Buffalo Soldiers National Museum • 713.942.8920

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Viet Nam Veteran and African-American military historian, Mr. Paul J. Matthews. The museum's Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Viet Nam veteran.

The Museum's Chief Docent is Trooper Arthur Joseph, a Silver Star recipient and author of the World War II book "Driving at the Edge of Death".
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum a proud member of the Houston Museum District is the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier, in the United States of America.
The Ensemble Theatre
The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-one years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder, and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.

The programs and operations of The Ensemble Theatre benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity, and culture. Its core audience is African American (90%). The Ensemble produces a Mainstage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The Ensemble's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, artist-in-residence experiences, and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre, and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for youth ages 7 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60,000 people annually.

Community Artists Collective
This nearly block long building stone building is the not-for-profit home for many African American artists, architects and their exhibits; to see exhibits and artists, schedule an appointment Tue-Sat 11a-3p; if you are lucky, visit when they are hosting a fundraising event for their new building; current site at 1501 Elgin at La Branch; 713-523-1616; http://thecollective.org
Kuumba House Dance Theatre
Kuumba House, Inc. was founded in 1982 by South African native, Lindi Yeni, as a way of educating the public about South African culture. The mission of Kuumba House is to create, teach, perform, present and preserve the cultural experience of African art forms of dance, theatre, music and other creative expression. Furthermore, Kuumba House is committed to promoting cultural diversity and multicultural collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. Kuumba House's most important community outreach is to serve youth from low-income families as well as other under-served segments of the community. Kuumba House reaches over 3,000 youth annually with their outreach programs in community centers and churches; offering dance and drumming classes and performances.

Kuumba House Dance Theatre dancers, singers and drummers bring the reverberating syncopations of South Africa with their highly charged energetic performances of traditional and contemporary ceremonial, social and folk dances! The company occasionally fuses different regional African dance styles , delivering a fresh and unique approach to the African concert dance stage. Kuumba House presents dance concerts annually, during the Harambee African Heritage Festival, the African Heritage Month, Juneteenth and during Kwanzaa; Performers range from local to international artists. Kuumba House Dance Theatre performs all over the United States and Mexico. The company has had the honor of performing for numerous Heads of State, including the Honorable Nelson Mandela. The dance company is made up of South African natives, other continental Africans and Americans. The dance company performs for and conducts residencies at elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, civic organizations,festivals, churches, wedings, conventions, conferences and numerous functions. Kuumba House's theatrical presentations in the 80's to the early 90's boasted of works by such notable writers as Thomas Meloncon, Celeste Bedford-Walker, Ntozake Shange, Ruthe Winegarten, Naomi Carrier, to mention just a few. Kuumba House has trained many artists who are making a positive impact in people's lives. Kuumba House reaches over 30,000 people annually through our classes, workshops and performances. Over the last twenty-five years, Kuumba House has touched the lives of over a million individuals. Kuumba House looks forward to starting the journey to yet another level during the next tewnty five years! The next generation of leaders will continue the legacy. 3001 Cleburne; 713-524-1079; www.kuumbahouse.org

Starving Poets
This energetic group of underground (mostly) poets is making a major impact in markets they perform; their eloquent spoken word play is rooted with conscious vibrations of edutainment for critics and fans; their resume is rolling out as they make many special appearances at marquee events, such as at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Black Heritage Festival, Juneteenth Festival, Super Bowl XXXVIII Soul Festival, and most of all their slamming Poetic House Party; check their calendar of events; 409-839-8187; www.starvingpoets.org
Project Row Houses

PRH's work is founded on the principle that art and the community that creates it can revitalize even the most depressed of inner-city neighborhoods, for the mutual good of existing and future residents. Thus, the mission of Project Row Houses is to create community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture. Inspired by the work of African-American artist Dr. John Biggers, through the power of art, PRH has established programs that encompass arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, education, historic preservation, and community service.
NASA Space Center
Bayou Place
520 Texas Ave; 713-230-1600 
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz; 713-522-1138
Houston Zoo
1513 North MacGregor in Hermann Park,
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030

The Museum is located in Hermann Park across the street from Miller Outdoor Theater with close proximity to Highways 59, 288 and the 610 Loop.
(713) 639-4629, TTY (713)639-4687
click here for Hours | http://www.hmns.org
Aquarium Downtown Houston

410 Bagby Street; 713-223-3474

American Cowboy Museum
Mollie Stevenson The more than a century-old Taylor-Stevenson several hundred acre ranch is not an idealized version of a cowboy museum; instead it is home to a special museum focusing on African American cowboys and cowgirls; you can easily spend an afternoon here; because it is a working ranch managed by the family its not a good idea to just “drop in”, please call to arrange an appointment for a tour, party, horseback riding, petting zoo, and leather craft display, expanded; 11822 Alameda in south Houston; 713-433-4441
Houston Ebony Music Society / Houston Ebony Opera Guild
A company of classical singers based on Houston's African American community and committed to the expansion of opportunities for participation in and exposure to opera, traditional Negro spirituals and other classical music genres; performance of opera, choral music and other styles year-round; Christ Church Cathedral, 117 Texas Avenue; 713-529-7664
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Street in the northeastern Downtown
Reliant Stadium

