Kinder Foundation

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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One week from today Anri Sala's "Time No Longer" exhibit will open in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. These sneak peek p...
03/05/2021

One week from today Anri Sala's "Time No Longer" exhibit will open in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. These sneak peek pictures alone have us eager to experience this new immersive event. Learn more: https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/

It's officially happening! Anri Sala's "Time No Longer" in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern (#SalaintheCistern) is in-progress and ❕tickets are now on sale❕The installation opens to the public on March 12. Here are a few installation shots from yesterday as the team put up the “holo-gauze”, a translucent, 22 by 150-foot screen in the middle of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. "Time No Longer" will incorporate a film projected onto the screen with a soundtrack emanating throughout the space, its reverberations creating ripples on the surface of the water. Visitors will encounter the work in 360 degrees by making their way around the full perimeter of the 87,500-square-foot Cistern, hearing, feeling, and watching it through the Cistern’s 221 supporting columns. First photo by Weingarten Art Group.

View tour times and purchase tickets here: https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern/

Congratulations to Memorial Park Conservancy Clay Family Eastern Glades on being named a 2020 Parks and Natural Areas Aw...
03/03/2021

Congratulations to Memorial Park Conservancy Clay Family Eastern Glades on being named a 2020 Parks and Natural Areas Award winner - a much-deserved recognition for this exciting green space which has already made its way into the hearts of Houstonians.

Memorial Park’s very own Clay Family Eastern Glades (https://bit.ly/36V7FJg) was honored with a 2020 Parks and Natural Areas Award in the on-the-ground project over $500k category this month. This awards program, established by @HouGalvAreaCog in 2006, recognizes outstanding parks and natural areas around the region for their best practices and innovative approaches to parks planning and implementation. In addition to Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the project's lead design firm, the Conservancy wants to thank Robert and Emily Clay and family, our Ten-Year Plan partners, @HoustonParksAndRec, @KinderFoundation, and @UptownHoustonTX for making this project a reality, as well as all of our donors and Park users who help breathe life into Eastern Glades every day of the year. #YourMemorialPark

We are proud to support Lucille's 1913 and their ongoing work to fight food insecurity in our city. Their dedication to ...
03/01/2021

We are proud to support Lucille's 1913 and their ongoing work to fight food insecurity in our city. Their dedication to continue helping Houstonians through difficult times is an inspiration and an example of what makes this city so special.

SHOUTING A HUGE THANK YOU to Kinder Foundation, who has once again gone above and beyond to help us continue fighting food insecurity! Their recent $250,000 donation will help us magnify our Texas Winter Storm Relief efforts for Houstonians that need it most.

Last month, we began a series of blogs to introduce the faces behind the Kinder Foundation and its transformational work...
02/26/2021
Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Sabrina Kirwin - Kinder Foundation

Last month, we began a series of blogs to introduce the faces behind the Kinder Foundation and its transformational work. For the month of February, we are pleased to share a fun and insightful Q&A with Sabrina Kirwin, our chief financial officer.
https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/get-to-know-the-kinder-foundation-team-sabrina-kirwin/

The Kinder Foundation is committed to making impactful gifts which improve Houston in significant ways. Our mission since 1996 has been to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life by providing transformation grants in the areas of urban green space, educat...

Houstonians need our help. Please consider giving during the triple match sponsored by the Kinder Foundation to benefit ...
02/25/2021

Houstonians need our help. Please consider giving during the triple match sponsored by the Kinder Foundation to benefit Houston Food Bank. Learn more here https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/. Thank You.
Photo credit: Houston Food Bank

While we are staying safe and warm inside today, it is the perfect time to enjoy some post-Valentine's Day blooms in thi...
02/15/2021

While we are staying safe and warm inside today, it is the perfect time to enjoy some post-Valentine's Day blooms in this beautiful shade of pink, courtesy of the Hermann Park Conservancy Japanese Garden.

🌺 Today's Bloom Report can be summed up in one word: Nice.

If you want to see these budding blossoms, come to the Japanese Garden (open daily from 9 am to 5 pm) because blooms like these don't last forever!

#Houston #HermannPark #Blossom #CherryBlossom

How can we not share such a lovely sunset over the water from Memorial Park Conservancy?
02/12/2021

How can we not share such a lovely sunset over the water from Memorial Park Conservancy?

