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.
Wagan is known for collaborating with performers whose works tackle prescient cultural, social, and political issues. He currently serves on the board of Dance Source Houston, The M.A.T.C.H. (Midtown Arts and Theater Complex Houston), and the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA.
He is a celebrated commissioner and producer of contemporary art works, and has served on the boards of the National Performance Network, The MacDowell Colony, QFest, and previouslye served as a Hub Site for the National Dance Project and on the advisory board for the Texan French Alliance for the Arts.
Mr. Wagan has been part of the Performing Arts Japan Advisory Committee, FUSED (French – US Exchange for Dance), the Contemporary Art Centers consortium and the Performing Americas Project; and has previously served as Dance Down Under Ambassador for the Australian Arts Council and as a primary consultant to Creative Capital.
Wagan has served on a number of granting panels for private foundations, spoken at numerous national conferences, was published as part of Counting Beans: Intrinsic Impact of Art (Theater Bay Area), and has been recognized with two awards in Houston for dance presenting. He served on the Center for Houston's Future Policy Committee for the 2014 Indicator Report on Arts and Cultural Heritage and is currently on the Culture and Tourism committee for the Greater Houston Partnership.