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Kinder Foundation The mission of the Kinder Foundation is to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life. A family foundation of Rich and Nancy Kinder.

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We love seeing all the wildlife Memorial Park Conservancy! Our friends at Nelson Byrd Woltz spotted this little turtle e...
06/09/2021

We love seeing all the wildlife Memorial Park Conservancy! Our friends at Nelson Byrd Woltz spotted this little turtle exploring Eastern Glades and we had to share.
Photo credit: Jeff Aten of Nelson Byrd Woltz

We love seeing all the wildlife Memorial Park Conservancy! Our friends at Nelson Byrd Woltz spotted this little turtle exploring Eastern Glades and we had to share.
Photo credit: Jeff Aten of Nelson Byrd Woltz

With the start of June, we find ourselves in hurricane season once again. United Way of Greater Houston has compiled thi...
06/07/2021

With the start of June, we find ourselves in hurricane season once again. United Way of Greater Houston has compiled this page of useful resources and preparedness suggestions, including plenty of links and helpful tips.

Hurricane season has officially started, and, as always, preparation is the best defense against a disaster. Make sure you and your family are prepared by visiting and sharing our collection of information and resources to help you, your family, and our community prepare for a disaster at www.unitedwayhouston.org/work/disaster/disaster-preparedness.

We join in adding our best wishes and congratulations to all the teachers and students who have turned a trying time int...
06/03/2021

We join in adding our best wishes and congratulations to all the teachers and students who have turned a trying time into a successful school year. Celebrate your achievements and enjoy your summer!

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 graduates! We are so proud of our Houston students for their hard work and perseverance throughout such a challenging year. Congrats on your incredible accomplishment! #Classof2021

“With these trails you see parts of the city that are off the radar for Houstonians who don’t live there,” said (Guy) Ha...
06/01/2021
Bayou Greenways Park opens this week as part of master plan for greener Houston

“With these trails you see parts of the city that are off the radar for Houstonians who don’t live there,” said (Guy) Hagstette, an avid cyclist. “They’ve transformed my idea of what Houston is — how beautiful it can be.”

Read on for more of the formative history of Bayou Greenways 2020 and what to expect from the recently opened Bayou Greenways Park.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Bayou-Greenways-Park-opens-this-week-as-part-of-16204438.php#photo-21042849

It’s part of a larger, more ambitious project that has spanned nearly 10 years and is...

Always a happy day to see the hard work, creativity, and dedication behind a SPARK School Park Program brought to life f...
05/28/2021

Always a happy day to see the hard work, creativity, and dedication behind a SPARK School Park Program brought to life for eager students. Wishing them lots of fun with their new park!

Less than a month to go until the official grand opening of the Law Harrington Senior Living Center.  It has been incred...
05/26/2021

Less than a month to go until the official grand opening of the Law Harrington Senior Living Center. It has been incredible to witness this building take shape, knowing the profound and positive impact it will have for so many.

What? Did we say Grand Opening? We most certainly did! Join us on Thursday, June 24 as we celebrate the official opening of the Law Harrington Senior Living Center, the largest, LGBTQ-affirming, affordable senior living center in the nation. Read our press release and save the date: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lgbtq-affirming-law-harrington-senior-living-center-is-open-301277401.html
#LGBTQ #SeniorsRock

"We are excited to begin construction on this new Sims Bayou Greenway segment as it is an essential connector for commun...
05/21/2021
New construction begins on Sims Bayou Greenway

"We are excited to begin construction on this new Sims Bayou Greenway segment as it is an essential connector for communities at opposite ends of I-45,” said Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board. “As part of Bayou Greenways 2020, our goal is to bring Houstonians closer together and strengthen communities in innovative ways. We are thankful to all our project partners for making this key connection a reality.”
Read on at the link below for full details of this new trail project.
https://cw39.com/weather/new-construction-begins-on-sims-bayou-greenway/

New segment to provide key connection for communities east and west of I-45 HOUSTON (CW39) The Houston Parks Board, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Botanic Garden, Perry Homes, Har…

Were you one of the 280,000 visitors to the Hermann Park Railroad last year?  A sunny day this summer would be the perfe...
05/19/2021

Were you one of the 280,000 visitors to the Hermann Park Railroad last year? A sunny day this summer would be the perfect time to continue this much-loved Houston tradition.