Texas Southern University
Founded in 1947 so that many African American Texans could utilize their veteran’s educational benefits; since then Hispanic Americans have also availed themselves to this tremendous educational institution; the Thurgood Marshall School of Law has graduated more than 50% of practicing African American lawyers in Texas; 100% of
a recent School of Pharmacy class passed the national pharmacy license exam; also features an upcoming School of Business on this well maintained campus (photos) of 10,000 students; world renowned artist John Biggers teaches in the School of Art named in his honor (photo); Carol H Simms Sculpture Garden in the center
of the campus is also a must visit; TSU was recently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the nation’s best universities; 3100 Cleburne Street; 713-313-7011;

Starving Poets
This energetic group showcases mostly regional poets and musicians and sometimes artists from the across the country; since they perform at many venues and you don’t want to miss their slammin Poetic House Party, be sure to check their calendar of events; 409-839-8187; http://www.starvingpoets.org

Traditional African Art Gallery

Contains a collection of African art acquired over the past four decades; composed of over 200 works from East, Central and West Africa, the collection is varied and vast enough in it scope to allow the study of true African traditions and concepts; Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne; 713-313-7149

Barbara Jordon and Mickey Leland Archives
Robert J Terry Library is home to archives which chronicle local, state, national and international achievements of TSU’s most famous alumnae who also represented the 18th District in the US Congress; Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first African American from Texas elected to the US Congress after Reconstruction; a masterful orator, debate team captain and constitutional scholar she is best remembered nationally when arguing for the impeachment of Richard Nixon and delivering the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic Convention; perhaps her greatest compliment is the respect received from arch-conservative rivals who dared not to publicly debate her; due to multiple sclerosis she retired from the US Congress after three terms in 1979; Mickey Leland (1944-1989); before he died during a humanitarian mission to Ethiopia, he filled Barbara Jordan’s seat and went on to chair the Congressional Black Caucus for the 99th US Congress; he successfully pushed for stronger sanctions that helped lead to the collapse of Apartheid; a federal office building downtown named in his honor since; TSU Campus at 3100 Cleburne Street;

Shape Community Center
A staple in the Third Ward with its indoor community programs and summer youth programs; each year the Shape is the proud coordinator of the city’s Kwanzaa Celebration and the annual Pan-African Cultural Festival attended by thousands; 3815 Live Oak; 713-521-0641

African Cultural Exchange
Founded by Nanteza Kakembo, this exchange focuses on cultural arts and educational programs between African countries and the Americas; presents history of Africa from antiquity to modern times; with children programs are accessible regardless of race or creed; Pearl of the Nile Valley performers fulfill objectives of the exchange with rites of passage, youth soccer, after-school cultural arts programs, sponsor of the Africa Day Festival in early May; 9-5pm Mon-Fri; 4101 San Jacinto, #224; 713-521-1797

Family Fun/Downtown District- Looking for something to do visit Downtown Houston 30 organizations headquartered in downtown Houston www.houstondowntown.com/home/default.asp.

Alley Theatre

One of the oldest professional theater companies in the country, as its names implies, began in an alley; no longer roughing it, the theatre has long since moved to a post-modernist structure housing two stages; the troupe was awarded a Tony Award as an outstanding regional theater; 713-228-8421

Jones Hall
Home of the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts; a venue for international solo artists, orchestras and dance companies; 713-224-7575, http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ and

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Recently opened, this iconic structure features a sweeping glass facade that faces the downtown skyline and a 2,650-seat auditorium with a star-studded ceiling, home for Theatre Under the Stars; the popular Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) troup calls it home; destined to be a popular venue for touring R&B and Jazz artists; 713-678-5440;

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston features art from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas from antiquity to the present; includes an outdoor sculpture garden, the Glassell School of Art, many temporary exhibitions and public programs, and weekly showings of Hollywood classics and foreign films; MFAH is the nations sixth largest art museum; the Straus Collection of Renaissance and 18th-century art and the Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art are superb; works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gaugin are equally inspiring; 1001 Bissonnet; 713-639-7300; http://www.mfah.org/

Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
Housed in a metal-sheathed parallelogram; changing exhibits of modern-day masters, thrill enthusiastic patrons; 5216 Montrose at Bissonnet;
713-284-8250; http://www.camh.org/

The Menil Collection
World-renowned art collectors John and Dominique de Menil, created this exceptional 15,000-piece museum of Byzantine art to the 20th-century schools of Cubism, Minimalism, Surrealist works; 1515 Sul Ross;

Freedmenstown, west of Downtown


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