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.

Mission: The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of people in the Houston area through transformational grants that impact green space, education, and quality of life.

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Good news – Knitscape’s showing at Buffalo Bayou Park has been extended! As part of Buffalo Bayou Partnership's 5 year "...
11/04/2020

Good news – Knitscape’s showing at Buffalo Bayou Park has been extended! As part of Buffalo Bayou Partnership's 5 year "Artful Anniversary" celebration, this vibrant design by the knitters of Urban Yarnage has been blanketing the Rosemont Bridge for the month of October and will now remain in place through November! We hope you have a chance to visit. Until then, please enjoy these photos taken by one of our wonderful team members.

Mark your calendar for November 16 - 20 and join in with Houston Parks Board for a Week of Thanks. There will be somethi...
11/02/2020

Mark your calendar for November 16 - 20 and join in with Houston Parks Board for a Week of Thanks. There will be something fun to look forward to each day of the week as we all join in to celebrate Bayou Greenways 2020. Learn more here: https://houstonparksboard.org/events/2020celebration

We have something exciting to celebrate: Bayou Greenways 2020, a 150-mile, 8-year, $220 million endeavor that has transformed our city.

This year, Houston Parks Board is celebrating with a Week of Thanks, with creative and engaging activities every day starting Monday, November 16 and a special culminating moment on Thursday, November 19 that we are striving to make the happiest time of your week.

Visit our website to learn more.
https://houstonparksboard.org/events/2020celebration

Carmen Herrera's “Estructuras Monumentales” installation in Buffalo Bayou Park creates such a bold and vivid display - a...
10/30/2020

Carmen Herrera's “Estructuras Monumentales” installation in Buffalo Bayou Park creates such a bold and vivid display - all the more with Houston's skyline filling the background. From now until April, these five 'estructuras' will call Houston home and undoubtedly find themselves in plenty more pictures!

We are excited to announce the opening of Carmen Herrera's “Estructuras Monumentales” in Buffalo Bayou Park! This is the 105-year-old Herrera's first public art exhibition in Houston and only the second time that these large scale works have been presented globally.
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Now through April 23, 2021, you can visit these vibrant, larger-than-life “Estructuras” at the Fondren Foundation Meadow in Buffalo Bayou Park (Allen Parkway at Gillette Street) along with the Park's permanent sculpture, Henry Moore's “Spindle”. The five sculptures together are reflective of our Artful Anniversary, the fifth anniversary of Buffalo Bayou Park!
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Organized in partnership with the New York City-based non-profit Public Art Fund, “Estructuras Monumentales” was first presented at Manhattan’s City Hall Park in 2019. Concurrent with this exhibition is a showing of Herrera’s works at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo credit: Paul Hester

10/28/2020
Land Bridge and Prairie at Houston's Memorial Park

"The Land Bridge and Prairie, coming to Houston's Memorial Park in 2022, is the next major project of the Memorial Park Master Plan to be delivered. This transformative, nearly 100-acre project will reunite the north and south sides of the Park and create a dynamic new community space while enhancing recreation opportunities for Park users. The prairie restoration, which adjoins the Land Bridge, re-introduces endangered native Gulf Coast prairie and additional wetlands to areas north and south of Memorial Drive. To learn more about the Land Bridge and Prairie project, visit: https://bit.ly/34fy7eD"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHs_2pmSfa0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1FEZ0vj6naE_e4ezy9Cafxy0hmA-OkzrTyXEiwDI4b9084EaJwDsdwnMY

The Land Bridge and Prairie, coming to Houston's Memorial Park in 2022, is the next major project of the Memorial Park Master Plan to be delivered. This tran...

A photo and a view too good not to share of Hermann Park Conservancy.
10/26/2020

A photo and a view too good not to share of Hermann Park Conservancy.

