April 6, 2015
Student Center Ballroom

Thank you to everyone who participated.  We had a tremendous group of presenters, speakers and audience members.

If you didn't catch the event, you can watch an archived video of the session.  Also, check out the Storify to do a quick catch up.

The upcoming Summit focuses on the best practices and ramifications of audience engagement initiatives that move the arts from a transactional exchange to a long-term stewardship model.   With the shifts in demographics, technology, funding streams and an increase in “competition,” many organizations nation-wide are attempting a broader array of tools to engage audiences.  Efforts range from increased artist engagement, marketing efforts, technology-initiatives, and advisory groups and special event programming. These initiatives call for new competencies, new levels of partnership and working outside of comfort zones. 

Keynote speaker: Roberto Bedoya

Lunchtime Keynote Conversation: Sandra Bernhard, Shannon Buggs, and Robin Reagler

Speakers and presenters include: 

Reginald AdamsAnnie Arnoult,Regina Agu, Emily ChambersJooYoung Choi, Janette CosleyJon Deal, Max Fields, Zachary GreshamRachel Hull,  Ana Laurel, Marian LuntzDebbie McNultyPaul MiddendorfMichelle MowerRocko Stedy NarviosAssata Richards,Susan RogersStephanie St. SanchezKristian SalinasDiane SchenkeJack YoungDana WhitcoSandra ZalmanBrandon Zech

The day will be moderated by Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez who gave the opening keynote at last year's summit.

The presentations will be livestreamed for an online audience.

Logistics: Directions & Parking - via GoogleMaps.

The 2015 Leadership in the Arts Summit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UH Arts initiative with support from the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series and the Houston Endowment.

We are extremely grateful for our sponsors who made this event possible:


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8:30 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:30 Morning Keynote: Roberto Bedoya Stewardship: Care, Imagination and Policy

10:30 – 11:45 Panel Session: Democratization of Art

10:30 - 11:45 Small Group Discussion: Alt.Models*

11:45 – 1: 00 Lunch

12:10 Afternoon Keynote: Reflective Partnering: Strengthening Partnerships and Continual Learning

1:00 – 2:15 Panel Session: Building Commitment, Stewarding Audiences

1:00 – 2:15 Small Group Discussion:  Targeted - Power and Problems of Demographic Allure*

2:30 – 3:45 Panel Session: Growing Place: At the Intersection of Art, Business and Community

2:30 – 3:45 Small Group Discussion: College of the Arts: the Future of UH Arts*

3:45 - 5:00 Closing ConversationRisk, Expectation and Failure

5:00 - 8:00 Keep the conversation going at Arts+Culture Texas Happy Hour @ Mongoose v. Cobra

*Small group discussions will not be livestreamed.