Does it get any better than a sunset over Hines Lake? #featurefriday

📸: Molly Glotfelty, MPC Operations Coordinator

Wonderful to see Kinder HSPVA students enjoying a well-deserved end of semester celebration during this unusual school y...
02/10/2021

Wonderful to see Kinder HSPVA students enjoying a well-deserved end of semester celebration during this unusual school year.

End of the Semester picnic hosted by Student Council at Discovery Green! It’s a beautiful day!

The good news of SPARK School Park Program expansions continues to spread! With 15 new parks in the works and another 15...
02/08/2021
Houston philanthropists donate $5 million to SPARK Park effort

The good news of SPARK School Park Program expansions continues to spread! With 15 new parks in the works and another 15 pegged for upgrades over the next four years, there is plenty to look forward to for green space and recreation in Houston.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/gardening/article/Houston-philanthropists-donate-5-million-to-15906993.php?fbclid=IwAR0EClpgQGmU6i1_zOC90W0ArU3rjjXH2-VbPSEXQBAAFViMtdmclF3Kcds

The Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment each have funded a second phase of parks...

Titled Monument Au Fantome, this permanent fixture of Discovery Green is part of a series which includes several compani...
02/05/2021

Titled Monument Au Fantome, this permanent fixture of Discovery Green is part of a series which includes several companion pieces that can be found in New York, Chicago and Europe. Do you know the seven figures the sculpture encompasses within its unique shape?

Monument Au Fantome by Jean Dubuffet is one of the permanent art installations at Discovery Green.
There are 7 forms that represent different features of this city, including a church, hedge, chimney, dog, phantom, tree and mast. What have you discovered? Use #discoverygreen to share with us!

A look back at 2019's Be the Change dinner. We look forward to when we are able to celebrate our next class of Kinder Ex...
02/03/2021
The Excellence in Teaching Awards with The Kinder Foundation Gift Donation

A look back at 2019's Be the Change dinner. We look forward to when we are able to celebrate our next class of Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award recipients. We continue to be impressed by the resourcefulness and creativity of Houston's teachers as they have navigated the pandemic with grace and wisdom.
https://kinderfoundation.org/major-gifts/education/excellence-in-teaching-awards/?fbclid=IwAR0-7emH_gUccL8Wsw7oblp8YiLDNJ4mliFW6Ct4ripk3FQIV3yrd1crZSE

The Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards was established in honor of Rich Kinder's mother, Edna C. Kinder, who taught special education students for years.

Hints of spring are already appearing! A happy sight from Hermann Park Conservancy to start the week.
02/01/2021

Hints of spring are already appearing! A happy sight from Hermann Park Conservancy to start the week.

🚨🚨🚨 We've got our first #blossoms of the season in the Japanese Garden. This is NOT a drill.

They'll only be blooming for a few weeks so stop by for a visit, open 9 am to 5 pm daily. And be sure to check back here for the latest blossom reports! 🌺

#Houston #HermannPark

Cheers to all the possibilities for a relaxing weekend - such a stroll along Hines Lake.Photo Credit: Ireland
01/29/2021

Cheers to all the possibilities for a relaxing weekend - such a stroll along Hines Lake.
Photo Credit: Ireland

We are pleased to begin introducing you to the many Kinder Foundation team members who help bring transformation project...
01/28/2021
Get to Know the Kinder Foundation Team: Patra Brannon-Isaac - Kinder Foundation

We are pleased to begin introducing you to the many Kinder Foundation team members who help bring transformation projects to life across our city. First up is Patra-Brannon Isaac, director of education and community projects at Kinder Foundation. Learn more about her experience and role with the Foundation at the link below.

Rich and Nancy Kinder are the founders and eponymous faces of the Kinder Foundation. They set the vision and strategic leadership for the Foundation. The Kinders are supported by an outstanding team of staff and highly regarded subject matter experts in urban green space, education, and quality of l...

“A new follow-up investment from the Houston Endowment and Kinder Foundation will allow SPARK to create 15 more parks an...
01/22/2021
More New SPARK Parks Are on the Way

“A new follow-up investment from the Houston Endowment and Kinder Foundation will allow SPARK to create 15 more parks and update 15 more over the next four years."