Birds get all the good views. 😒

📷 Lifted Up Aerial Photography

While we are not able to gather together this year to celebrate the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards, we are thinkin...
10/23/2020

While we are not able to gather together this year to celebrate the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Awards, we are thinking of and wish to send a special thank you to all of the teachers educating, supporting, and inspiring Houston's students. Your dedication and efforts are making a difference every day.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership's "Deeper Dive" series is set to premier its next installment one week from today.  In the mea...
10/21/2020
Kinder Foundation’s Guy Hagstette Reflects on Five Years of Buffalo Bayou Park - Kinder Foundation

Buffalo Bayou Partnership's "Deeper Dive" series is set to premier its next installment one week from today. In the meantime, be sure to catch up on the first segment featuring Guy Hagstette, Kinder Foundation vice president of parks and civic projects and Buffalo Bayou Partnership board member, and Scott McCready, principal at SWA Group, as they look back on the planning and creativity which made Buffalo Bayou Park the reality it is today. Our blog has all the links you need!

https://kinderfoundation.org/blog/kinder-foundations-guy-hagstette-reflects-on-five-years-of-buffalo-bayou-park/

Reunited five years after the completion of the park they both helped make a reality, Guy Hagstette and Scott McCready talk Buffalo Bayou Park.

As we all welcome the fall and at least the possibility of some cooler weather, Houston Parks Board has a great tool to ...
10/19/2020

As we all welcome the fall and at least the possibility of some cooler weather, Houston Parks Board has a great tool to offer recommendations to anyone looking for expert suggestions of where to enjoy some nature. Whether you need some peace and quiet, a new path to motivate your next run, or a place to take the kids, https://houstonparksboard.org/trips has you covered. See what you can find!

Looking to explore the outdoors in Houston, but not sure where to go? We have you covered! Did you know we have several recommended trips on our website? Whether you're looking to go on a peaceful walk to enjoy the scenery and wildlife, or you want to try a new running or bike route, there is something for everyone!

Try out one of our recommended trips for your next outdoor adventure: https://houstonparksboard.org/trips

The impact of a good teacher can last a lifetime. Good Reason Houston shares some encouragement and points to ponder for...
10/16/2020
Good Reason Houston

The impact of a good teacher can last a lifetime. Good Reason Houston shares some encouragement and points to ponder for anyone considering a career in education.

Teachers are the heroes of our community. Especially now, schools need game-changing educators to ensure that every child, in every neighborhood, thrives in the Houston of tomorrow.

If you are considering an innovative, rewarding, and (yes!) challenging career, check out our latest blog for Four Reasons You Should Be a Houston Teacher. #HoustonLovesTeachers #WorldTeachersDay #TeachersCan

"Electric vehicles are one of the most promising opportunities for Houston to lead in transportation emissions reduction...
10/14/2020
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

"Electric vehicles are one of the most promising opportunities for Houston to lead in transportation emissions reductions. Electric vehicles could also save Houstonians money, as they have a lower cost of ownership compared to internal combustion vehicles.”

Learn more as Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Urban Edge examines how electric bikes could be a viable new option for #Houston commuters.

Electric bikes can be affordable and practical alternatives to cars in Houston — even in the middle of August.

So much fun when friends of the Kinder Foundation send us photos while out enjoying their walks! We love this great phot...
10/09/2020

So much fun when friends of the Kinder Foundation send us photos while out enjoying their walks! We love this great photo from Buffalo Bayou Park Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Photo Credit: Ireland

We know The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will be opening in in less than two months, and ...
10/07/2020

We know The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will be opening in in less than two months, and now we also know some of of the incredible art and artist who will be featured in the space. Visit the link in the post below to see what you can look forward to!

We are ready to #GetModernMFAH and excited to show you the debut art installations for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, which will open to everyone on Saturday, November 21.

The grand, extraordinary spaces of the Steven Holl Architects designed building will soon be lined with international #modern and #contemporary art in all media, from painting and sculpture to craft and design, video, and immersive installations.

Special artists’ commissions will be arrayed in the building, and around the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, in the newly unified landscape design by Deborah Nevins & Associates, in collaboration with Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture.

Check out a preview of highlights of the inaugural art installations for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building! https://bit.ly/3mohFkp

The Houston Botanic Garden is now open! Members of the Kinder Foundation family loved their first visit and were happy t...
10/05/2020

The Houston Botanic Garden is now open! Members of the Kinder Foundation family loved their first visit and were happy to share a few photos. There is so much to see and appreciate. Learn how to plan your own visit (masks and social distancing required) at hbg.org.

