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Review for Russian Cultural Center “OUR TEXAS”, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Attended many cultural functions at the gallery including watching films I had wanted to see for years.