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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. They track and document progress on critical indicators to advance the region’s competitiveness and sustainability in the 21st century. 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.

Presented by Steven Scarborough, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Center for Houston’s Future and Gwendolyn H. Goffe, former Associate Director, Investment and Finance, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).

Throughout the session, Steven polled the attendees on specific questions related to the Indicator report.  Below is a summary of some of the responses:

What is the Houston Arts & Culture's Greatest Strength?


What is Houston's Arts & Culture Sector's greatest weakness?


In June 2013, Gwen Goffe retired after a 43 years career in arts administration, finance and investments. She worked at the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art in Washington, DC and 25 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, she was the Director of Wharton and the Fine Arts, an exhibition program she established and was the arts management teaching fellow. Gwen has served in many civic roles in the city and is the current Fellow for the Center for Houston’s Future. She is the current co-Chair of the South Main Alliance, President of the Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation, and board member of the Main Street Coalition, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Development Board and the Southampton Civic Club Board. She has served as the Owner’s Representative for many Museum capital projects.