Interdisciplinary Arts

Mitchell Center

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

As an urban research university, UH cultivates experimentation and collaboration between various arts disciplines. In 2003 the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Foundation gave $20 million to UH to develop the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts to bring performing, visual and literary arts together in creative collaborations. This transformative alliance among the schools of Art, Music, Theatre & Dance, the Creative Writing Program and Blaffer Art Museum has gained national recognition and attracted renowned visiting artists and arts patrons to the campus.

The Center for Creative Work

The Center for Creative Work (CCW) offers courses and programs designed for Honors students interested in a critical and interdisciplinary arts environment. CCW provides workshops, directed studies, art outings, retreats and signature events. Every spring, CCW produces the Dionysia, bringing together great books and creative minds. Directors, choreographers, costumers, musicians, and actors from the Honors College and the Houston community combine to create a performance steeped in research and creative development.


Bill T. Jones

CWMC counterCURRENT is a five-day festival of contemporary art, projects, interventions, journeys, performances, commissions, collaborations, and connections, produced by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Admission is free. For more information, please visit

Major Grant Promotes Cultural Understanding

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts was awarded a $200,000 grant to promote understanding of Muslim culture through art. UH is one of only six U.S. institutions awarded Building Bridges Grants funded by Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

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Community Programs

The University of Houston is defined by its urban setting, and the Mitchell Center is engaged on an ongoing basis with our city, particularly our immediate neighborhood, the Third Ward. Current programs include the ongoing support of slam poetry organization Meta-Four Houston, supporting offering spoken word workshops in the Third Ward’s Smith Library. The Center is also a member of Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition. Mitchell Center organizational and commissioning partnerships have included:

  • Creative Time
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Buffalo Bayou Partnership
  • Project Row Houses
  • Lawndale Art Center
  • Aurora Picture Show
  • Da Camera of Houston
  • Houston Arts Alliance
  • Houston Advanced Research Center