Leadership in the Arts Summit

2014 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 invited 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 reshaped the national arts funding trends, the Leadership in the Arts Summit asked What does it take to be a 21st Century arts community? Through panels and open discussion, the Summit gave the arts a chance to discuss the current state of the arts in Houston and where we go from here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural Leadership in the Arts Summit! We are grateful to the speakers, panelists, attendees and virtual attendees who contributed to the conversation.   

We are working to synthesize the discussion and disseminate the ideas and themes generated over the weekend.  For a quick overview, check out a selected series of twitter responses that contributed to #UHArts trending on Friday. You can also read the article about the event from the Daily Cougar' Zoe Quezada.

Download the Full Program

Schedule Overview 

List of local speakers and panelists
The Leadership in the Arts Summit was 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.