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There is a wealth of knowledge and research about the arts and best practice. Though social media is a great aggregator, we are confronted with so many streams of information, many of us have little time to process, much less incorporate these new ideas into our daily lives.

We're indexing some of the work the Center has done into major themes and ideas. Click on a topic to find out more:

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.

In a city of industry sectors such as energy, medicine and international trade, the contributions the creative businesses have on a city's economy are chronically unrecognized. Creative businesses – advertising, film/video production, writing and editorial, etc. – are critical, elemental components of any traditional business.

American's for the Arts - Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Report: AFTA is one of the leading advocates and researchers for the creative economy. They launched the dialogue and research, and continue to revisit the data.  Check out their resources and info.

Houston's Creative Economy - 2014 Study - updated research and impact

2012 STUDY - Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and University of Houston, the first comprehensive creative economies of Houston study.

America’s Creative Economy: A Study of Recent Conceptions, Definitions, and Approaches to Measurement Across the USA – the first research to profile and analyze how the creative economy is being defined, segmented, and quantified throughout the United States. Published 2010.

Artplace America – The nation’s largest funder of creative placemaking initiatives, it is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

Creative Economy Coalition - the ‘go to’ organization for anything creative economy, establishing external credibility as a convener and resource provider for the purpose of enhanced awareness of and growth of our creative industries and occupations.

Creative Placemaking – the original research paper by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa defining creative placemaking. Published 2010.

From Creative Economy to Creative Society – a report by Susan Seifert and Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania’s Impact of the Arts Project. A social policy paradigm for the creative sector has the potential to address urban poverty as well as urban vitality. Published 2008.

National Creativity Network – a national organization with a mission to engage, connect, inform, promote, and counsel cross-sector stakeholders who skillfully use imagination, creativity and innovation to foster vibrant and flourishing individuals, institutions and communities across North America.

The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas – a book by John Howkins. One of the first reviews of how the creative people and creative industries work economically in the United Kingdom. Published 2001.

The Innovation Skill Set: Creative Skills and the Advanced Workforce by Creative Alliance Milwaukee. Analyzing the data from the Department of Labor known as O*Net, Creative Alliance Milwaukee found that a set of skills it is calling “The Innovation Skill Set” is important across a broad set of industries and occupations. Published 2015.

The Rise of the Creative Class – a book by Richard Florida that started a new conversation about the role of creativity in the US workplace. Richard Florida identified a fundamental shift linking a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing importance of creativity in people’s work lives and the emergence of a class of people unified by their engagement in creative work. Published 2002; revised 2011.

Profile in Leadership: Selven O’ Keef Jarmon - artist, fashion designer, activist, Mr. Jarmon speaks about his work in South Africa and his career that bring design, histories, and industries together.

Profile in Leadership: Stephanie Todd Wong - Director of Dance Source Houston speaks about her work as a dancer, administrator, and now as a key intermediary in the local arts ecosystem.

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 how art, community engagement also impacted the economics of the region

LiA Summit 2014: Cultural Indicator Report - The Center for Houston’s Future is a regional think tank that works to solve our region’s toughest problems through meaningful research, innovative strategies, and engaging diverse leaders. Covering Houston and nine counties, the document explores how well the region cultivates and nourishes that important segment of the population known as the creative class.

Featured Speaker: Paul Bonin Rodriguez – Leading with the Artists - the talk discusses the role of the artist in the arts ecosystem and how the systems of support for artists and organizations have shifted over time and affected policy.

LiA Summit 2014: Trends in Funding and Philanthropy - the state of arts funding from the viewpoints of philanthropists, funding agencies, and foundation officers. 

The NEA defines Creative Placemaking: when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. 

These articles and features bring together some of the work that tCAL has presented that expands and complicates the ideas about creative placemaking. 

Creative Placemaking: A Conversation between Jamie Bennett and Jonathon Glus - ArtPlace America's Jamie Bennett discusses the role of creative placemaking in our society in this November 2014 program.

LiA Summit 2015: Growing Place – At the Intersection of Art, Business and Community - The panel consisted of UH professor Susan Rogers, developer Jon Deal, Greater East End Management District Director Diane Schenke, and arts/community organizer Ana Laurel. Dr. Rogers explores the intersection of art, community, and place and the corresponding responsibilities and intentions involved. The respondents share their ideas on how these concepts work from their perspective and their realities.

Summit 2014: Creative Economies – Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities & Neighborhoods - Surveying the intersections among artists, arts organizations and place, Ann Markusen summarizes a decade’s research on how artists are becoming more interdisciplinary, more mobile between and within cities, and more apt to work simultaneously in commercial, nonprofit and community sectors.

Dr. Markusen,an influential researcher and advocate for the arts, compiled a list of articles that provide background or further expansion on the ideas she presented during her talk: Creative Economies: Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities and Neighborhoods.

Advisory Board Member and artist Aaron Landsman has been exploring parallel issues as he builds toward his 2016 project "Perfect City." Beyond interviewing urban planners, design experts and theorists, Landsman has been doing extensive reading and thinking about the 21st Century City.