied programs. As a founding member of this young organization, I have marveled at the growth and direction of RCC and its contributions to the cultural and intellectual enrichment of children and adults, Russian and non-Russian, briefly, its contribution to Houston as a go-to destination for quality of life unparalled in our region. One would need to travel to New York or Washington DC to access the quality and variety of programs provided by RCC

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

newspaper published by RCC Nash Texas art exhibitions lectures performances sponsored cultural events

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

well-run organization operated on a shoe-string budget by intelligent, informed and dedicated personnel

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, informed and dedicated personnel

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make enormous cultural, intellectual and quality of life contributions to the City of Houston

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am so glad the Russian Cultural Center is open to everyone. I am not Russian, but found out about the RCC through their website and emails. I have attended several of their musical events and documentary film events. I have learned from these experiences and have throughly enjoyed their programs. I try to get my tickets early because they are a small venue and do tend to fill up quickly. Through their programs I have learned about Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky. RCC is a true gem! I am delighted to have discovered it. My friends and I are looking forward to their Prokofiev documentary program next week!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are open to all people. I am not Russian, but have enjoyed their program immensely.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Russian Cultural Center, called "Our Texas" in honor of the new home for Houston's many Russian emigres, appeared out of the blue one fine day, in a small, elegant little art gallery on Bissonnette, to offer access to a slice of history and culture which had been entirely missing from the Houston scene. In its first year it made available to the Houston public, extraordinary films about Soviet and Russian greats who had made a major impact on world culture - Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, to name two - an astonishing documentary of Glen Gould's earth-shaking tour to the Soviet Union, and other memorable films of Russian history and politics. The Center has exhibited contemporary Russian sculpture and art not available anywhere else in Houston and has given us the pleasure of experiencing Russian music played in an intimate setting on a lovely piano donated by Maestro Hans Graff, the Music Director of the Houston Symphony. This cultural center is a little gem which has added in a big way to the pleasure of living in Houston. Nora Avins Klein, M. D.

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

Its presentation of important films and elegant concerts

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

They are doing just fine without my ideas. They know what is needed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The high quality of events and the people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Gracious, accommodating and accomplished.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get a bigger space.

Ways to make it better...

There was more space to socialize.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

More space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am deeply happy this organization appeared in Houston.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I come to see great perfomances and films dedicated to Russian musical culture, cinematography, and other artistic ventures. These events are well-organized, have a comforting personalized atmosphere, and occur on regular basis. Outstanding pianists and vocalists perform at RCC "Our Texas" sharing the best pieces of Russian cultural heritage. I am recommending RCC to everyone I know.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well-educated, knowledgeable, community-oriented group of people. I highly value these features because they ensure the high quality of the work done by RCC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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