Read more about how the SPARK School Park Program is expanding and bringing the joy of neighborhood parks to even more Houston communities.

https://www.houstoniamag.com/travel-and-outdoors/2021/01/new-spark-parks-houston-projects-2021

The nonprofit will debut 15 new parks and update 15 more over the next four years.

Enjoy this fun and informative blog from Buffalo Bayou Partnership on how some of Houston's feathered residents create m...
01/20/2021
Brainiacs — Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Enjoy this fun and informative blog from Buffalo Bayou Partnership on how some of Houston's feathered residents create mixed flocks to better navigate the winter season, with some species even generating extra brain cells to successfully solve the challenges brought by the colder weather.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.

Emancipation Park Conservancy's virtual Historical Audio Tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the history and i...
01/18/2021

Emancipation Park Conservancy's virtual Historical Audio Tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the history and inspirations behind the park, its architecture, and the community it serves. Listen for yourself at the link below.

Want to learn more about the park? Visit Emancipation Park through our virtual Historical Audio Tour. This tour has been funded in part by a grant from the Fondren Fund for Texas of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Experience the rich history and heritage of Emancipation Park and explore its thoughtful architecture and state-of the art recreational facilities.

The GPS-led audio guide can be streamed by downloading the free Geotourist App on your mobile device and visiting the park at the designated sites. Can’t make it to the park? Stream the audio tour from your computer in the comfort of your home. Click here: https://geotourist.com/tours/3910

January’s bird’s eye view of the Montrose Center Law Harrington Senior Living Center is spectacular. Looking forward to ...
01/15/2021

January’s bird’s eye view of the Montrose Center Law Harrington Senior Living Center is spectacular. Looking forward to celebrating its official opening soon!

We loved seeing Memorial Park Conservancy 2020 highlights and of course have to share their number one moment: the grand...
01/13/2021

We loved seeing Memorial Park Conservancy 2020 highlights and of course have to share their number one moment: the grand opening of the Clay Family Eastern Glades! Anchored by Hines Lake, it is an serene escape to nature right here in the heart of Houston.

We're counting down 5 highlights from 2020. Scroll back to see all 5!

Number 1: This year a new Houston favorite, Clay Family Eastern Glades, opened. The park within a park reclaims 100 acres of previously inaccessible parkland; establishes the 5 ½-acre Hines Lake and wetlands; provides miles of new trails, boardwalks and opportunities to experience and learn about natural habitat systems; and honors the Park’s cultural history. Eastern Glades provides something for everyone – from runners on the Seymour Lieberman Trail to picnicking families to students of ecology and those interested in Houston's rich history. We have loved watching you enjoy this space!

📸: @susanne.jasmine

"The Kinder building is filled with the museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. Don’t expect ...
01/11/2021
A Trip to MFAH’s New Kinder Building

"The Kinder building is filled with the museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. Don’t expect dark classical paintings. Expect bright, colorful works with intricate design elements - chairs, sculptures, fabric, wood, neon lights, glass, and more. New pieces are next to Picassos. It is almost overwhelming, so go slowly and make sure you take it all in."

Read the full story from The Buzz Magazines at the link below!
https://thebuzzmagazines.com/articles/2020/12/trip-mfahs-new-kinder-building

Houston Happenings with Haley covers the opening of the Nancy and Rich Kinder building at the Musuem of Fine Arts. Houston has been anticipating this new addition to the MFAH for several years.

It may only be January, but we can't wait to see those 100 new trees with their first blossoms this spring and for many ...
01/11/2021

It may only be January, but we can't wait to see those 100 new trees with their first blossoms this spring and for many springs to follow!

Earlier this week, Houston Parks Board planted close to 100 trees along Hunting Bayou Greenway in the Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood!

In addition to tree planting, our Conservation team removed invasive species as part of the reforestation project to help increase the riparian habitat in the area. #ParksByYou #BayouGreenways

We agree! The start of construction on the Memorial Park Conservancy Land Bridge and Prairie project was a standout mome...
01/06/2021

We agree! The start of construction on the Memorial Park Conservancy Land Bridge and Prairie project was a standout moment of 2020. We look forward to watching its progress throughout 2021!

