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Sixto Wagan

Director, Center for Art & Social Engagement

Sixto Wagan is the inaugural director for the Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houston.  Prior to this role, he led the contemporary art center DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including Artistic Director, Co-Executive Director and Performing Arts Curator. During his tenure, he nurtured artists, communities and emerging arts organizations through commissions and place-based initiatives. 

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Sixto Wagan

University of Houston Advisory Board

  • Karen Farber, Executive Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
  • Fleurette S. Fernando Director of the MA Program in Arts Leadership
  • Catherine Horn, Associate Professor & Senior Research Associate - National Center for Student Success, College of Education
  • Rex Koontz, Professor and Director of School of Art
  • Karen Stokes, Professor, School of Theatre and Dance
  • James Thurmond, Director, Master of Public Administration Program


  • Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Performance as Public Practice, Chair - Minor in Arts Management and Administration, University of Texas, Austin
  • Patricia Graney, choreographer, community organizer, 2013 Doris Duke Artist
  • Autumn Knight. performance artist and educator, 2016 Studio Museum of Harlem Artist Residency recipient
  • Aaron Landsman, playwright, director and educator, playwright, director and educator, Princeton University Belknap Visiting Fellow

Student Leadership Board Representative

  • Moriah Hargrove Anders (Engineering – expected graduation 2017)

Community Members

  • Birgitt Van Wijk, Board Ars Lyrica Houston, Early Music America Board of Trustees, and Houston Grand Opera Board of Trustees
  • Bryan Scrivner, Conoco
  • Jonathon Glus, CEO Houston Arts Alliance
  • C.C. Connor, Director Emeritus Houston Ballet
  • Ryan Dennis, Public Programs Director, Project Row Houses
  • Stephanie Todd Wong, Performing Arts and Culture Director, Asia Society Texas Center