'Capturing the Uniqueness
of Texas Arts and Culture'

      Texas Foundation for the Arts has been showcasing Texas arts, culture and history through the creation of award-winning documentary films and series television programs since its founding in 2001. 

      With a mission to capture the uniqueness of Texas arts and culture, Texas Foundation for the Arts strives to bring Texas'  vast arts and cultural landscape to viewers of PBS.

     2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston. 

     Our documentary, titled Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial, highlights the grit and determination needed to dredge sleepy Buffalo Bayou into a mega 52-mile shipping lane from Galveston Bay to Houston 100 years ago, and how Houston's vast inland Port is called the "irreplaceable Port" for the United States. 

View of the Fred Hartman Bridge at night from the Ship Channel

Photo courtesy of Capt. Lou Vest

The program will premiere on Houston's PBS affiliate Houston Public Media TV 8 on Monday, November 10, 2014, exactly 100 years to the day that President Woodrow Wilson opened the Ship Channel from the White House in Washington.

Major funding for this program provided by Exxon Mobil; additional funding provided by Amegy Bank of Texas, NA; B B & T Bank; Buffalo Marine Services, Inc.; CenterPoint Energy; Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation; Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.; Greater Houston Port Bureau; Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gulf Winds International, Inc.; The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation; Houston Pilots Association; Intercontinental Terminals Company; International Longshoremen’s Association; Kirby Corporation; Kornegay and Company, LLC; LyondellBasell; Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.; Port of Houston Authority; Nolan and Bobbie Richardson Family; Shell Oil Company; Strasburger & Price, LLC; Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc.; Tellepsen Family; and Vopak. 

Texas Foundation for the Arts is funded by a grant from the

City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.


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The program will premiere on Houston Public Media TV 8, and then be made available to Texas PBS for broadcast on PBS stations across the state.





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Opera composer Carlisle Floyd joins Kim Lykins

at ZapBoomBang Studios during a recent visit to Houston

Houston Arts Radio is hosted by

Kim Lykins

and co-produced and edited by

 Maxine Lennon.

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Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial


The Houston Ship Channel is celebrating its 100th year of maritime service in 2014, and Texas Foundation for the Arts’ new 56-minute documentary explores the rich history, as well as present-day operations of the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, now the busiest port in the United States.  The program offers a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at the operations of a huge modern port, including the importance of the enormous new container ships that will be entering the Gulf of Mexico with the expansion of the Panama Canal, also celebrating its centennial in 2014.

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Asia Society Texas Center

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Famed architect Yoshio Taniguchi designed his first free-standing building in the U.S., and a new Texas landmark for Houston's Museum District. 

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1910 Harris County Courthouse

    Filmed over the course of five years, and winner of a Preservation Houston 2013 "Good Brick Award, The 1910 Harris County Courthouse is a continuation of our PBS series featuring renovated courthouses throughout Texas.

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 The Art of Architecture: Houston

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Most Recent News / Press


October 15, 2014

Thanks to the Bay Area Citizen for the Houston Ship Channel Documentary article.

September 15, 2014

Houston Public Media TV 8 will premiere Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial on Monday, November 10, at 9 p.m., exactly 100 years to the day that the Houston Ship Channel was opened for business by President Woodrow Wilson.

July 1, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Exxon Mobil has come on board as the lead funder for our upcoming documentary on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston.

April 30, 2014

Thank you, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, for your City's Initiative Grant, administered by Houston Arts Alliance, in support of our Houston Ship Channel/Port documentary, and for joining our other funders which include the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, B B & T Bank and Strasburger & Price LLP.

January 20, 2014

KERA-TV in Dallas will rebroadcast the third episode of The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses on Thursday, January 30, and rerun our very first documentary, The Prairie View A&M Story, on Monday, February 17!


October 8, 2013

Thank you Texas Society of Architects/AIA for honoring Texas Foundation for the Arts as its 2013 recipient of the "Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers, Hon. AIA"!

July 22, 2013

KNCT-TV will broadcast Asia Society Texas Center on Thursday, July 25 at 9:00 p.m. Tune in if you're in Killeen, Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Temple, Belton or Waco!

July 1, 2013

Asia Society Texas Center will be broadcast on KEDT-TV in Corpus Christi on Sunday, July 7 at 9:30 p.m. and rebroadcast Friday, July 12 at 9:30 p.m.

May 15, 2013

Asia Society Texas Center will premiere on KERA in Dallas on Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

May 5, 2013

Asia Society Texas Center will premiere on KLRU in Austin on Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 p.m. with several additional broadcasts in May.

March 19, 2013

Asia Society Texas Center will premiere on Houston Public Media TV 8 on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. with a rebroadcast on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.

February, 2013

The 1910 Harris County Courthouse wins a Preservation Houston "Good Brick Award" for excellence in historic preservation.




DVDs of Asia Society Texas Center, Galveston Island, Brushstrokes of South Texas: The Murals of Daniel Lechon and The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses are available through Houston Public Media.

Please call 713-748-8888.


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Contact Information


Kimberly Bjork Lykins

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Texas Foundation for the Arts

P.O. Box 667183
Houston, TX 77266-7183
Phone: 713-529-0787