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
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.