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Help Us Celebrate the Next Ten Years of Houston Institute for Culture

Support for the Houston Museum of Culture will help these important Houston Institute for Culture programs carry on and grow in the future:

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Media Arts Programs
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MEDIA ARTS PROGRAMS



Documentary Films and Media have been presented at university campuses, HIFC facilities, art spaces and movie theaters. Among our successes are a screening of an award-winning documentary, China Blue for a mostly student audience of 900 at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall and a screening of Colores del Carnaval Dominicano for an audience of 3,000 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Many screenings on university campuses have presented films with subjects relatively unknown to college students for audiences ranging from 100 to 250. HIFC frequently presents films in venues like the historic River Oaks Theatre, with the director present for discussion or in themed film festivals, where audiences can thoroughly explore interesting and important topics. Additionally, screenings and talks by the filmmakers are presented on middle school and high school campuses.




The Artery Media Project is similar to Austin City Limits, but it takes place in a sculpture garden/house concert environment. It is more geared toward the eclectic nature of Houston's modern arts and diversity. Hundreds of performances are documented with high definition video and multi-track recording, including many of Houston Institute for Culture's own productions at The Artery. HIFC is planning further distribution of documents from the Artery Media Project's phenomenal collection through radio, television and internet.




The Digital Story Resource Center promotes community uses of digital technologies to express ideas, explore issues, tell family stories and bridge cultural divides. The center establishes effective cross-cultural communication as a result of broad interest in highly accessible digital art forms. Youth initiatives of the Digital Story Resource Center help children develop their ideas and communication skills. Community outreach efforts and public services of the center promote media literacy and accessibility. The Digital Story Resource Center is planned as the umbrella for operation of the Mobile Media Lab, production of broadcast media like Houston Story, presentation of digital media documentaries and film festivals, production assistance, and collections of archives, digital libraries and resources for educators. The center's resources presently include an archive of hundreds of thousands of documents, significant equipment for reproduction and documentation, and digital storytelling programs and curriculum for youth and community groups.




The Mobile Media Lab is capable to document and archive most any kind of story or media, from oral histories to old photographs and analogue recordings. The goal of the Mobile Media Lab is to expand to several fully staffed and equipped units to document a wealth of untold history of Houston and the region by scheduling appointments with interesting people through retirement communities, churches and community centers. The effort will significantly improve collection of public history resources and knowledge of Houston. The current operation has covered cultural and historic subjects in Mexico and New Orleans, hurricane survivor stories and local Houston artists. Some of its archives are shared with the Library of Congress.




Houston Story is a future project that will evolve out of increased activities of the Mobile Media Lab. Professional media producers will curate interesting subjects out of the documentary material produced by the media lab and create thematic series for radio and internet. As most of the content will be collected in the greater Houston area, Houston Story will focus on Houston, but appeal to national and international audiences.


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