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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 Kathrine G. McGovern 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.


  • Welcome our 2018 Fellows

    Congratulations to Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat, the 2018 UH CASE-PRH Fellows! We are excited to work with them throughout the year on their creative research that explores ideas around People and Place. Join us on Feb 21 at 6:30 pm at Project Row Houses for their artist lectures!

  • Community Conversation

    CASE with FotoFest invited artist and advocate Sharon Louden and frequent collaborator Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Hyperallergic) to Houston to explore the ideas from her book “Artist as Culture Producer – Living a Sustaining Life.” Watch the video of the community conversation that started with "What does it mean to be an 'artist citizen' today?" and "What is 'success' today to artists and organizations in regard to the elevating the value of arts today."

  • Harvey Arts Recovery Fund

    CASE is taking a leadership role to support artists, and small- to mid-sized arts organizations in their recovery after Hurricane Harvey. We are raising and disseminating resources to support this sector to speed the recovery process. We are accepting donations and providing updated information through the website. Applications for second round of grants are open from Feb 15-Mar 1.

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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.