Did you know that this past year over 280,000 people have ridden on the #HermannPark Railroad? That's more than entire population of Lubbock, TX! Houston > Lubbock

#TRAINFACTS

Viewed in the sunshine and fresh air, there is something undeniably special about art in the outdoors. Discovery Green i...
05/17/2021

Viewed in the sunshine and fresh air, there is something undeniably special about art in the outdoors. Discovery Green is currently hosting 13 murals throughout the park to enhance you visit and inspire your day. Find your favorite!

There are currently 13 amazing murals at Discovery Green! The Houston artists chosen for the project are: Melissa Aytenfisu, Betirri, Hannah Bull, DUAL, Empire, Max Guarnaccia, Kill Joy, Gelson D. Lemus (w3r3on3), Chelsea Mariah, Renee Martinez, Meenr, Amol Saraf and Usagi Wasabi. Check out their amazing work and share your visit with us by using #discoverygreen

Countdown to another anticipated restaurant opening within The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Kinder Building. Le Jardinie...
05/14/2021
MFAH's New Michelin-Star Restaurant Has an Opening Date

Countdown to another anticipated restaurant opening within The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Kinder Building. Le Jardinier will make its debut May 18, following last month's opening of Café Leonelli. Positioned on the west side of the building, the space features a commissioned tapestry by Trenton Doyle Hanckock and floor to ceiling windows. Read on for more of what makes this space special.

https://www.houstoniamag.com/eat-and-drink/2021/04/mfah-le-jardinier-opening-date

The highly anticipated Le Jardinier will open in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Kinder Building.

Cheers to the Memorial Park Conservancy Forestry team and Trees For Houston on successfully planting 780 new trees in th...
05/12/2021

Cheers to the Memorial Park Conservancy Forestry team and Trees For Houston on successfully planting 780 new trees in the Clay Family Eastern Glades. Their five days of hard work will provide generations of natural beauty and environmental benefits.

Have you heard the news about the new Trees For Houston campus? From the onsite tree nursery to the education center, th...
05/07/2021
Trees for Houston branches out to Garden Oaks thanks to $3 million Kinder grant

Have you heard the news about the new Trees For Houston campus? From the onsite tree nursery to the education center, there is much to look forward to! Read on here https://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/04-22-21-trees-for-houston-3-million-grant-new-building-kinder-foundation-richard-kinder-nancy/

Houston’s unofficial benefactors have planted quite a seed for a local nonprofit. Nancy and Richard Kinder, through their Kinder Foundation, have gifted Trees for Houston $3 million for a new campus, ...

Look at all that green! It is incredible to see the impact of parks and greenspace on Houston's landscape from a bird's ...
05/05/2021

Look at all that green! It is incredible to see the impact of parks and greenspace on Houston's landscape from a bird's eye view.

Newest shot from Lifted Up Aerial Photography. Making sure they get our good side. 💁

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 11 as Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research hosts their Lunch-Out 202...
05/03/2021
Kinder Institute Lunch-Out 2021

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 11 as Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research hosts their Lunch-Out 2021 online. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the findings of 40th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey - tracking the city's progress in the areas of education, equality and other critical topics - and then join in the conversation themselves via breakout room sessions. The event is free and open to all - register here https://kinder.rice.edu/events/kinder-institute-lunch-out-2021

Honoring Bob Eury | Featuring Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg

Time to show that hometown pride, Houston! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Nancy and Rich Kinder Building is currently ...
04/30/2021
Vote - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Best New Museum Nominee: 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

Time to show that hometown pride, Houston! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Nancy and Rich Kinder Building is currently in the running for USA Today 10Best Reader's Choice in the category of Best New Museum. You can vote once daily until polling closes May 10th - results will be announced on the 10Best website May 21.
https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-museum-2021/the-museum-of-fine-arts-houston-houston/

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Vote for your favorite new museum in the USA!

