Center for Arts Leadership
University of Houston
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002 

News and Events

Upcoming 2014 Events:

Previous Events


Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2014
Leadership in the Arts Summit UH Alumni Center

Supported by the Houston Endowment, the Leadership in the Arts Summit invites artists, arts professionals, students, faculty, funders, philanthropists, community members and potential partners to convene and chart a course for the future of Houston’s arts community.

The Spring 2014 Summit will focus on where we are now and how we got here. Particular focus will be on establishing common terminology, current trends in arts metrics and assessment, and how cross-sector partnerships and collaborations play an increasing role in current arts practice. The Summit will feature speakers and research, but allow for dialogue and local exchange.

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Encuentro: Antena @ Blaffer

February 14 & 15
Blaffer Museum

A weekend-long gathering (encuentro) to explore the powerful ideas of language justice and language experimentation at the heart of the Antena installation. Eleven artists—both local, national and international—were invited to contribute work to Antena @ Blaffer; these artists will present workshops, readings, performances and more over the course of the weekend. The Encuentro is designed to facilitate bilingual conversation and collaboration between Houston literary and visual arts communities and artists from elsewhere working nationally and internationally. The entire encuentro will be in English and in Spanish with live interpretation between both languages. Participating artists are Benvenuto Chavajay (Sololá, Guatemala), Jamal Cyrus (Houston), María-Elisa Heg (Houston), Autumn Knight (Houston), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Philadelphia), Ayanna Jolivet McCloud (Houston), Nuria Montiel (Mexico City), Kaia Sand (Portland), Efraín Velasco (Oaxaca), Cecilia Vicuña (New York/Santiago), and Stalina Villarreal (Houston).Friday, February 14
Note: daytime events are open only to registered participants; evening program is open to the public

7:00pm – 9:00pm: María-Elisa Heg, Ayanna Jolivet-McCloud, Nuria Montiel, Kaia Sand, Efraín Velasco (Introductions by Antena)

Saturday, February 15
Note: daytime events are open only to registered participants; evening program is open to the public

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Jamal Cyrus, Autumn Knight, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Cecilia Vicuña (via Skype), Stalina Villarreal, Benvenuto Chavajay (Introductions by Antena)

To Register for the daytime seminar and exchange go to:


Artist Town Hall 2014

February 18, 6:30
Eldorado Ballroom
2310 Elgin 

Art League Houston and Fresh Arts are excited to invite the Houston visual artist community to an Artist Town Hall Meeting. The focus of this meeting is to collectively discuss the growing needs of artists living and working in the Houston area. Topics of discussion are open but could include issues such as artist stipends, public art and exhibition opportunities, affordable housing, studios and health insurance. The Town Hall format will be interactive, offering multiple opportunities for participants to offer input and ask questions.

The meeting will be facilitated by three respected Houston artists: Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Carrie Schneider and Patrick Renner. Their role will be to help the audience identify some of the needs, questions and concerns that the Houston artist community is grappling with today and issues for the future.Partnering organizations include: Alabama Song; Aurora Picture Show; BOX 13 ArtSpace; Center for Arts Leadership at UH; Community Artist's Collective; DiverseWorks; EL RINCÓN SOCIAL (ERS); galleryHOMELAND; Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC); Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC); Lawndale Art Center; Project Row Houses (PRH); Suplex; The Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston; Visual Arts Alliance (VAA); and Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB).This is an event facilitated by artists, for artists. If an artist works for a visual arts organization they are welcome to come as their artist self, but NOT as a representative of their organization.

A reception with light snacks and refreshments will immediately follow the event.

Center for Arts Leadership in the Media

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Profiles in Leadership launches in Arts + Culture: Texas.  Inaugural interview with Selven O'Keef Jarmon can be seen in print or online.  A few of the photos from the reception can be seen here.

Center Director Sixto Wagan was interviewed by Kyoung H. Park, leader of the Cultural Democracy and Representation Team for The Brooklyn Commune Project, one of a series of interviews to address issues of diversity and social inclusion in contemporary performing arts.

UH is the Houston Screening Site for the 2013 Creative Time Summit.

Video of the UH Arts 2013 Open House - A Taste of the Arts which included the Center for Arts Leadership.

Fleurette Fernando, director of the M.A. in Arts Leadership, and Sixto Wagan, director of the Center for Arts Leadership are quoted in Culture Map Houston’s article on the College’s Arts Leadership Initiative, University of Houston launches graduate program to train leaders in the arts. Glasstire's take on the new initiative.

Announcements for the Center and the appointment of Director Sixto Wagan appeared in The Daily Cougar, Houston Culturemap, Houston Chronicle and on Glasstire.  

Read The Daily Cougar's article about The Houston Endowment $1.5 million investment in UH Arts and the Center for Arts Leadership here.