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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Brazilian Arts Foundation has been a wonderful organization that has helped bring together people of all walks of life. I train Capoeira Luanda with Mauricio Campos, (ContraMestre Gringo) at the foundation and love the positive energy radiating throughout from the capoeira kids program to the Portuguese language classes that are offered. The Brazilian Arts Foundation is one of my favorite places to be in the city of Houston.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful institution is filled with amazing people who give everything they can to help others be happy.

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.

Previous Stories

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.

Andre A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Brazilian Arts Foundation has been around for a long time always serving and helping the Brazilian community in Houston feel a little bit closer to home.

As a Brazilian artist in Houston, the foundation has always been eager to help me promote my art and invite me to be a part of their events geared toward the Brazilian expat community in Houston.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The capoeira classes at the Brazilian Arts Foundation sounded very interesting. I asked my son and daughter if they'd like to be involved in something like what they were offering and my son was a little hesitant at first. Our first class he was blown away at what the kids in capoeira were doing. He loved it. My daughter was so excited as well. We attended a bautizado the foundation held several weeks after we had joined....and it was amazing! We were so happy we got involved with this foundation. Mauricio Campos is so caring and enthusiastic about what he does. The instructors are really enthusiastic, fun, and great with the kids. You always have a great feeling when we are at capoeira and the Brazilian Arts Foundation. Keep up the great work all!