#ConfluenceHOU is complete and it is stunning! You can find this vivid celebration of Houston's bayous and birds at the ...
04/29/2021

#ConfluenceHOU is complete and it is stunning! You can find this vivid celebration of Houston's bayous and birds at the confluence of White Oak Bayou Greenway and Buffalo.

Congratulations to Kinder Foundation's Patra Brannon-Isaac! Patra has been named as one of Houston Business Journal's 40...
04/26/2021
HBJ names 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 honorees - Houston Business Journal

Congratulations to Kinder Foundation's Patra Brannon-Isaac! Patra has been named as one of Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 honorees for 2021. Anyone who knows Patra is familiar with the creativity, drive, and dedication she brings to her work. We applaud her for this well-deserved recognition and are proud to have her on our team.
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2021/04/21/hbj-names-40-under-40-class-of-2021-honorees.html?ana=e_hstn_bn_breakingnews_breakingnews&j=90557622&t=Breaking%20News&mkt_tok=NjczLVVXWS0yMjkAAAF8lI6TJ4xKL-Us41Euq2AG_qPOvWpHxHfMWBQU48EtdBr_dPXQAaRrIgir92oJ--Np5X_5fcxFydhK_Np-pvrbXaTK-u5aZ6RugQWdK6FJH3hAX3t9GQ4

Houston, here are your 40 Under 40 honorees for 2021. More than half are founders, co-founders, owners or CEOs of their respective businesses or organizations.

As we celebrate Earth Day, there is good news to share from Trees For Houston! Read on below for a look back at the orga...
04/22/2021
Trees for Houston has planted 600,000 trees. Now, the nonprofit is growing with a new campus.

As we celebrate Earth Day, there is good news to share from Trees For Houston! Read on below for a look back at the organization’s long-running efforts in making Houston a greener, healthier, and more welcoming city; their purposeful goals for the future; and just released details on their exciting new home, the Trees for Houston Kinder Campus. The campus, soon to begin construction, is set to include an office, education center and tree nursery.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/home-garden/article/Trees-for-Houston-has-planted-600-000-trees-now-16119432.php

Trees for Houston has been a crucial force in Houston’s efforts to temper a hunger for...

We are delighted to introduce you to Aarti Garehgrat, our Director of Finance, on the blog this month. Read on for more ...
04/21/2021
Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Aarti Garehgrat - Kinder Foundation

We are delighted to introduce you to Aarti Garehgrat, our Director of Finance, on the blog this month. Read on for more on what Aarti enjoys most about her work with this “thorough but fast” organization, her sense of pride at seeing projects fulfilled, and even a few insights on the best way to spend a weekend in Houston.
https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/get-to-know-the-kinder-foundation-team-aarti-garehgrat/

Over the past several months, we have highlighted the talents, interests, and backgrounds of Kinder Foundation team members. They are the subject matter experts ensuring the Kinder Foundation mission is carried out with intention, diligence, and integrity. Today we introduce you to Aarti Garehgrat,....

The clock is ticking on your last week to visit Carmen Herrera's "Estructuras Monumentales" in Buffalo Bayou Park. This ...
04/19/2021

The clock is ticking on your last week to visit Carmen Herrera's "Estructuras Monumentales" in Buffalo Bayou Park. This standout exhibition will wrap at the end of this week. Don't miss your chance to take in these bold sculptures set along the downtown skyline.

Today is the day! Café Leonelli with its lineup of traditional Italian cuisine (complete with espresso and tempting dess...
04/16/2021
Menus | Cafe Leonelli in Houston, TX

Today is the day! Café Leonelli with its lineup of traditional Italian cuisine (complete with espresso and tempting desserts) opens today in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Check the link for hours and menus to help you imagine all the possibilities!

https://www.cafeleonelli.com/menus/

See the menu for Cafe Leonelli in Houston, TX. Open Daily for Italian Dishes!

