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Bumba Meu Boi "The Magical Brazilian Bull"

The Bumba Meu Boi Cultural Complex from Brazil was recognized on 12/11/2019 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The title was awarded by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The Complex is the sixth Brazilian element on the list, along with Kusiwa Art, Samba de Roda, Frevo,…


The Houston Ice Festival: Tour Around the World

This unique visual arts program will be free and open to the public, featuring an ice sculpting competition with a "People’s Choice Award", interactive ice sculptures, live ice sculpting performances and “Meet the Artist” sessions to further engage community members to learn about the art of hand ice sculpting and our participating artists. We will…


Project Mars

In 2018, NASA invited college students and novice art professionals to share their excitement in an art competition about the space agency’s goal of returning to the Moon, with the ultimate aim of placing a person on the surface of the planet Mars.  The University of Houston-Downtown is happy to house the winning entries in…

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