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UH Arts Initiative

Launched by University of Houston President Renu Khator in 2009, the UH Arts Initiative focuses on the role of the arts as a catalyst for innovation and excellence. The UH Arts initiative strives to: make UH a vital destination for the study, practice and presentation of the arts; contribute significantly to Houston’s cultural vitality; and advance the creative process as a portal to innovation and problem solving across the academy, thereby integrating the arts into every student’s experience at UH. The initiative encompasses music, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, and design programs in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

  • 3Colleges within UH Arts Initiative
  • 2,200+students enrolled in Fall 2016
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs


  • Blood, Art and a Summer Tradition: Behind the Curtain of the Houston Shakespeare Festival

    Posted on Thursday August 01, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — For 45 years, the Houston Shakespeare Festival has made going to the theater refreshing during the sweltering summers. The curtain opened on this annual tradition August 13, 1975, and this year marks the first time in recent history that HSF will feature fake blood.

  • Theatrical Blood and Tribute to Houston Art Featured in 2019 Houston Shakespeare Festival

    Posted on Tuesday July 30, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — The University of Houston-produced festival runs Friday, Aug. 2- Sunday, Aug. 11 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

  • Public Art of University of Houston System Remembers Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez

    Posted on Monday July 29, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Carlos Cruz-Diez, a leading artist from Latin America known for his experimental language based on abstraction, died Saturday at the age of 95. The Venezuelan artist’s “Double Physichromie” is a signature work in the Public Art of the University of Houston System Collection.

  • Story Catcher: The Power of Reminiscing

    Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2019

    By Chris Stipes — In her first ever research project, a postdoctoral candidate in the Graduate College of Social Work set out to investigate if reminiscing about life could be an effective treatment for depression among nursing home residents. While the results of the study didn’t turn out as expected, there were, in fact, significant changes. Now she hopes other nursing homes will recognize story-capturing as a tool for improving the quality of life for residents.

  • Winning Performer: David Huynh Talks Acting and Asians in Entertainment

    Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — David Huynh’s parents wanted him to be a cardiologist, but his heart longed for the stage. This summer, the 2014 Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program will make his third appearance in the Houston Shakespeare Festival.



  • School of Art

    The School of Art offers an atelier environment found in many private art schools with access to the vast resources of a premier research institution. With internationally recognized faculty and alumni, innovative programs, and exceptional resources, the school provides unique and dynamic opportunities for graduate and undergraduate study in art, design, and art history.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Associations & Links
  • Moores School of Music

    The Moores School of Music boasts an extraordinary faculty of internationally recognized artist/teachers, composers, music educators, and musicologists and theorists. The school offers a variety of strong programs leading to the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts and a non-degree postbaccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Tickets
  • School of Theatre & Dance

    The School of Theatre & Dance produces plays, dance concerts, studio productions, a new play festival, and school shows through the Theatre for Young Audiences program. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with specializations in Acting, Design & Technology, and Costume Technology.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Dance Program  |  Tickets

Centers & Programs

  • Blaffer Art Museum

    As the gateway between UH and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts.

    Events  |  Current Exhibitions
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

    The Mitchell Center for the Arts is an alliance among five units at UH and cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The center offers public events, residencies, and courses that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue, and present new ways of experiencing the arts.

    Programs  |  Events
  • Center for Art & Social Engagement

    Building on the wealth of experience in the local arts community, the research and best practices of national organizations, the resources of UH and the city, the Center for Art & Social Engagement brings together artists, community, faculty and professionals around policy, research and best practices in the arts.

    CoTA-PRH Fellowship  |  Leadership in the Arts Summit
  • Creative Writing Program

    Through workshops, independent studies, and literature courses, CLASS faculty work with students to challenge their understanding of themselves as writers and to deepen and critically reflect on the aesthetic, ethical, and political assumptions behind their writing.

    Graduate Programs
public art

Public Art

The University of Houston System Public Art Collection seeks to enrich the diverse cultural and intellectual life on the UH campuses and of the greater Houston community by building and maintaining a distinguished art collection of important regional, national, and international artists. The collection is enhanced by cross-disciplinary education and outreach programs.

Learn more about the UH Public Art Collection.