Centering Creativity, Impact and Community
Artists and artist-centered organizations play an essential role in shaping contemporary social attitudes, initiating bold ventures and conveying a community’s value. Houston, with its culture of entrepreneurship and vibrant creative community, is home to numerous artists and arts organizations taking leadership roles in the city. By raising awareness of community needs, redefining the creative discourse and inspiring new public and private initiatives, effective arts leadership can have far-reaching cultural and economic impact.
The Center for Art & Social Engagement (CASE) at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts (KGMCA) is invested in civic and social engagement initiatives that link the College to the surrounding historic Third Ward neighborhood and the city at large. CASE, which was formerly the Center for Arts Leadership when housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, helped lay the groundwork for KGMCA priorities in civic and social engagement. With the establishment of the new College of the Arts in 2016, the center was renamed to clarify and emphasize the important relationship the College has with the city and with the national arts community.
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There is a wealth of knowledge and research about the arts and best practices in the creative fields. Though social media is a great aggregator, we are confronted with so many streams of information simultaneously that many of us have little time to process, much less incorporate, these new ideas into our daily lives. Find profiles, sessions and features below that relate to the three key themes we examine at the center.