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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Educational Services, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports

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

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

This place is an eyeopening experience that I highly recommend to anyone wishing to learn about another culture and become part of an amazing organization. It is an incredible organization.


Rating: 5

A center of learning and connection for the community and fertile ground for creativity and cultural renewal

Nicholas L.


Rating: 5

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a truly unique organization. I've been training with them and participating in their events for close to seven years. Since then I have learned a tremendous amount about Brazilian culture, engaged both my mind and body, and met amazing people from all walks of life. They do an incredible job promoting diversity, cultural awareness, and health with their public events, school programs and classes. Every time I leave an event or class I feel positive about the impact the group has made and difference I have made in my own life.

Tramaine C.


Rating: 5

Since I joined the Brazilian Arts Foundation two years ago now entering into my third year. I've had such an amazing experience with the community. I've learn alot about Capoeria and the Brazilian culture as well as learning a little portuguese along the way. I enjoy the diversity
of the organization. It don't matter if you are a beginner or advance, a CEO or Janitor, ethnicity, religionists beliefs, etc. All is appreciated and respected at the Brazilian Arts Foundation.




Rating: 5

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!!


Rating: 5

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.