Welcome to the NEW
The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) is a Houston-based non-profit organization devoted to bridging cultures, communities, and art both in Texas and France. Our creative programs aim to improve the quality of life in our cities and local communities using art, education and community outreach, along with other disciplines, as a catalyst to create positive change.
1- Funding: $200,000 to implement the "From A Space To A Place" program in 4 underserved neighborhoods.
=> Website Management & write web content
=> Community management (Facebook & Twitter)
=> Graphic Design
=> Organize interviews with different audiences
=> Create & produce videos based on these interviews/ records to promote
=> Artistic maintenance
=> Photograph events
=> Artistic workshops and exchanges with our partners
Event organization, coordination & logistics:
=> Organize & coordinate events
=> Organize & coordinate meetings with the different partners
=> Write press releases
=> Manage and update Press Kit online
=> Organize data in databases
Creativity and the arts are powerful tools
to break down boundaries and build human and social connections for participants
of all ages. They enable the appreciation of the beauty of life, as well as the
possibility to express and communicate it. They can also help us to heal. Arts &
Culture are the expression of human values, representing everything we don't have to
do to survive – but are compelled to do to feel human.
This is why they are at the core of the
educational, healing and community programs that we create at the Texan-French
Alliance for the Arts (Open the Door, Once upon A Door, From A Space To A
Place) in partnership with our educational, cultural and community partners. We
also facilitate interactions with other disciplines including Science, Technology,
Environment/Ecology, Engineering, Mindfulness in order to create
innovative solutions to respond to our society’s challenges, and to support the
future of our youth, our communities and our cities.
With our programs, we fuel the youth
and underserved populations with a sense of empowerment, so they know that no idea is insignificant, and
that they are valued members of their society who can enable positive, lasting change and contribute
to the wellness of their community.
We also build bridges between students/scholars/educators/communities
from Texas and France, and invite them to share their experiences and
practices. By doing so, we help them discover the impact of their vision,
and to work beyond the frontiers of their neighborhoods/cities. We enable them to
have broader perspectives, to see beyond their geographical and cultural
At the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, we change lives
of hundreds of children and many communities. This is what we do every day, through collaboration with talented and passionate partners in an
inclusive and creative process.
“From a Space to a Place” is a collaborative mentoring platform for middle and high school students, in which the efforts to reinvent public spaces, and to improve the quality of life in a community, are led by the youth. This ongoing program led by TFAA and many partners since June 2015, applies a multi-disciplinary approach (visual & performing arts, STEM, project management, team building, mind-mapping, media literacy, mindfulness, ecology & critical thinking) to:
The success of this program was measured through surveys,
testimonials, and interviews of participating artists, city officials, and
educational and community partners, which are documented in our “Open the Door”
catalogue. Other indicators that reveal this project’s success include the
steady number of partnerships, the number of sponsors it attracted, the number
of people who responded to the call for entries, the number of educational and
community organizations involved, the many articles that were published about
the program, the number of Texan and French artists involved, and the number of
social media followers. This inspiring project even led to the subsequent “Once
Upon A Door” festival. The 19 various locations of these 60 doors were another
major factor of success, as they provided a tremendous level of exposure; over
500,000 people visited the different parks featuring this citywide public art
installation throughout the year that it was exhibited.
With over 50 partnerships, “Open the Door” provided an opportunity for over 50 diverse communities and over 100 artists to come together, to inspire each other, and to dare to use their creativity in a new format and new locales. Students, artists, and community members had the chance to exhibit and perform across the city of Houston (19 locations), giving them a greater sense of the art world and art community. The participants shared ideas, emotions, and moments of life. This project showed student artists — some as young as 11 — that their art and creativity could affect the world in a positive way.
By offering a form of expression that embodies the communities’ spirit, such as street art, and by making it accessible to the public, “Open the Door” took people’s consciousness outside of their homes, their offices, and their cars, inviting them to see the world beyond walls and welcome their neighbors through open doors.
The program has been showcased in tens of articles (printed, online, videos).
