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UCtalentShowcaseUNCOMMON COLORS Talent Showcase

November 10, 7:00-9:00pm
UC South Legacy Lounge, FREE

Join in the Uncommon Colors first talent showcase that will feature spoken word, music and other student talents that will be sure to entertain.

pop-up paint party

Pop-Up Paint Party

September 10, 2015
6 - 8PM

Great fun had by all. And cupcakes! Check out images on Flickr.


2015 Summer Events: Let the Student Leadership Board be your guide to Houston's vibrant Summer Arts Season.

This is the inaugural event for the The Student Leadership Board Summer Events provides opportunities for UH students and recent alumni to network and experience the vibrant arts scene during the Summer.  Members of the Student Leadership Board curate, market and produce the events through the Center for Arts Leadership. 

2015liaLeadership in the Arts Summit 2015

April 6
9:30 -5pm
University Center Ballrooom

Art relies on audiences to provide meaning and support.  With relevance a new buzz word in funding circles, the next Leadership in the Arts Summit examines best-practice and leading thinking around how art and audience come together. The one day conference will feature leading national thinkers and local panelists around the ideas of stewarding audiences/publics.


The Student Leadership Board wants to dialogue.  Instead of relying on internet aggregators, they have identified essays and articles to spark the discussion about these pressing topics in arts leadership. Join us for food and conversation

Thursday, April 2 - Identity, Race & Community in Performance (facilitated by Cecelia White)

Wednesday, April 8 – The Role of the Arts and Artists in Community Revitalization (facilitated by Rashida Moore)

Thursday, April 16 – Alternative Spaces // Houston - (facilitiated by Brandon Zech)



March 27: 4411 Montrose

Student Leadership board members Melinda Laszczynski and Brandon Zech have curated Scenes, the inaugural Student Leadership Board Programs Event.  This pop-up gallery features three artists ho have graduated from or are currently enrolled in UH's School of Art: of John Forse, Cheyanne Ramos, and Sandra de la Rosa.

Creative Placemaking - What it really takes for art to drive placemaking

A conversation between Jamie Bennett (ArtPlace America) and Jonathon Glus (Houston Arts Alliance)

ArtPlaceFriday, November 14, 2014
University Center Theater

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Arts Leadership and presented by Houston Arts Alliance, this conversation between ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett and HAA's Jonathon Glus will explore the realities around the increasingly discussed ideas of Creative Placemaking - a movement that reimagines public spaces at the heart of every community, a transformative approach and a philosophy that inspires people to create and improve their public places. 

UH Arts Alumni Reception and Success in the Arts Panel


As part of UH Homecoming Week, UH Arts Alumni were invited to mingle with current students at a reception and panel discussion. The Success in the Arts Panel featured five UH Arts alumni from varying stages of their careers, to discuss their unique artistic journey and how they have defined and attained success over the years.

Creative Placemaking Series

Creative Placemaking - Building Community or Displacing It?

The Center for Arts Leadership participated in the Western Arts Alliance's Panel in San Antonio.  Wagan will moderated a panel featuring Ron Berry (Artistic Director, Fusebox Festival); Amada Cruz (Executive Director, Artpace); Michael Anthony Garcia(Visual Artist & Curator).

Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place

artliveshere November 3, 2014 

Center for Arts Leadership Director Sixto Wagan participated in this national convening. The onsite participants included 26 representatives from dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary organizations along with national arts leaders and was facilitated by Barbara Schaffer Bacon, author, teacher, and co-director of Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy initiative. 

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Dinner Vention 2,
Denver, CO - October 9, 2014

Sixto Wagan was selected as one of eight leaders who "achieved a level of success and renown, but who have not yet reached the zenith in their career trajectories" to participate in Barry's Blog/WESTAF's Dinner Vention 2.  The discussion centered around the mutually agreed upon topic: Broken Models - Picking Up the Pieces and Moving Forward. Each of the participants submitted a position paper prior to the live event held in Denver.  The full video of the event is now online.  Barry's Blog will follow up this event with published interviews with the participants.


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

Supported by the Houston Endowment and the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series, 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.

Center for Creative Work

Center for Creative Work - Arts in Houston Lecture Series: Part III

Leadership through Creative Evolution

November 13, 5-7pm
Honors College Commons 

Center for Arts Leadership Director Sixto Wagan looked at leadership and the artistic process, asking if “Leadership” is an art form. From the framework of Houston art scene and the national dialogue on the arts since the mid-90s, Wagan examined the evolution of leadership models in the non-profit arts field.  He touched on organizational life cycles, representation at policy tables and the continuing hybridization of the arts field.

Arts+Culture TX

Tuesday, November 12 - 5:30-7:30PM

Profiles in Leadership Reception
Wortham Theater Lobby - Mitchell Center for the Arts Building

Celebrating the partnership with monthly culture magazine Arts+Culture: Texas and the launch of Profiles in Leadership with featured guests Selven O'Keef Jarmon and Bulwela Bam. 

Read the feature here.


October 25-26: Creative Time Summit – Houston
KIVA Room, Farrish Hall 

Friday, October 25: 9am - 6pm
Saturday, October 26: 10am - 5pm

Every year at the Creative Time Summit, the most innovative artists, activists, critics, writers, and curators come together in New York to engage with one another and a global audience about how they are attempting to change our world in unprecedented ways. Participants range from art world luminaries and rural community organizers to international activists. The Center for Arts Leadership and Project Row Houses partnered to host the Houston screening and initiate creative conversations exploring how these international topics impact our local community.  Keynote speakers included: Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory; Lucy Lippard, Critic and Writer; Rebecca Solnit, Writer, with an insightful and provocative discussion with Houston's Rick Lowe, Founding director of Project Row Houses.

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Watch the presentations and panels from the summit.  Read a reaction to the event.  Read the full schedule.

Want to read up about Creative Placemaking and Creative Economies?  The 2010 NEA Executive summary and Artplace are two national funding sources for Creative Placemaking.  Creative Time 2103 Summit Panelist Anne Gadwa Nicodemus has published an update in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (Summer2012).  Also, thought-provoking posts about Outcomes and Logic Models from Createquity and it has links to a number of alternative responses. 


October 17, 2 – 5PM: A Taste of the Arts 

 Indulge your senses and sample the best of th the arts at UH! 

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Schedule of Events