We're counting down 5 highlights from 2020. Scroll back to see the rest!

Number 2: Construction on the Land Bridge and Prairie began in the summer, the second of three 100-acre projects planned for delivery as part of the Park’s Ten-Year Plan. The two connections over Memorial Drive will reunite the north and south sides of the Park and create new greenspace for people and wildlife. A system of restored native coastal prairie will provide new adventures on trails and boardwalks and a habitat that will help wildlife thrive. Equally important, the Land Bridge and Prairie system will help manage stormwater, absorbing and purifying runoff before it reaches Buffalo Bayou. The project is well underway and is slated for completion in late 2022. You may have seen the installation of the first tunnel arches along Memorial Drive!

The Conservancy thanks the Ten-Year Plan project partners Houston Parks - HPARD, Kinder Foundation and Uptown Houston.

01/05/2021
Emancipation Park Conservancy

December 23 was such a special day for the Third Ward community and we were proud to be a part of it. We love this video sharing the thoughts of those involved and a firsthand look at all the goodwill a cooperative spirit can foster.
Emancipation Park Conservancy Lucille's 1913

WOW! We couldn't have wished for a better holiday treat for 1,000 Third Ward families than providing them with 5,000 meals and a $100 H-E-B gift card at Emancipation Park. Thank you to our partners (Lucille's 1913, the Kinder Foundation, Doug and Sarah Foshee, and Houston Texans player Deshaun Watson), community and volunteers (special thank you to Simone Biles, retired Houston Rockets player Steve Francis, Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy and Rich Kinder for giving back) and all that helped make this opportunity possible! The turnout was amazing both by car and on foot. It may be a year we want to forget but Wednesday, December 23rd will definitely be a day we will remember!

#EPConservancy #EmancipationPark #Community #HappyHolidays

Video credit: Darryl Howard Photography LLC

As we welcome the new year, we look forward to the many possibilities and promise 2021 holds for our city. Happy New Yea...
01/01/2021

As we welcome the new year, we look forward to the many possibilities and promise 2021 holds for our city.
Happy New Year, Houston.

Image courtesy of Memorial Park Conservancy

Houston parks have hosted truly incredible and imaginative art installations over the years. Anyone recall this one whic...
12/30/2020

Houston parks have hosted truly incredible and imaginative art installations over the years. Anyone recall this one which resided in Hermann Park Conservancy in 2014/2015?

When we asked about favorite art installations in Hermann Park over the years, 'Boogie Woogie' by Patrick Dougherty was one of the top responses!

This sculpture was on display in the Park in 2014/2015 and is made from six tons of saplings gathered from Generation Park in northeast Houston. The piece took three weeks, 150 volunteers, and 1,000 volunteer hours to install!

Photo: Megan Badger Photography / Weingarten Art Group

#Houston #HermannPark #ArtInThePark #BoogieWoogie

Nothing like the sparkling of holiday lights!  Stroll through the Holiday Lights in Clay Family Eastern Glades with this...
12/28/2020
Memorial Park's Eastern Glades light up for the perfect holiday stroll

Nothing like the sparkling of holiday lights! Stroll through the Holiday Lights in Clay Family Eastern Glades with this article from CultureMap or consider making plans to enjoy them in person yourself. The lights are glowing now through January 10.

Few, if any, public spaces in Houston have been more ballyhooed than the soon-to-be updated Memorial Park. Now, the beloved Bayou City greenspace has revealed yet another reason for locals ...

12/25/2020
Discovery Green

Happy holidays to you and yours. Enjoy these lovely renditions of favorite carols under the backdrop of a decked-out Discovery Green.

Houston Grand Opera, with special guests Cecilia Duarte and Jesus Pacheco, perform your favorite Christmas carols in the park. You and your family are invited to sing along from home!

The pre-recorded program premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm

It was wonderful collaborating with Lucille's 1913 and Emancipation Park Conservancy on this incredible effort to share ...
12/23/2020

It was wonderful collaborating with Lucille's 1913 and Emancipation Park Conservancy on this incredible effort to share 5,000 holiday meals with the Third Ward community. We thank our partners, volunteers, and participants for their heartfelt show of holiday spirit.

Photo credit: Darryl Howard Photography

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