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UH Arts Initiative

Launched by University of Houston President Renu Khator in 2009, the UH Arts Initiative focuses on the role of the arts as a catalyst for innovation and excellence. The UH Arts initiative strives to: make UH a vital destination for the study, practice and presentation of the arts; contribute significantly to Houston’s cultural vitality; and advance the creative process as a portal to innovation and problem solving across the academy, thereby integrating the arts into every student’s experience at UH. The initiative encompasses music, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, and design programs in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

  • 3Colleges within UH Arts Initiative
  • 2,200+students enrolled
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs



  • School of Art

    The School of Art offers an atelier environment found in many private art schools with access to the vast resources of a premier research institution. With internationally recognized faculty and alumni, innovative programs, and exceptional resources, the school provides unique and dynamic opportunities for graduate and undergraduate study in art, design, and art history.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs
  • Moores School of Music

    The Moores School of Music boasts an extraordinary faculty of internationally recognized artist/teachers, composers, music educators, and musicologists and theorists. The school offers a variety of strong programs leading to the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts and a non-degree postbaccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Tickets
  • School of Theatre & Dance

    The School of Theatre & Dance produces plays, dance concerts, studio productions, a new play festival, and school shows through the Theatre for Young Audiences program. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with specializations in Acting, Design & Technology, and Costume Technology.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Dance Program  |  Tickets

Centers & Programs

  • Blaffer Art Museum

    As the gateway between UH and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts.

    Events  |  Current Exhibitions
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

    The Mitchell Center for the Arts is an alliance among five units at UH and cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The center offers public events, residencies, and courses that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue, and present new ways of experiencing the arts.

    Programs  |  Events
  • Arts Leadership Program

    The Arts Leadership Program takes an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, administer and sustain arts organizations of all sizes. The program offers advanced study in the management and promotion of arts organizations across the arts disciplines.

    Graduate Programs

  • Creative Writing Program

    Through workshops, independent studies, and literature courses, CLASS faculty work with students to challenge their understanding of themselves as writers and to deepen and critically reflect on the aesthetic, ethical, and political assumptions behind their writing.

    Graduate Programs
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Public Art of the University of Houston System seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life on our campuses by building and maintaining a distinguished collection of artworks by acclaimed local and international artists. With deep roots in the advancement of knowledge, our collection is an epicenter where diverse communities and cutting-edge art converge. The collection continues to grow through commissions, temporary installations, acquisitions, gifts and cross-disciplinary education and outreach programming.

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  • Showcasing the Intersection of Arts and Medicine

    Posted on Monday September 20, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — The University of Houston will host the global conference “Innovations in Arts and Health: Collaborating for Medical Humanities, Professional Development and Community Health” in January 2022.

  • Public Art UHS, UH School of Art Offer New Opportunity for Local Emerging Artists

    Posted on Thursday August 19, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — Public Art of the University of Houston System and the UH School of Art are helping Houston-based emerging artists get their work recognized in a public setting. “YardWorks” is a new program intended to give these artists an early-career opportunity to exhibit site-specific installations in the heart of the UH Arts District.

  • UH Center for Art and Social Engagement, American Academy in Rome Launch Fellowship for Houston Visual Artists

    Posted on Tuesday July 13, 2021

    By None — The Center for Art and Social Engagement at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts has partnered with the American Academy in Rome to launch a fellowship in Rome, Italy for Houston-area emerging and early mid-career visual artists.

  • Coming Soon: Houston Shakespeare Festival with a Cinematic Twist

    Posted on Monday June 14, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the curtain is coming up once again on the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and this season has a cinematic twist. “Shakespeare Night at the Movies,” produced by the UH School of Theatre and Dance, shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre Aug. 3 – 7.

  • ‘Policing, Performance and the Question of Reform’

    Posted on Monday May 17, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — University of Houston Chief of Police Ceaser Moore will join interdisciplinary artist Shaun Leonardo to discuss the perception and practice of policing and how art, dialogue and engagement can impact its future. Hosted by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, “Policing, Performance and the Question of Reform,” will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 20 via livestream.