Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas

  • Houston, TX
  • www.ourtx.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to celebrate, share and promote Russian cultural awareness, as well as cultural awareness of the former Soviet Union republics, for the enrichment of our Texas community. To accomplish our mission we provide various cultural, educational and social services. At RCC we believe that a community is enriched by diverse cultural contributions. Thus, all of our events seek to foster and facilitate a cross-cultural exchange.

Main Programs

  1. The photo exhibition "Inner Space of War. Siege of Leningrad"
  2. Spring Celebration 2014
  3. Fotofest 2014
  4. Used Book Fair 2013
  5. Victory Day
  6. Documentary Festival 2014
  7. "Allies. 70 Years of Victory" Photo Exhibition
  8. Annual Book Fair
  9. “Summer Nudes” Art Exhibition by Olga Porter and Oleg Zakomorny
  10. Constructivist Mural - Public Art Project

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Service Areas

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International

Houston, Texas, USA. But we organize some events in other Texas cities (Austin, Dallas, College Station, Alabama Couchata Indian reservation next to Livingston).

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Sophia Grinblat

Keywords

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russian, language classes, KSP, art, exhibit, documentary, film, festival, music, performance

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Also Known As

RCC "Our Texas"

EIN

20-0251108

 Number

7670995521

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Art Museums (A51)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

The photo exhibition "Inner Space of War. Siege of Leningrad"

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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$30,200.00

Program 2

Spring Celebration 2014

It becomes our tradition to invite Houston public and visitors of the city to celebrate the end of winter in style of Russian folk holiday. We offer delicious home-made bliny or Russian pancakes, which symbolize the sun. Also on sale will be another traditional Russian food - savory piroshky. The guests will have a chance to purchase original hand-made Russian souvenirs.

“Flying Balalaika Brothers”, the popular group from Austin, will provide the entertainment. The group plays various music: from Russian folk to bluegrass, country and rock. Their lively performance would leave no one unmoved. This year we will introduce to our guests a folk choir “Sudarushka”. Vadim Angerov, the well-known Houston musician will accompany them on the button accordion.

There also will be special activities for children.

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Program 3

Fotofest 2014

Born in 1973, Gennady Meergus has been a photographer since childhood. He currently resides in Israel. Gennady has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, and the US; among them was a solo show at the Bauhaus Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Gennady's art was shown as a part of the Photovisa festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his personal exhibition at RCC in 2011.
The series “City in Mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. While photographing its streets, walls, inhabitants, and surroundings for the last 12 years, Gennady looked at it as one living and aging organism, a 900-year old person of philosophic mentality. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars. “I feel like I'm witnessing just several random short moments in a long and mysterious life,” says Gennady Meergus.

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Program 4

Used Book Fair 2013

We will be offering hundreds of gently used fiction, non-fiction, mystery, travel, and cookbooks in Russian and English for children and adults. Our book sale is always a huge success with avid readers and connoisseurs of history and all things Russian.

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Program 5

Victory Day

This year all of mankind will celebrate a great anniversary: 60 years since the victory against Nazi Germany in World War II. May 9 will be a big holiday for the Russian community and for everybody who remembers that day. Also Houston mayor Bill White announced this year as the year of Russia in Houston.
Russian Cultural Center Our Texas is organizing an exhibition of Texas Russian artists. It will be a major part of the upcoming Russian activities in Houston. The exhibition will take place at JCC’s Joe Frank Theater on April 20 – May 11.

This exhibition will present a big variety of talented Russian artists that live in the United States and in Russia. We hope that this art show will prove one more time that art is always international and helps our countries better understand each other.

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas is also going to organize a concert devoted to Victory Day and to our veterans (most of them live in Goldberg tower).

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Program 6

Documentary Festival 2014

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Program 7

"Allies. 70 Years of Victory" Photo Exhibition

This exhibition consists of photographs taken during WWII by various Soviet photojournalists. One part of it will feature photos from the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These photographs depict political figures of the highest rank, such as President Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. These photos emphasize diplomatic efforts of Russia, United States, Great Britain and France during the war. They will be presented at the gallery of the Houston Public Library – Downtown.

The other part of the exhibit is a collection of photos by a famous Soviet photographer, Samariy Gurariy. Gurariy documented major events and figures of the Soviet era and is noted as being Stalin’s favorite photographer at the time of the Yalta Conference. He is also known for his work as a prominent front line military photographer. His WWII images will be shown at RCC’s CaviArt Gallery.

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Commemorative Events

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Program 8

Annual Book Fair

This is an annual event open to the entire community. We offer Russian- and English-language books on various topics, including the arts, culture, film, children's literature, and more.

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Literature

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Program 9

“Summer Nudes” Art Exhibition by Olga Porter and Oleg Zakomorny

"Summer Nudes" celebrates the mystery of youth and the power of life. The subject is young nude women painted from life. All of the models are local to Houston.The exhibit will be displayed at the Russian Cultural Center gallery from June 18 to July 20, 2015.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

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Program 10

Constructivist Mural - Public Art Project

Fundraising is underway for the Russian Cultural Center's mural project. The Constructivist-style mural by Houston-based Russian artist Maksim Koloskov will cover two walls of the RCC building. The design incorporates the skylines of Moscow and Houston as well as the traditional Russian nesting doll (matryoshka), embodying our goal of making Russian culture known among the inhabitants of Houston. The mural will provide an attractive, artistic landmark in the heart of Houston's vibrant Museum District that will bring visitors to the City of Houston.

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Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

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Service Areas

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International

Houston, Texas, USA. But we organize some events in other Texas cities (Austin, Dallas, College Station, Alabama Couchata Indian reservation next to Livingston).

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Russian Cultural Center Our Texas

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Sophia Grinblat

BIO

Sophia Grinblat is the founding director and the president of the RCC. Mrs. Grinblat came to Houston in 1990 from Russia and since then has been deeply involved in the life of the local Russian speaking community. Working as an editor of the Russian newspaper Our Texas, she discovered that many brilliant talents from the former Soviet Union remain utterly unknown to the Texas audience. To fill this gap in knowledge of the Russian culture, Sophia decided to create a unique venue where Russian culture would meet the Texas community.

Through her previous business relationships with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Foundation, Arlington Ballet, Kimbell Art Museum, Society of the Performing Arts and many other art organizations in Texas, Sophia founded the Russian Cultural Center and named it "Our Texas" after the already well known Russian publication.

Sophia is the integral part of our organization with supreme influence behind the diversity of Russian cultural events in Texas.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"RCC Our Texas is dedicated to enrich the Houston community by adding to its diversity through the promotion of Russian culture. We aim to do so by holding exhibitions, events, musical evenings, discussions, and film screenings at our center that are connected to or revolve around Russian culture. We present most everything in English in order to engage a broader community, not just Russian speakers. The one exception to this is our film screenings; however, these are subtitled. In addition, we provide Russian language classes for children, as well as adults; dance and yoga classes, and art classes.

One of our main challenges is improving the organization's outreach. To do so, we conduct assertive social media campaigns, publicize our events in local media and online, and network in our community (Houston's West University/Museum District area). We would like to become a Houston institution that stands out in people's minds, both for our mission and our presentation. As such, we would like to beautify the center in order to draw both Houstonians and tourists to a sort of 'landmark' just outside the Museum District. We need funding for that and are currently initiating a campaign on www.causes.com. However, we need more support to make this dream a reality."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Igor Alexander

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