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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Heather P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started 2 years ago and as soon as I came I made friends and found a family. Once you come into this foundation you are greeted with not only welcoming people but also by a wealth of knowledge about a beautiful culture. I am so glad I found them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love it, being training there since 2017 and I enjoy overtime. There are so much culture and diversity that speaks very much with the Houston community.

Thanks Brazilian Arts Foundation. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 Paraná

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place and these people. Such a rich group of talented artists, musicians, athletes, and humans. Their work brings great art and culture to the community. Many families love the Capoeira classes, and Mauricio makes extra effort to help kids with special needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a wonderful place to experience Brazilian culture. They provide Portuguese language lessons, as well as Capoeira and dance classes. My 10 year old daughter and I have been taking Capoeira classes here for 4 or 5 years, and we love the inclusive and welcoming spirit of the place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compassionate people serving the community by promoting good health, and culture to everyone who comes to the foundation, to senior centers and at various school programs across Houston. Genuinely good people actually doing good. I have volunteered to help teach classes at after school programs at different elementary schools around town, I have performed at various festivals around the city and I have also continued to be a student myself of language and movement at the studio for the past ten years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started taking capoeira a little more than a year ago and despite having two left feet, I keep coming back. The classes are amazing; Gringo's patience, energy, and sense of humor throughout the class makes it a great way to end the day. My fellow classmates are friendly, helpful and welcoming. Brazilian Arts Foundation is definitely an asset to the Houston community. So glad I found this place!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been training capoeira at Brazilian Arts Foundation for over 3 years. Training here is my escape from all the everyday obstacles of juggling work and parenting. I love entering the doors of BAF for it feels like home. I have made wonderful friends and have had many opportunities to help contribute to the Houston community through all of their outreach programs. The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a very noble and culturally enriching organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place for Brazilian culture and a vibrant, welcoming community of people from all over. Love the capoeira and dance classes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent group! I have participated in capoeira classes, samba classes, portuguese classes, as well as attended many of the free public events such as movie nights and open house music nights. The programs and people at the BAF have created a sense of community where I've felt comfortable trying things that I never would have imagined doing. The friends I've made and the things I've learned at the BAF have become a central part of my life. What separates the BAF for me from other organizations is the warm sense of community they provide. I came wanting to learn capoeira - and got that and much more - language, music, culture, and friendships.

Daniela C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is the only link we have with our country here in Houston.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved away less than 2 years ago and I still think of and remember the BAF fondly. They were, they are and they always will be a family to me. It does not matter how long I am gone, I always feel welcomed. I have learned so much from capoeira and from Gringo. I will always remember when Gringo said, "you will get as much out of it as you put in". And so it has been true for capoeira and in life. I have learned amazing lessons that I always carry with me. I would recommend the Foundation in a heart beat for all subjects. The instructors are all professionals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Capoiera while we were living in France. We started practicing together just for fun. When I returned to Houston, I learned about the Brazilian Art Foundation and I decided to start training with the a professional instructor. I really enjoy gringo's teaching style and all the references to real life. My favorite quote: "you get out of it what you put in". Same is true for life.
I have made a few new friends and I feel like I am part of a new family. Houston is lucky to have such a wonderful organization and their dedication to the community makes it even more special.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned so much more about capoeira in my first few months at BAF than I did in the previous year at another school. The emphasis placed on the culture and history make the experience so much more stimulating and fulfilling, and the instructors are extremely talented, helpful and passionate about what they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been taking classes (capoeira and samba) here for over 6 years and can’t say enough about the positive impact it has made on my life. The instructors are passionate about their craft and passing on their knowledge, history, and love for capoeira to the students. In all the years I’ve been taking lessons there I’ve never had a class end early, but often go past the end time. The atmosphere is one of family, with everyone helping each other to improve. If you are interested in improving your overall health, core strength, and flexibility in a great atmosphere, this is the place to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! No matter what your age or ability level they have a program for you. The atmosphere is great and everyone is treated as family. If you want to improve your health and well being there is no better place I know.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I took Portuguese classes there for a number of years. While languages arent really my thing as i am a numbers guy, the classes were very good. The teachers were passionate and committed. I can pretty much read and understand the written language at this point. Speaking it not so good but really my fault.

Mr Campos does a good job overall for a small non profit.

Been to the festival for a number of years and volunteer each year at the admission booth. Always a good experience.

have also been to music and movie nights and are entertaining.

If anyone is interested in Brazil this is a good place to go. However do not expect it to be a Brazilian Community Center for Houston. Thats not what it is and probably not expected to be.

Client Served

Rating: 1

This foundation are not what they advertise they are. I am extremely disappointed with the quality of services provided when they are provided , because out of nowhere lessons will be canceled without notice and you drive all the way there to find the doors all locked and nobody there.
The studio floor is filthy dirty and classes ; capoeira and dance always start late and finish earlier .....
The Portuguese language class is a complete waste of time . You won't learn anything and the material presented is of very poor quality. If you have been to a real language school before you will soon realize that even Rosetta Stone has a better teaching method than this place.
These Portuguese classes will definitely not prepare you to go to Brazil or even speak the most basic Portuguese. They are also not honest about payment, sometimes you pay and they will say that you didn't.
Everything they teach there is taught just half way because they don't have qualified staff member . The place is poorly administrated and the owner was rude to me when I requested my money back.

I will never comeback there and do not recommend this non profit organization. Save yourself some money and stress GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's enough going on at the BAF to keep a person busy for years. I have taken capoeira here for over a year now. Capoeira is excellent physical exercise, but the warm, welcoming, supportive people involved with the BAF are what keeps me coming back.

Zayd C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love capoeira And portugués ¡....highly recommend. ,!!!



Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome programs and events for the whole family. Got to met and make some lifetime friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!