As a new organization, the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund works in the greater Houston area to bring together philanthropy, artists, and community leaders. We’re both a resource network and a place where people can learn from BIPOC arts communities.
During Black History Month, the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund (BANF) extends its most profound appreciation to six pivotal African American organizations that have significantly shaped Houston’s cultural landscape.
The BIPOC Arts Network and Fund (BANF), in collaboration with Arts Connect Houston, shared the outcomes from their pioneering Arts Education Landscape Exploration Project. This initiative casts a spotlight on the evolving landscape of art education within the Greater Houston Area, with a dedicated focus on fostering the success of BIPOC students in K-12 education.
This February, Houston’s Black History Month will be marked by a series of culturally enriching events hosted by the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and the Community Artists’ Collective. These prominent institutions, recognized as ‘Houston Cultural Treasures’ by The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Arts Network and Fund (BANF), are set to offer a wide range of engaging activities for the community.
The BIPOC Arts Network and Fund’s recognition and support of Houston Cultural Treasures is essential to address the history of under-recognition and under-resourcing for these organizations.
Founded in 2020 by Kevin Barnett, CoolxDad has quickly become a vital organization that uplifts and inspires fathers, offering a range of programs and initiatives to foster strong family bonds and eradicate negative stereotypes. We recently had the opportunity to learn more about this remarkable organization and its journey, including its recognition with a BANF grant.
Few organizations stand out for their dedication and impact on music and cultural preservation. One such organization is the Galveston Heritage Chorale, founded in 1992 to preserve and promote the singing of African-American spirituals.
Michelle Anderson Bonton, Founder and Executive Director of the Harris County Cultural Arts Center (HCCAC) in Houston, Texas, shares her journey with HCCAC, its impact on the underserved BIPOC communities in Harris County
Despite the challenges faced by the BIPOC art community in Houston, a cultural transformation is quietly but powerfully unfolding, bringing together art, diversity, and unwavering dedication. In this article, we explore the journey of the Hispanic Alliance for Performing and Audiovisual Arts (HAPAA) and their inspiring testament to the transformative power of the arts in our communities.
Conversando a Través de la Poesía. also known as Conversing Through Poetry, is community-driven organization has emerged as a guiding force, nurturing and amplifying the voices of the BIPOC communities. At its helm, Julie Pujol Karel, the organization’s founder, shares an inspiring narrative that encapsulates their journey, the influence of the BANF grant, and their boundless dreams for the future.