Category: Strong Communities

BRAVO! Texas State loans ventilators to medical centers to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Texas State University is loaning area hospitals critical ventilators to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock has received four ventilators and Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin has received two. St. David’s HealthCare has also discussed the possibility of acquiring units. The Department of Respiratory Care, part of the College of Health Professions at Texas State’s Round… Read more »

How to help CHILDREN AT RISK: Take a look – there are lots of ways!

First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing and supporting the mission of CHILDREN AT RISK, and the work we do to ensure that every child in Texas lives a quality life.   Over the past 30 years, CHILDREN AT RISK has grown exponentially in our capacity to speak out and drive change for children. During this Coronavirus pandemic, we look… Read more »

How you can help: The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation… for when you’re ready to go outside again…

Texas is wild… and so is the spirit of its people. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and grateful for your support of the wild things and wild places of Texas. For over 25 years, the support from our members has enabled Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) to invest more than $205 million into conserving our lands, water… Read more »

How you can help: The Caring Place

How Can You Help The Caring Place?   The Caring Place’s Mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way is more alive than ever. This pandemic is uncharted territory for everyone, including The Caring Place, and we are committed to fulfilling our Mission.   Due to thrift store closures at The… Read more »

Bored? We’ve got something for you

    A Deserted Street The streets of this big city are strangely empty and the sidewalk is eerily clean. What’s going on?   Though it displays the precision and accuracy of a photograph, this is actually a painting. Richard Estes is a leading artist of the Photorealist genre that emerged in the late 1960s. The painted image is a composite of many preparatory… Read more »

From Our Home to Yours: Francis Bacon’s Paintings, Radical Design & “Cloud Column”

“FRANCIS BACON: LATE PAINTINGS” Understanding Francis Bacon Were you able to join us for the lecture about Francis Bacon: Late Paintings on opening day? If not—or if you’d like to see it again—check out the video. Curator Alison de Lima Greene explores Francis Bacon’s depiction of the human form and the major themes that dominate his later works. Watch the Video Inside the Exhibition Radical:… Read more »

In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits

In chaotic times, leading an organization or board of directors and being responsible for charting a clear course forward for clients, employees, and the community becomes more crucial — and more challenging. Mental models or frameworks can be a useful anchor and source of stability. While we cannot predict with absolute certainty how the coronavirus crisis will impact the nonprofit sector, we can use available data to anticipate where and how the greatest needs and challenges will arise. Increasing our general understanding of the state of the sector could provide some mental frameworks to help us all make decisions and deploy resources in this critical time.

Even now, Texans Care for Children continues to fight for children and families all across Texas

How Texans Care for Children is approaching the threat posed by coronavirus. For the moment, our approach includes the following: We are closely monitoring developments and communicating non-stop with partners, community leaders, and national experts to identify all the ways that the coronavirus is affecting Texas children and families. While we may not currently have solutions to all of these challenges, we are able to… Read more »

A Virtual Visit to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was founded on a simple belief: that art is for everyone—and now everywhere. Although our doors may be temporarily closed, we are working to share inspiring MFAH experiences in creative and meaningful ways. Stay connected with #MFAHatHome via social media; access the MFAH art collections online; and check out for streaming films, art-making activities, artist’s talks and more. Virtual Theater… Read more »

Pew and partners launch initiative to reduce costly, destructive pollution

Beaches littered with soda bottles and single-use takeout containers; rivers choked with plastic bags and cups; microplastics found in the deepest part of the ocean. These distressing and all-too-common reports aren’t isolated: About one truckload of plastic waste is dumped into our ocean every minute, according to a 2016 report from the World Economic Forum. And if things don’t change, that number could increase… Read more »

The Menil Collection Presents Think of Them as Spaces: Bruce Marden’s Drawings

The Menil Collection is pleased to present Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, an exploration of the artist’s draftsmanship and the catalytic role that drawing plays in his practice. On view to the public in the Menil Drawing Institute from February 21 through June 14, 2020, the exhibition presents 91 of the artist’s drawings,representing six distinct series that span his ongoing career.… Read more »

Exceptional Caravaggio Loan Enhances Kimbell Art Museum’s Upcoming Exhibition, Flesh and Blood

The Kimbell will display Caravaggio’s celebrated Flagellation of Christ as a guest of honor in the upcoming exhibition Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum. Profoundly shocking yet gently poignant, The Flagellation of Christ was painted by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio (1571–1610), for a Naples private chapel in 1607, and for nearly fifty years it has been on view at the… Read more »

Through May 3, 2020 – Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art Surveys the Artistic Innovations and Impact Of Several Generations of Women Artists in Texas

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) presents the exhibition Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art, which breaks new ground in identifying contributions from women artists to the history of American abstraction. While Texas is well known for its representational and figurative art, during the mid-twentieth century a number of artists began to explore the possibilities of abstraction instead. Yet despite decades… Read more »

2020 CAM Perennial: Topographies of Truth Opens at McNay Art Museum

The McNay, in collaboration with Contemporary Art Month (CAM) San Antonio, presents 2020 CAM Perennial: Topographies of Truth, featuring works by nine San Antonio-based artists. Selected by guest curator Lee Hallman, this exhibition celebrates the diverse and compelling artwork emerging from the region. Hallman is also Associate Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to… Read more »

HEALTH: Texas Biomed establishes team to study SARS-CoV-2, new coronavirus

Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) are ramping up to begin work on the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. A team consisting of leading virologists, microbiologists, high containment lab experts and animal modeling researchers are proposing several research projects to 1) establish a nonhuman primate (monkey) model to study the pathogenesis and transmission as well as develop countermeasures; 2) test detection methods,… Read more »

Having contributed close to $10 Billion, this foundation focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture

Bloomberg Philanthropies faces societies challenges by looking for unmet needs, engaging strong partners, remaining flexible, relying on data, focusing on cities, and leading from the front & utilizing advocacy.

Statistically 1 in 792 people are born with Down syndrome, and there are approximately 6,000 people living with Down syndrome in greater Houston

Statistically 1 in 792 people are born with Down syndrome, and there are approximately 6,000 people living with Down syndrome in greater Houston. Currently, Easter Seals Greater Houston (ESGH) is serving 10 times the number of clients per the statistic through its 12 programs. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Easter Seals Greater Houston is celebrating by spreading the word about its mission to… Read more »

Because you are a nonprofit working hard to save the world, this article on Resilience is imperative for you to read

This is the fourth post in our “3 Things to Know” series, an explanation of concepts influencing community mental health and our grantmaking. Check out others in this series on Health Equity, Social Determinants of (Mental) Health, and Well-being. Resilience is critical to health and mental health interventions. So critical that major public health institutions have developed frameworks to provide clarity about its definition and its… Read more »