Free screening: "Mardi Gras: Made in China" 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 708 B Telephone Rd.

Feb 22 2009 - 7:00pm
Feb 22 2009 - 10:00pm

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Please join us for the film "Mardi Gras: Made in China" on Sunday night. There will also be a short presentation about future plans for Houston Institute for Culture. Here are the details:

Mardi Gras: Made in China
7:00pm, Sunday, February 22, 2009
Houston Institute for Culture
708-B Telephone Road
Houston, Texas 77023

Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, "Mardi Gras: Made in China" follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival - where revelers party and exchange beads for frivolous acts of silliness and nudity - to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China - where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. Blending curiosity with comedy, "Mardi Gras: Made in China" (Directed by David Redmon) is the only film to explore how the toxic products directly affect the people who both make and consume them.

There will also be a short talk about the future direction of Houston Institute for Culture. As most of you know, we have a dual mission - Cultural Literacy and Social Innovation - and we work in four areas, including Traditional Arts, Media Arts, Youth and Community. We are highly successful at funding and presenting traditional arts through citywide events, such as Junteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and lines of cross-cultural, educational programs, such as "Houston Meet Houston" (for example: New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band meets Mariachi MECA). This success in funding has made it possible for us to move forward on funding other programs with a greater likelihood of success.

Our presentation of media arts are among the best in the city and we are moving toward the establishment of a center that will provide tremendous benefits to Houston and gain a national reputation, agian, building on our current success. Youth programs include "Youth Voices/Media Makers", "Students for a Better Houston", "Haiti Counts" and "Camp Dos Cabezas". We are seeking greater community support for our youth programs, which hopefully will interest our audience. But most of all, we are beginning the process to launch into community programs on a large scale, possible on the largest scale you can imagine. And success may be determined by how well people can envision these programs. The purpose generally will be to utilize the best ideas typically thought of as "progressive" or "activist" ideas and make them truly effective as "everyday" ideas in every community through extensive education campaigns.

The presentation will be brief and questions or discussion will be possible following the film. This will be intentionally a small audience because we are just now planning this course. Rest assured, if you can be in attendance, you will be impressed and will see that we are open to your participation an in need of it. And like me, you will surely feel this initiative is long overdue.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Mark Lacy

Houston Institute for Culture

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