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New Name, Renewed Focus

Artists and artist-centered organizations have shaped contemporary attitudes, initiated bold ventures and changed prevailing thought. In Houston, with its culture of entrepreneurship and its vibrant arts community, numerous examples exist of how artists and arts organizations have taken leadership roles in communities. By raising awareness to needs, redefining the discourse and inspiring new public and private initiatives, effective arts leadership can have impact far beyond the economic. Initially created as the Center for Arts Leadership, Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) reflects the refined focus on arts impact.

Civic and social engagement initiatives that use creative work in the arts as a means of linking the College to its neighborhood and its city are a College of the Arts priority. The Center for Art and Social Engagement will be one of the strategies for achieving these aims. CASE will be the new iteration of the former Center for Arts Leadership, which was housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The work of the Center for Arts Leadership laid the groundwork for CotA priorities in civic and social engagement; the name change seeks to clarify and emphasize the important relationship that the College will have with the city and with the national arts community.

Features

  • 2017 Fellows Talk - New Date

    The University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts (CotA) and Project Row Houses (PRH) 2017 Fellows will share about their previous work and their guiding questions for the upcoming fellowship year. The talk is now scheduled for March 27, from 6-8pm at Blaffer Art Museum.

  • Funding Strategies - A Workshop

    Got a great creative idea but you need a little support to get it off the ground? Fundraising can be overwhelming, but getting the money for your upcoming art project may be simpler than you think. Join Susannah Mitchell for an overview workshop on strategies and resources for individual artists seeking funds to support their professional art career. Friday March 31, 10 - Noon.

  • Representation and 21st Century Responsibilities in the Performing Arts

    As part of an ongoing national discussion about race and representation, CASE partners with Asia Society Texas Center and Houston Grand Opera to host a panel discussion and public conversation that uses the lens of Asian and Asian American identity to surface ideas of representation, voice, and creative interpretation. The panel and conversation will discuss recent trends, organizational realities, audience reactions, and items for future action.

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Themes

There is a wealth of knowledge and research about the arts and best practice.  Though social media is a great aggregator, we are confronted with so many streams of information, many of us have little time to process, much less incorporate these new ideas into our daily lives. These are a collection of profiles, sessions, and features that relate to the key themes we examine at the center

  • Arts & Community Stewardship

    Arts leaders nationally and locally are talking about engaging audiences, program relevancy, and connectedness to the public. High impact engagement, starts before the show/exhibition and lasts long after. Connectedness does not occur through a single transaction, but, instead through a series of events that build toward an experience. The shift toward art as a relational experience demands new levels of skills, additional or alternative resources, and different end goals.

  • Creative Economy

    In a city of industry sectors such as energy, medicine and international trade, the contributions the creative businesses have on a city's economy are chronically unrecognized. Creative businesses – advertising, film/video production, writing and editorial, etc. – are critical, elemental components of any traditional business.

  • Creative Placemaking

    The NEA defines Creative Placemaking: when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.