10/02/2020
Clay Family Eastern Glades at Houston's Memorial Park

We continue to be inspired by Memorial Park Conservancy's new Eastern Glades. If you haven't visited yet, we expect this video will give you the encouragement to explore on this first October weekend!

Memorial Park's Clay Family Eastern Glades reclaims 100 acres of previously inaccessible parkland. Eastern Glades provides something for everyone – from runn...

Mark your calendar on October 15 for a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from researchers on the results of this ye...
09/30/2020
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Mark your calendar on October 15 for a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from researchers on the results of this year's State of Housing report. This Zoom workshop is free, but registration is required. Learn more from the link below.

The Kinder Institute is hosting a FREE workshop with residents, housers, public officials and other stakeholders to solicit input about how to refine the #StateofHousing in Houston and Harris County report for the 2021 version. Sign up at the link below.

Thank you to Houston Chronicle's Molly Glentzer for Sunday’s insightful article capturing how the Kinder Foundation team...
09/29/2020
How the Kinder Foundation makes parks happen

Thank you to Houston Chronicle's Molly Glentzer for Sunday’s insightful article capturing how the Kinder Foundation team works to imagine and create transformational park projects here in Houston. If you missed it, read on at the link below.
https://bit.ly/3jgC8Wk

A behind-the-scenes look at how one of Houston’s most generous foundations works to transform the city’s landscape.

"This will be one of, if not the most unique trail in Houston,” said Anne Olson, Buffalo Bayou Partnership president, in...
09/28/2020
Unique new park and hiking trail breaks ground in downtown Houston

"This will be one of, if not the most unique trail in Houston,” said Anne Olson, Buffalo Bayou Partnership president, in a statement. “Instead of removing urban infrastructure, our organization has a history of incorporating it into our projects.” See below to read CultureMap's full story on Houston's newest hike and bike trail.
https://bit.ly/3mV7bJH

A new park and hike and bike trail along Buffalo Bayou is being heralded as one of the most unique in Houston. Construction has begun on the new green space ...

From that momentous grand opening in 2015 to today, Buffalo Bayou Park has undoubtedly cemented its place in the hearts ...
09/25/2020

From that momentous grand opening in 2015 to today, Buffalo Bayou Park has undoubtedly cemented its place in the hearts of Houstonians and visitors alike as a vibrant greenspace and engaging destination. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hosting a series of 5 year "Artful Anniversary" celebrations - details to join in can be found here https://bit.ly/3kQHjwK

Photo Katya Horner

As we approach the five year anniversary of Buffalo Bayou Park, join Guy Hagstette, Buffalo Bayou Partnership Board Memb...
09/23/2020
Deeper Dive with Buffalo Bayou Partnership II — Buffalo Bayou Partnership

As we approach the five year anniversary of Buffalo Bayou Park, join Guy Hagstette, Buffalo Bayou Partnership Board Member and Kinder Foundation’s Vice President of Parks and Civic Projects for a virtual presentation which delves into the inspiration, planning, and creation of Buffalo Bayou Park.

Taking place tomorrow, September 24 at 1:30 p.m., this will be the first in a new series of Buffalo Bayou Partnership's “Deeper Dive” programming. Register at the link below and tune in for a look back and celebration of one of Houston’s much-loved #greenspaces.

https://bit.ly/2RYJvpb

Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) as we highlight plans, programs and partners along Buffalo Bayou through its second installment of the webinar series Deeper Dive. This series will overview the fifth anniversary of Buffalo Bayou Park and the planning that went into the park, discuss the clean-up...

In just two months, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Nancy and Rich Kinder building will open to the public. For a sne...
09/21/2020
A sneak peek inside the MFAH’s nearly-done Kinder Building

In just two months, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Nancy and Rich Kinder building will open to the public. For a sneak peek at what to expect when doors open, read the Houston Chronicle preview of Houston's newest fine art addition. We hope to see you then!
https://preview.houstonchronicle.com/art-exhibits/here-s-when-you-can-visit-mfah-s-new-kinder-15567959/amp

About 1,100 artworks are being moved into the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's nearly-complete Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, which opens to the public Nov. 21.

