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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 in Fall 2016
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs


  • Getting Graphic: Graphic Design Student Project Connects Communities, Transforms University Gateway

    Posted on Monday June 17, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — What began as a class project for graphic design seniors in the University of Houston School of Art has blossomed into an impressive public art initiative transforming the gateway to the UH campus.

  • Summer Campers Learn Bard Basics at Camp STREAM

    Posted on Thursday June 06, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — For the Houston Shakespeare Festival , all the world’s a stage – including Houston Public Libraries. HSF teaching artists will participate in Houston Public Library’s Camp STREAM throughout the summer. The 45th season of HSF runs Aug. 2-11 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

  • Going for Gold: UH-Dominated Theatre Design Team Represents U.S. in World-Renowned International Competition

    Posted on Wednesday June 05, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Faculty and alumni from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance are going for gold in Prague. The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is a big deal. Huge. It's often described as the Olympics or Oscar Awards for performance designers.

  • Brett Cullen and Sally Mayes: Breaking the Fourth Wall with the Pros

    Posted on Monday June 03, 2019

    By Laurie Fickman — UH alums and successful actors Brett Cullen and Sally Mayes returned to the University of Houston to stage “Contradiction of a Southern Soul,” a one-woman show written by and starring Mayes and directed by Cullen, and also to hold master classes. Fitting for two masters of their craft to conduct such classes.

  • The Power of Expression

    Posted on Wednesday May 29, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Kyle Rivera, a recent graduate of the Moores School of Music, will play viola during the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival which runs June 4-29.



  • 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  |  Associations & Links
  • 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
  • Center for Art & Social Engagement

    Building on the wealth of experience in the local arts community, the research and best practices of national organizations, the resources of UH and the city, the Center for Art & Social Engagement brings together artists, community, faculty and professionals around policy, research and best practices in the arts.

    CoTA-PRH Fellowship  |  Leadership in the Arts Summit
  • 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
public art

Public Art

The University of Houston System Public Art Collection seeks to enrich the diverse cultural and intellectual life on the UH campuses and of the greater Houston community by building and maintaining a distinguished art collection of important regional, national, and international artists. The collection is enhanced by cross-disciplinary education and outreach programs.

Learn more about the UH Public Art Collection.