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• Talento Bilingue de Houston - One of the largest Latino cultural centers in the U.S., this showplace serves as the center for performing and visual arts in the Hispanic community.

• Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts - MECA is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the healthy social, cultural, and academic development of at-risk, inner-city youth through education in the arts.

• Project Row Houses - 22 shotgun style homes in the heart of Third Ward were rescued by Project Row Houses. The group then developed them into a center for art and cultural education programs, which celebrate African American history and culture. They also provide community services and “galleries” for local artists.

• Community Artist Collective - The Collective taps the creative juices of local artists to promote art education, entrepreneurship and cultural awareness. The result is improved community development through the visual arts.

• Express Theatre - Excels at creating and presenting professional, multicultural performing arts for children and families. Their productions depict ethnic values and artistic elements from many cultures to reflect Houston's diverse population.

• Tien Hou Temple - This lovely setting features elaborately carved dragon columns, altars and symbols of Buddhist, Taoist and other Eastern ideologies. The Tien Hou Temple is in the heart of Chinatown, just north of downtown Houston.

• Trinity United Methodist Church - This congregation grew from a small mission organized in 1848 for the slave membership of the Houston Methodist Church (now First United Methodist Church). Trinity Methodist Church grew to number 100 within the first year. In 1869 the cornerstone was laid for a sanctuary at 1408 Travis and Bell streets. The Church played a part in the founding of Wiley College in 1873 and Texas Southern University in 1925.

• Antioch Missionary Baptist Church - Oldest Black Baptist church in Houston and an important African-American historical landmark, Antioch was founded just months after the end of the Civil War by newly emancipated slaves. The site was purchased in 1873.

• Texas Southern University Museum - Texas Southern University is the largest historically Black college in Texas. Located in the historic Third Ward, the University's Museum offers visitors an opportunity to view African American art and exhibits.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - A state of Texas landmark, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was built in 1923. The Church took the place of a wood frame structure used to minister to Mexican American refugees fleeing the 1901 revolution.

• Casa Ramirez Folk Art - The gallery exhibits and sells various Mexican craftwork, from portraits, antiques and ceramic, clay, metal and wood artifacts and figures, to the most varied artistic elements.

• Texas Guandi Temple - In tribute to answered prayers, a Vietnamese couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ngo, built the Guandi Temple, the largest of its kind in the United States. The temple is dedicated to the Warrior god Guandi, defender against evil and represents truth and honesty.

• Sri Meenakshi Temple - Beginning with five acres of land acquired in 1978, the devotees of Sri Meenakshi Temple have built on of the most impressive Hindu facilities in the Southwest. Regular Pooja services to all deities are conducted.

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