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  • Diverse Discourse Lecture: Kemi Ilesanmi

    Monday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
    Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, Texas

    CASE is partnering with DiverseWorks to bring Kemi Ilesanmi, the executive director of The Laundromat Project, to Houston. With over 20 years of experience in the cultural arena, Ilesanmi is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and change at the intersection of arts, activism and community. Prior to joining The Laundry Project, she was the director of grants and services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with Houston-area artists, performers and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers. 

  • 2018 KGMCA-PRH Fellows' Lecture-Performances

    Tuesday, November 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
    University of Houston, Fine Arts Building, Rm. 110
    Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) host the culminating lectures and performances by the 2018 KGMCA-PRH fellows, Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat. Both artists will present their to-date responses to the questions that guided their year of research.

    Regina Agu – A Psychogeography of Emancipation Park and Eyakem Gulilat – Black Place-Making and Informality

The Center in the Media


04-17-2018 Phi Beta Kappa Recognizes the City of Houston as an Arts & Sciences City of Distinction
Sixto Wagan, director of CASE, receives the recognition for the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.

02-10-2017 University of Houston Launches Fellowship Program with Project Row Houses to Better Integrate Arts into Communities
ArtForum spotlights new fellowship.

02-17-2017 Strong Community Partnership Makes Philanthropy Succeed
Members of Project Row Houses, UH faculty and staff, and the surrounding community gathered to celebrate the launch of new fellowship.  

UH Press Release

01-22-2017 Houston Grand Opera’s Use of White Actors for Asian Roles Raises Diversity Questions
Director of CASE Sixto Wagan speaks up about casting diversity.

10-21-2016 Should Arts Organizations Accept Sponsorship from Oil Companies?
Sixto Wagan asks important questions about artists and social consciousness as CASE co-sponsors Libertate Tate’s Houston visit.

12-22-2015 Houston’s Arts and Cultural Plan: What’s There, What’s Missing
CASE director weighs in on the city’s Cultural Plan.

CASE Director contributed to The Imagination and Beyond: Toward a Method of Evaluating Socially Engaged Art by Jan Cohen-Cruz.

02-02-2016 Leadership Corner with Sixto Wagan
Dance/USA interviews CASE director for their “From the Greenroom” series.

Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place - Director Sixto Wagan participated in this NEA/ArtPlace America sponsored think-tank to develop a better understanding of how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. 

04-13-2014 Announcing Dinner-Vention 2
Sixto Wagan selected as one of eight thought leaders hand selected to participate in this unique take on arts round table discussion.

07-03-2014 Sixto Wagan, All Together Different
Arts and Culture Texas covers the 2014 “Leadership in the Arts Summit.”

04-07-2014 Directing Change in Houston Art Scenes
UH Center for Arts Leadership brought together a diverse crowd for inaugural Leadership in the Arts Summit.

11-02-2013 Profiles in Leadership: Selven O’Keef
Sixto Wagan interviews the Houston-based fashion designer and visual artist for Arts and Culture Texas’ new series.

10-15-2013 Talking To Sixto Wagan: A Cultural Democracy in the Performing Arts Interview
The Brooklyn Commune Project’s Kyoung H. Park  discusses issues of diversity and social inclusion in contemporary performing arts with Wagan.

10-25-2013 Houston’s Only Live Stream of Creative Time Summit on UH Campus October 25 – 26
Center for Arts Leadership and Project Row Houses host screening, local version of international creative placemaking conference.

10-23-2013 UH Arts Open House Showcased Creative Cougars
The Center for Arts Leadership featured in a UH video about “A Taste of the Arts.”

07-27-2013 University of Houston Launches Graduate Program to Train Leaders in the Arts
“[Arts leadership is] about being a catalyst for a movement — in any capacity,” says Center for Arts Leadership director to Culturemap.

05-17-2013 UH Center for Arts Leadership is Here. So, What is It?
Glasstire reports that the new center will explore how arts leadership can be responsive and reflective of the changing demographics on a local and national scale.

04-24-2013 CLASS of DiverseWorks
The Cougar covers appointment of DiverseWorks artistic director as incoming director of Center for Arts Leadership. 

04-18-2013 Sixto Wagan Leaves DiverseWorks to Direct Center for Arts Leadership
Glasstire highlights the decades of experience Wagan brings to UH.

04-19-2013 Sixto Wagan Takes UH Post
Houston Chronicle reports on how Wagan will advance the University’s local, national arts leadership initiatives through public programming.

04-18-2013 DiverseWorks Artistic Director Headed to University of Houston’s New Center for Arts Leadership
Sixto Wagan takes the helm at innovative project aimed at training and supporting creative professionals in an ever-evolving arts environment.

09-05-2012 $1.5 Million Goes to UH Art Program, CLASS
The Cougar reports on major Houston Endowment grant.