'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. Our mission is to capture the uniqueness of Texas arts and culture.

     Our newest documentary, Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy  premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8/PBS in 2016 and has been seen multiple times on Austin PBS/KLRU and KEDT in Corpus Christi.

      The program highlights the rich history of the footprint of land that dates back to early Texas land grants in the 1800s, and now includes The Galleria, Uptown Houston and numerous luxury high-rise residential and commercial buildings, juxtaposed with the serenity of Memorial Park. 

      We are proud to announce the program was recently awarded a prestigious national 2017 Telly Award in the TV Shows/Historical category!

     We were also recently honored to receive the Friends of the Texas Room's Julia Ideson Award, named for the first librarian in Houston (1885-1945), for our use of the Houston Metropolitan Media Research Center's (HMRC) extensive library of historical documents and archive photos located at the historic, beautifully restored Ideson Library building.


Kim Lykins and Jim Bailey, Executive Producers of

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy receiving the Julia Ideson Award

Q&A session following Post Oak Boulevard film preview event at

Williams Tower featured titans of industry:  (l-r) Giorgio Borlenghi,

Dan Worrall, Gerald Hines, Robert Sakowitz and Raymond Brochstein.


Gerald Hines gets ready for his close up at Houston Public Media TV8/PBS

(l-r) Uptown Houston District's Bob Ethington with Gerald Hines and

co-executive producers Kim Lykins and Jim Bailey.

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     Glowing reviews continue to come in for the March 2016 world premiere of Houston Grand Opera's opera Prince of Players.  See Classical Voice America and Culture Map Houston

     The program recently premiered in New York to more glowing reviews including this from the New York Times.

       Written and composed by legendary American opera composer Carlisle Floyd, this captivating story takes place in Shakespearian times when women began to take the stage alongside men who traditionally played female roles.  

     Produced in association with Jane Floyd Matheny/INFINITE Communications.


Opening Night Curtain Call (l-r):  Costume designer Gregory Gale; set designer Shoko Kambara; Director Michael Gieleta; Maestro Floyd;

HGO Music Director Patrick Summers; and Ben Edquist as Kynestan

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     2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston.  Our documentary, Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial, highlights the grit and determination needed to dredge the a meandering 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

Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial premiered 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. 





 Houston Arts Radio

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.

Click below for archived interviews:

Karine Parker-Lemoyne

Rouge Art

Texan-French Alliance for the Arts

Houston Arts Radio

Fran Sanders

Public Poetry

Houston Arts Radio

Dominique Royem

Galveston Symphony Orchestra

Houston Arts Radio

Joseph Havel

Glassell School CORE Program

Houston Arts Radio

Mary Guillory & Dr. Jason Oby

Houston Ebony Opera

Houston Arts Radio

Robert Simpson

Houston Chamber Choir

Houston Arts Radio



Maxine Lennon

Irish Storyteller

Houston Arts Radio



Most Recent Program


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Houstonians tend to think of

“The Galleria area" or "Uptown Houston" as new and bustling. The land's rich history goes back to the early 1800s and Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300."  

Texas Foundation for the Arts' new 56-minute program tells the story of the area, which includes Memorial Park, and the visionaries who turned this once rural flatland into the thriving commercial, residential and retail area it is today.

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The Houston Ship Channel celebrated its 100th year of deep water maritime service in 2014, and Texas Foundation for the Arts’ 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. 

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Asia Society Texas Center

(Click for YouTube clip)


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.

CultureMap.com Story


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 The Art of Architecture: Houston

The Art of Architecture


Houston Arts Television






Most Recent News / Press


February 27, 2017

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy wins a national Telly Award!

November 15, 2016

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy will premiere on KEDT-TV PBS in Corpus Christi on Thursday, December 29 at 9 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Friday, December 30 at 11 p.m.

November 4, 2016

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy will be rebroadcast on Houston Public Media TV8/PBS during a membership drive on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

October 14, 2016

Texas Foundation for the Arts will be awarded the Julia Ideson Award for Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy" on Oct. 24.  The award honors projects that "contribute to the documentation of local and Texas history and culture" while utilizing the vast archival resources of the Texas Room at the Houston Public Library.


September 12, 2016

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy will be rebroadcast on Austin PBS KLRU TV at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Set your DVRs!

July 15, 2016

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy DVDs are available by calling our post production house, The Editing Company, at


July 13, 2016

Two-fer: Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy will premiere on KLRU, Austin PBS, on September 8, 2016, along with Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial!


June 26, 2016

Houston Chronicle article highlights Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy


May 25, 2016

Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy will premiere on Monday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. with repeat broadcasts at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

March 14, 2016

See Maestro Carlisle Floyd talk about the creation of Prince of Players live from New York this Friday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time:  Masters At Work: Opera America Webcast


March 7, 2016

Don't miss the two final performances of Carlisle Floyd's world premiere of Houston Grand Opera's Prince of Players this Friday, March 11 and Sunday matinee March 13.


February 26, 2015

Honored to be among the winners of this year's Telly Awards for our Houston Ship Channel documentary!


February 25, 2015

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial, will be broadcast on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, on Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, March 24 at 10 p.m.


December 6, 2014

Bay Area Houston Magazine article highlights Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial.


November 30, 2014

To order DVDs of Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial, please call The Editing Company at 713-783-2655.


November 11, 2014

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial will be broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. on KPRC/NBC's THIStv (320 on Comcast, check local Houston listings) and rebroadcast on Houston's PBS affiliate, Houston Public Media TV 8, Sunday, November 16 at 5 p.m.

November 10, 2014

Click to read CultureMap story on Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial.


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!


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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