Have you seen House of Cards at Discovery Green yet? One of our Kinder Foundation families made a visit last weekend and...
09/18/2020

Have you seen House of Cards at Discovery Green yet? One of our Kinder Foundation families made a visit last weekend and shared these fun photos. The installation includes 126 cards, each with their own distinct design. Visit Discovery Green's website at https://www.discoverygreen.com/houseofcards to learn more.

This Friday, September 18, United Way of Greater Houston is hosting a day of virtual volunteerism. Visit their website t...
09/16/2020

This Friday, September 18, United Way of Greater Houston is hosting a day of virtual volunteerism. Visit their website to select from a list of predesigned volunteer projects to complete from home that will benefit the larger Houston community. Full details below.

Join us for a day of VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERISM ‪on September 18‬! Participate from the safety of your home or office by choosing a pre-planned volunteer project to complete. Everyone is welcome! We will provide project supply lists and instructions for a variety of projects, all of which can be completed on the computer, or at your home or office. If you choose an “at home” project, completed items will need to be mailed or safely dropped off at a local United Way partner agency. Sign up today at www.unitedwayhouston.org/days-of-action.

Starting off the week with good news! Congratulations to Houston's Historic Third Ward on its recent cultural district d...
09/14/2020

Starting off the week with good news! Congratulations to Houston's Historic Third Ward on its recent cultural district designation by the State of Texas. This is a wonderful recognition for the many organizations, businesses, and dedicated individuals who are shining a light on the culture, history, art, and creativity of the Third Ward.

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HOUSTON’S FIFTH WARD CULTURAL DISTRICT AND THE HISTORIC THIRD WARD AWARDED STATE CULTURAL DISTRICT DESIGNATION!

Houston is now home to seven cultural districts and has the largest number of cultural districts in any city!

“These neighborhoods have created, nurtured and celebrated arts and culture over generations,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “With the new designations and intentional focus on heritage, the Nickel and the Tre will continue to serve, educate and empower residents and visitors.”

Congratulations! #IAM5TH #i❤️3rdward #culturaldistrict

Full press release here: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/20200904.html

Congratulations to Hermann Park Conservancy for an exciting honor from Houston Chronicle - we agree you are one of Houst...
09/09/2020

Congratulations to Hermann Park Conservancy for an exciting honor from Houston Chronicle - we agree you are one of Houston's "Best!"

Check out what we just got in the mail from the Houston Chronicle. Thanks, Houston!

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing Labor Day. We hope you'll celebrate the unofficial end of summer by exploring some ...
09/07/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing Labor Day. We hope you'll celebrate the unofficial end of summer by exploring some of Houston's incredible parks and greenspaces. Enjoy!

Over the weekend, members of the Kinder Foundation family visited White Oak Bayou to learn more about Buffalo Bayou Part...
09/04/2020

Over the weekend, members of the Kinder Foundation family visited White Oak Bayou to learn more about Buffalo Bayou Partnership's Clean & Green initiative and witness the Bio-Vac in action! The custom-built industrial vessel vacuums floatable trash from the bayou to keep it healthy and beautiful. Stay tuned for more and thank you to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership team for sharing your expertise.

Even when facing the dual disasters of COVID-19 and hurricane season, Houston Food Bank stands ready. "Ordinarily, regio...
09/03/2020
Houston's food bank is uniquely stocked for Hurricane Laura because of pandemic

Even when facing the dual disasters of COVID-19 and hurricane season, Houston Food Bank stands ready. "Ordinarily, regional food banks would be rushing to acquire extra supplies to support community members without food and water, but the Houston Food Bank — which has been operating at unprecedented distribution levels since the pandemic’s arrival — is well-stocked and primed . . . ."

Hurricane Laura is projected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast as a category 4 storm, but Houston is stocked to feed its residents, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Closing out the week with a beautiful scene from Hermann Park Conservancy.
08/28/2020

Closing out the week with a beautiful scene from Hermann Park Conservancy.

Golden hour in Hermann Park.
"And I know, I know everything's gonna be alright."
📸: Nash Baker

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