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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. These are a collection of profiles, sessions, and features that relate to stewardship.

LiA 2014 Featured Speaker: Maria Rosario Jackson -The Artist and their Publics in Cross-Sectoral Projects – Lessons Learned and Future Questions - Leading cultural thought leader and researcher Maria Rosario Jackson speaks on the importance of art and cross-sector partnerships for the future vitality of the field.

LiA Summit 2015: Reflective Partnering – Strengthening Community Partnerships and Continual Learning - In this lunchtime conversation, we looked at HGOco and Writers in the Schools, two organizations that have accomplished much separately, and much together.  The conversation explored not only what it takes to build a good partnership to engage new audiences, but how that engagement initiates change not just in the community but in the organizations themselves.

LiA Summit 2015 Keynote Speaker: Roberto Bedoya - Mr. Bedoya's keynote utilized TPAC's PLACE (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative as a case study for effective stewardship.

Profile in Leadership: Assata Richards - MA in Arts Leadership instructor discusses her understanding of the interdependence of art and community, Project Row Houses, and how the arts helped to expand her own understanding.

Profiles in Leadership: Harrison Guy - the Houston-based choreographer speaks about his career and his understanding of diversity and leadership development.

Profile in Leadership: Gary Gibbs - Texas Commission for the Arts Director Gary Gibbs talks about his career path and arts advocacy.

Profile in Leadership: Robin Reagler - Writers in the Schools Executive Director speaks about her career and how writing, schools, and audiences have been central to the developing relationships, leadership, and knowledge.

LiA Summit 2015: Alt. Models – Next Generation Alternative Spaces - This discussion investigated a new crop of spaces that are changing some of the dynamics between artists and audiences by giving different opportunities to local artists, and shifting the paradigm from simply putting stuff on the walls of a white cube, these individuals are addressing a gap in the arts ecosystem. What are the needs and gaps that this sector is addressing? Are these about long-term solutions, or about addressing now?  What are these new models offering audiences that cannot (should not) be addressed by other institutions?

LiA Summit 2015: Risk, Expectation and Failure – The Conflict of Intention v. Reception - How do artists, organizations and community deal with “failure” or incorporate that learning into the long-term process? 

Intersections Research Initiative - The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts was awarded a grant to investigate how performing arts can be a powerful tool to address the (mis)perceptions about Muslims in today's society.