Women at Work for Your
The Houston Junior
2013−January 18, 2014
This exhibit features one of Houstonís
most active and notable womenís volunteer organizations, the
Houston Junior Forum (HJF). They began serving the community in
1946 by focusing on providing for the needs of the immigrant
community in Houstonís East End. HJF then expanded its projects
to include The Community House Preschool, The Recreation Center
for Older Adults, and The Senior Guidance Program/Directory.
Currently, in addition to providing volunteer support for eight
organizations in the community, they operate the HJF Resale Shop
in the Heights and administer a College Scholarship Program and
a Community Grants Program.
Each year the HJF President has been honored for her leadership
with an amazing one-of-a kind skirt that is truly a work of art
and a labor of love. This exhibit features an historic profile
of HJF service and assembles thirty of the former HJF
Presidentsí skirts created over the past six decades. Depending
on the complexity and size of the design, completing a skirt can
require months of work by up to twenty to thirty volunteers. The
intricate beading and fabric applique result in skirts which
often weigh more than twenty-five pounds. In the spring each
year, the presentation of the skirt is a festive moment eagerly
awaited by the president and the membership. This exhibit
captures the selfless spirit of community service and the
exquisite beauty of hand crafted works of art and is proudly
presented by The Heritage Society Museum Gallery for the
enjoyment of Houstonians and visitors from around the world.
Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait
The Heritage Society is funded in part by a grant from the
City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Enjoy PBS segment about the exhibit.