Have you been to visit Discovery Green's renovated playground yet? While today may be a little gray, we hope you will co...
04/14/2021
Introducing Discovery Green's new playground - Kinder Foundation

Have you been to visit Discovery Green's renovated playground yet? While today may be a little gray, we hope you will consider a trip to the park for sunnier days ahead! Check out our Q&A with park president Barry Mandel to learn more about the renovation and the meaningful ways Discovery Green creates a space which embraces Houston’s diversity and sense of community.
https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/introducing-discovery-greens-new-playground/

After a long wait, Discovery Green is celebrating the opening of a more than $2.3 million dollar renovation of the park’s popular John P. McGovern Playground. While the upgrade was complete in August 2020, COVID restrictions required the playground to remain closed to visitors – until now. While...

What better time to celebrate a park in Houston than in the spring? Cheers to SPARK Park of the Month, Braeburn Elementa...
04/12/2021

What better time to celebrate a park in Houston than in the spring? Cheers to SPARK Park of the Month, Braeburn Elementary. You can visit SPARK School Park Program on Facebook for more on this special place.

SPARK Park of the Month! All month we will feature Braeburn Elementary’s SPARK Park.
Photo by Tom Callins

#spark #yourspark #hou #houston #houstonparks #houstongreen #greenhouston #houstonisd

Did you know April is Earth Month? As part of the celebration, Hermann Park Conservancy has issued an ambitious voluntee...
04/08/2021
Earth Month | Hermann Park Conservancy

Did you know April is Earth Month? As part of the celebration, Hermann Park Conservancy has issued an ambitious volunteer challenge. Follow their link to learn how you can join in!

www.hermannpark.org/calendar/earth-month/

Earth Day is happening on April 22, but here at Hermann Park Conservancy we believe our planet should get more than just one day. Because of that, we are going to be celebrating Earth all throughout the month of April and we need your help!

"Being an educator allows me to wake up with a purpose every single day." We recently caught up with one of our 2019 Kin...
04/05/2021
Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award Alumni Spotlight: Caitlin Wales - Kinder Foundation

"Being an educator allows me to wake up with a purpose every single day."

We recently caught up with one of our 2019 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards recipients, Caitlin Wales. Read on at the link below for more as she reflects on 2020 and her experiences as an educator in Houston.

https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/kinder-excellence-in-teaching-award-alumni-spotlight-caitlin-wales/

Since 2001, the Kinder Foundation has honored a handful of Houston’s most distinguished teachers with the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of their commitment and innovation. The honors are given at an awards dinner each Fall, where current and past winners share their stories an...

A Kinder Foundation team member recently ventured through the Buffalo Bayou Cistern to experience "Time No Longer" - an ...
04/02/2021

A Kinder Foundation team member recently ventured through the Buffalo Bayou Cistern to experience "Time No Longer" - an immersive journey of film and sound within the confines of this unique underground space. Intrigued? You can book your own visit here https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Dia Art Foundation have announced their co-acquisition of "Double Merge," a colorfu...
03/31/2021

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Dia Art Foundation have announced their co-acquisition of "Double Merge," a colorful and impactful work by Sam Gilliam. The piece will divide its time between Houston and New York for extended displays. Houston will welcome the installation for its Texas debut in 2022.

We are thrilled to acquire a monumental work by one of America’s leading masters. Sam Gilliam’s “Double Merge” (1968) will soon delight viewers in Houston, as it has at DIA Beacon.

The MFAH and Dia Art Foundation will co-own and share in alternating displays of this grand and immersive visual feast.

Learn more about this newest addition to the collection. https://bit.ly/395vwar
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Sam Gilliam, "Double Merge," 1968, installation view, Dia Beacon, New York. © Sam Gilliam/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

Today we are pleased to spotlight Sarah Newbery in our ongoing staff introduction blog series. As the Kinder Foundation’...
03/26/2021
Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Sarah Newbery - Kinder Foundation

Today we are pleased to spotlight Sarah Newbery in our ongoing staff introduction blog series. As the Kinder Foundation’s director of parks and greenspace, Sarah has been an integral part of many of the Foundation's greenspace initiatives. Learn more about her work and vision here: https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/get-to-know-the-kinder-foundation-team-sarah-newbery/

The Kinder Foundation is supported by an exceptional staff of smart and experienced professionals whose work helps carry out the mission of the Foundation: to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life by providing transformation grants in the areas of urban...

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