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This Year's MasterMinds Are....(With Video)

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Once again the Houston Press is trying to lend a hand and give a shout to deserving nonprofit groups and creative people in town with our MasterMind awards, which not only include high honor but, perhaps even more important, a $2,000 check.

Last year the winners were Opera Vista; Reginald Adams, founder of the Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston; and the SoReal Cru.

This year the winners are:

Foodways Texas, a new organization dedicated to preserving the food history of Texas.

Catastrophic Theatre, founded by its artistic director Jason Nodler. In 2010, Catastrophic Theatre premiered -- to considerable acclaim -- Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood, a play about a Dutch rock star/artist/poet whose life ended in suicide in 2001.

Nameless Sound and its director David Dove. Nameless Sound is a nonprofit exploring new ways to teach music in public schools and out in the community.

Foodways Texas:

Catastrophic Theatre:

Nameless Sound:

Congratulations to all, and thanks to readers for nominating many other deserving groups. As always, it's a very tough decision to pick the top three.

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