Center for Arts Leadership
University of Houston
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Leadership in the Arts Summit
Leadership in the Arts Summit
Changes in technology, shifts in funding structures, Houston’s new demographics, and increasing competition for audiences are redefining the rules for artists and arts organizations. Beyond just surviving this moment, how can we lay the foundation for future success?
The Leadership in the Arts Summit invites artists, arts administrators, curators, students, faculty, funders, philanthropists, community members and potential partners to come together for a collective exercise in forward thinking about the Houston arts ecology.
Featuring speakers who have reshaped the national arts funding trends, the Leadership in the Arts Summit asks What does it take to be a 21st Century arts community? Through panels and open discussion, the Summit gives the arts a chance to discuss the current state of the arts in Houston and where we go from here.
The Leadership in the Arts Summit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UH Arts initiative with support from the Center for Public History, the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series and the Houston Endowment.
Friday from 1 - 6PM and Saturday April 5, 9 - 5PM - Schedule Overview
- Ann Markusen, researcher, frequent public speaker, and advisor to public agencies, policymakers, businesses, economic developers, and nonprofit organizations across the world. Her expertise is in economic development at the state and local level, where she brings analytical skills to bear on the ways that industries and occupations shape possibilities for creating good work. Her publications include “The Arts, Consumption, and Innovation in Regional Development” (2013), Nurturing California’s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders (2011), Creative Placemaking (2010), Los Angeles: America’s Artist Super City (2010).
- Maria Rosario-Jackson is senior adviser to the Arts and Culture Program at The Kresge Foundation and adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. Her research focuses on urban policy, neighborhood revitalization and comprehensive community planning, the politics of race, ethnicity and gender in urban settings, and the role of arts and culture in communities. Projects that Dr. Jackson has directed include the “Arts and Culture Indicators Project,” a national effort to integrate arts and culture into local and national quality of life and urban policy discussions and plans and “Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for US Artists,” which examines the characteristics of communities that enable artists to do their work.
- Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is a writer-performer and dancer from San Antonio who has toured extensively throughout the United States. His book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, forthcoming), assesses how research and development initiatives since the late 1990s have radically reshaped artistic practices nationwide. From 2006-2013, Paul served as an artist advisor to Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative dedicated to creating new opportunities for US artists.
Other topics include:
- Center for Houston's Future with their 2014 Arts & Cultural Heritage Indicator Report
- Audiences and Community, a Spectrum of Stewardship
- Trends in Funding and Philanthropy
- Arts Advocacy
- Community/Place based Arts Practice