Recent Cultural Bridges Activities
Cultural Bridges, an outreach program of Holocaust Museum Houston, joined the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science for “Adopt a Butterfly Day”on Oct. 11, 2008. Cultural Bridges members and guests created arts-and-crafts butterflies for Holocaust Museum Houston’s Butterfly Project. In an effort to remember the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust, the Museum is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies for a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012.
"Dealing with Contemporary Genocide"
As obviously apparent from the mass killing fields that spanned the 20th century and spilt over into the 21st century, there is an urgent need for an effective system of intervention and prevention of genocide. Recognizing the early signs and preventing genocide remains a challenge that nations and individuals continue to face today. Cultural Bridges members heard Lt. Gen. Roméo A. Dallaire discuss that challenge on March 25, 2008 at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.
"Cultural Bridges 2009 Kickoff Event"
More than 170 people attended the official launch of Cultural Bridges, one of Houston's most dynamic and inclusive groups for young business and community leaders in Texas. The April 22, 2009 event at Benjy's on Washington featured select works from two of Holocaust Museum Houston’s traveling exhibits, "There is No Why Here" by Karl P. Koenig and "When They Came to Take My Father" by Mark Seliger.
“Cabaret in Context: An Historical Look at a Broadway Classic”
Cultural Brides and UP@TUTS provided historical insight into the setting of "Cabaret" and explained the creative choices that helped the show stay true to its time and context during its Houston run in a special preview on June 11, 2009. UP@TUTS is the urban professionals group for Theater Under the Stars. Guests were treated to special excerpts from the show and guest lectures by Cynthia Capers, Holocaust Museum Houston's associate director of education, and Michael Tapley, a veteran Broadway actor, former Cabaret director and the artistic director of The Tommy Tune Awards from TUTS.
“Cultural Bridges Houston Rockets Game Outing ”
Houston Rocket Yao Ming was on hand to mingle with members of Cultural Bridges at the Houston Rockets Game Outing on Jan. 31. Almost 60 guests had an opportunity to meet Ming and to hear about the Darfur Dream Team, a program started by Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady and the Enough Project. The Darfur Dream Team is a dynamic partnership of organizations and professional basketball players working together on the Sister Schools Program, an initiative to connect American middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities with sister schools in 12 refugee camps in Chad.
"Luncheon with Leaders" Focused on Modern-Day Genocide
After the Holocaust, cries of "Never Again" were heard throughout the world. Yet, genocide has occurred since then and continues to occur today. Almost 60 people joined Cultural Bridges, an outreach program of Holocaust Museum Houston, along with the United Way Young Leaders for this "Luncheon with Leaders" on March 4, 2010. Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, Museum's director of education, and Cynthia Capers, associate director, discussed modern-day genocides with the group. Following the presentation, the attendees were given a brief tour of Holocaust Museum Houston led by a docent.
"The Glass House Exhibiton"
Cultural Bridges guests were treated to an unexpected surprise on March 28, 2011, when two Holocaust survivors who credit former Swiss Vice Consul Carl Lutz with saving their lives got to meet Lutz's daughter and personally thank her. Agnes Hirschi, daughter of Lutz, the Swiss vice consul in Budapest, Hungary from 1942 until the end of World War II who helped save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi extermination camps during the Holocaust, was on hand to speak about her father and the “Glass House Exhibition,” which tells the story of a house that served as a safe haven in 1944 for thousands of people.
“Genocide Gives Me the Blues: An HMH Cultural Bridges Event”
Guests at the Cultural Bridges special event “Genocide Gives Me the Blues" on April 6, 2011 heard an introduction from HMH education staff on current genocide issues, followed by networking time that included meeting other HMH staff members and continued with musical entertainment. Photographs from the Holocaust Museum Houston travelling exhibition “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond” also were on display.
“Vino in Vilna: An
Evening of Wine, Art and Conversation”
Cultural Bridges launched the new series Art Talk: Learn and Create, at which individuals are invited to create their own works of art inspired by exhibitions and events at Holocaust Museum Houston, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. The opening event was Vino in Vilna: An Evening of Wine, Art and Conversation.