The Be-the-Peace – Be-the-Hope (BTPBTH) healing arts program adresses the social and emotional needs of at-risk students from the Greater Houston area. BTPBTH addresses the negative emotional, social, and environmental factors contributing to trauma, disengagement, delinquency, and academic failure.
Our results-driven workshops (with pre/post assessments) engage children/youth in at-risk environments through a positive identity and leadership development curriculum using therapeutic art and other disciplines, resulting in: exploring strengths. healing trauma, and regaining hope.
Our program team worked with up to 1,250 children/youth (500 in Houston local schools and 750 children/youth in refugee camps), performed 600 evaluations before and after the implementation of the program and trained 20 local teachers and 3 psychologists to assist in the process and create local sustainability
100% of the youth served in Houston and 50% of the youth served in the camps took the surveys of twelve items to measure the effectiveness of the instructional intervention across six domains: Self-efficacy, Resilience, Creative thinking, Relationships, Respect, and Physical and emotional safety.
The survey items included:
The youth served showed substantial increases in positive attitudinal changes in resilience (app. 20 % increase), and respect (app. 15 % increase). All three remaining domains: self-efficacy, relationships, creativity and safety that were measured showed positive impacts on the youth, with measurements showing an increase of about 8-10% over all domains. These results demonstrate a clear internal shift towards increased positive attitudes in the youth especially around resilience and impact to a lesser degree over the external factors of their camp environment, ex. safety outside of the programs control.
Qualitative questions surveyors asked the students included
1) What is one thing you learned?
“I learned to feel more confident about myself, to have hope”
“I learned how to share and respect others”
“I learned about respect, love and collaboration”
“I learned a lot of things such as being strong and help other people”
“I learned that all of us should protect and respect the community”
“I learned how to be myself, how to help others and that in union is the force”
2) Do you feel more hopeful after the workshops?
All students responded “yes” and one added- “yes, because this program taught me how to have hope and feel more secure about everything since I was negative before.”
The new installment of the Be-the-Peace – Be-the-Hope (BTPBTH) healing arts program addresses the social and emotional needs of 1,000 at-risk students from H.I.S.D. schools impacted by Harvey, including Wisdom, Marshal, Sugar Grove, Paul Revere, and Las Americas schools. BTPBTH addresses the negative emotional, social, and environmental factors contributing to trauma, disengagement, delinquency, and academic failure.
We have implemented the Be the Peace - Be the Hope healing arts program in three refugee camps: two in Burkina Faso, Africa, and one in Kurdistan, Iraq. The camps in Burkina Faso (Mentao and Goudebou) and Iraq (Darkar) had been established in 2012 and 2014 to house the thousands of displaced Malians, Yazidis and Christians who fled their homes to seek refuge from war and the violent extremism afflicting many surrounding countries and regions.
We worked with up to 750 children, performed 220 evaluations before and after the implementation of the program and trained 20 local teachers and 3 psychologists to assist in the process and create local sustainability
200 of the 360 youth served took the surveys of twelve items to measure the effectiveness of the instructional intervention across six domains: Self-efficacy, Resilience, Creative thinking, Relationships, Respect, and Physical and emotional safety.
The youth showed substantial increases in positive attitudinal changes in resilience (app. 20 % increase), and respect (app. 15 % increase). All three remaining domains: self-efficacy, relationships, creativity and safety that were measured showed positive impacts on the youth from the five- day program in Africa and from the fifteen-day program in Iraq, with measurements showing an increase of about 8-10% over all domains. These results demonstrate a clear internal shift towards increased positive attitudes in the youth especially around resilience and impact to a lesser degree over the external factors of their camp environment, ex. safety outside of the programs control.
Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores was also one of the facilitators that coordinated the Post Harvey mental health services at George R. Brown through her work at the Houston Galveston Institute.
Issues faced by TFAA:
1- Lack of diverse and adequate funding sources, lack of revenue
We hired a funding advisor to assist
in the corporate and foundation grant activities.
We hired a seasoned Board Member
who has substantial fundraising experience and knowledge and who is
helping us to increase our annual contributions from current contributors to
Overloaded administrative staff (executive director)
We hired an administrative assistant
and we have expanded our successful intern and volunteer program.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.