Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Houston Arts and Media

  • Houston, TX
  • http://www.houstonartsandmedia.org

Mission Statement

Houston Arts and Media's mission is simple. We help film makers, script writers, authors, and other local talent create better and more innovative ways to teach both children and adults about history, science, literature, and the world.

Main Programs

  1. The Birth of Texas Series
  2. HAM Slices
  3. Home Front: Texas in WWII
  4. Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Project
  5. Stand Up Story

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Service Areas

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Texas

We develop educational media for Texas and Southeast Texas.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director/Founder

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Mike Vance

Keywords

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history and historical programs preservation educational programs media and communications film and video

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EIN

20-3312964

 Number

6700066679

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Program 1

The Birth of Texas Series

The Birth of Texas Documentary Series is a multi-part series of feature length documentaries that air on PBS and are used in Texas classrooms. They chronicle the journey from Spanish Texas, along the road to Revolution, through the days of the Republic and on to statehood. The videos not only explore the complete stories of the military actions at the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto including recent breakthroughs in scholarship and archaeology, but also the roles played by Tejanos, American settlers, filibusterers, enslaved African-Americans, European immigrants and foreign governments in shaping the story of our state. Documentaries in the Birth of Texas Series will revolve around San Felipe de Austin, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Goliad, the Alamo, San Jacinto, Houston and Austin. Each tells not only the stories of what happened there, but explores the broader themes that existed in Texas of the early 19th century and grounding them in recognizable historical contex

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$220,000.00

Program 2

HAM Slices

History is more than a recitation of names and dates. At its core, it’s the story of how people lived. These videos, approximately a minute in length, combine historic photographs, new footage, music and narration into a mini-documentary about a slice of Houston area history. With each new slice coming every two weeks or so, you’ll learn more about where The Bayou City’s working class residents worked and how they had fun. You’ll share their triumphs and their heartbreaks. You’ll learn stories behind some of the names you see everyday. Above all, these little documentaries will help you gain a greater understanding about Houston’s past, whether glorious or not, in an fun and accessible format. These videos are funded in part with a grant from Houston Endowment, Inc.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$80,000.00

Program 3

Home Front: Texas in WWII

The home front during World War II summons memories of drives for war bonds,scrap metal and rationing of sugar, meat and shoes. To be sure, it was a time that included all of those sacrifices and more. It was also, however, the beginning of a shift that would change Texas from rural to urban as half a million Texans moved to cities to fill industrial jobs. Those industries were thriving from the war effort. Manufacturing in Texas quadrupled during WWII. Pipelines, refineries and petrochemicals blossomed on the upper Gulf Coast, and factories in the Metroplex churned out aircraft. The state was home to a myriad of military bases. Scattered around Texas was the largest number of German prisoner of war camps in the United States. This film is the fascinating, multi-layered story of soldiers, sailors and civilians selflessly working to fulfill a patriotic duty. It's also politicians, civil rights, and young love. It is a story 70 years old that resonates in the making of modern Texas

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 4

Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Project

The N2N project is designed to gather citywide oral histories from long-time Houstonians of all walks of life and all levels of economic status. The goal of the project is to uncover the intimate stories of the neighborhood history of Houston to enrich the books we are developing for our other project, the Houston Neighborhood Series. N2N depends on the development of a large pool of volunteer interviewers who identify and interview the longtime Houstonians in their neighborhoods.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$92,700.00

Program 5

Stand Up Story

This documentary film is a history of stand-up comedy in Houston with an emphasis on the heady years of the 1980s when The Comedy Workshop at San Felipe and Shepherd was one of the hottest clubs in the country, producing stars like Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, Janeane Garafalo, Brett Butler and a host of memorable characters who reminisce in what might be one of the funniest true documentaries ever.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$90,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

We develop educational media for Texas and Southeast Texas.

Funding Needs

Like many non-profit organizations, our most pressing needs involve funding to expand our capacity. We would like to continue our popular HAM Slices of History that are used on KUHT-TV and in schools, and need roughly $40,000 for the next two volumes. Our Home Front: Texas in WWII documentary still has a shortfall of $97,000. We also would like to create an administrative assistant position, part-time, at a cost of $25,000.

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Executive Director/Founder

Mike Vance

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director/Founder

"The goal at HAM has always been to use innovative and fresh approaches to bring life to history, the arts, science or whatever our educational subjects might be. Other associated non-profits often compliment our work as "making the topic fun", and that is precisely our goal. We want to leave a lasting impression on our viewers, readers and participants through our varied programs. We are also very fortunate to be able to follow our business model with a hard-working board who all provide hands-on services to the ongoing work of Houston Arts and Media."

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BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Mike Vance

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