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Community Conversation: Can/Should Art be separated from Oil?


In this Community Conversation, CASE is supporting the Houston stop of Liberate Tate's US Tour. Liberate Tate began in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, and has used creative actions and advocacy to create an environment that recently resulted in BP ending its sponsorship of the Tate. Liberate Tate seeks to “free the arts from oil because the oil industry uses its association with institutions to create a guise of social acceptability.” It believes “there should be no cultural sponsorship by oil companies in a time of climate change." Is there a way to separate altruism from marketing?

PERFORMANCE/LECTURE Liberate Tate: Insides/Outsides

Friday, October 21, 7pm - 9pm - FREE
Art League, 1953 Montrose Blvd, 77006

A one-hour performance lecture will be followed by an hour-long discussion, and Liberate Tate will show films, share strategies and processes to talk about how they operated both inside and outside the gallery to shift power and transform perceptions. 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP Liberate Tate: A How-To Guide

Saturday, October 22, 11am - 2pm - FREE
Alabama Song, 2521 Oakdale St, 77004
RSVP - (participation limited to 30)

  • How can artists make socially engaged work that produces real social change? 
  • How can activists galvanize resistance by developing holistic creative processes and aesthetics?

The creative workshop is for artists, activists, gallery-goers and cultural workers who want to learn more about Liberate Tate strategies and creative methods. The workshop will introduce artworks, try out creative processes, and share experiences across participants of creating art for social change. 

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Dance/USA interviewed Director Sixto Wagan for their ongoing From the Greenroom series.

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

Dinner Vention 2: Center Director Sixto Wagan was selected as one of eight leaders "who have already achieved a level of success and renown, but who have not yet reached the zenith in their career trajectories" to participate in Barry's Blog and WESTAF's Dinner Vention 2.  Watch the whole video of it, read the initial briefing papers, or see who else was on the guest list.

Arts+Culture:TX covered the 2014 Summit: Sixto Wagan, All Together Different

Daily Cougars's coverage of the 2014 Summit: Directing Change in Houston Art Scene

Profiles in Leadership launches in Arts + Culture: Texas.  Inaugural interview with Selven O'Keef Jarmon can be seen in print or online.  A few of the photos from the reception can be seen here.

Center Director Sixto Wagan was interviewed by Kyoung H. Park, leader of the Cultural Democracy and Representation Team for The Brooklyn Commune Project, one of a series of interviews to address issues of diversity and social inclusion in contemporary performing arts.

UH is the Houston Screening Site for the 2013 Creative Time Summit.

Video of the UH Arts 2013 Open House - A Taste of the Arts which included the Center for Arts Leadership.

Fleurette Fernando, director of the M.A. in Arts Leadership, and Sixto Wagan, director of the Center for Arts Leadership are quoted in Culture Map Houston’s article on the College’s Arts Leadership Initiative, University of Houston launches graduate program to train leaders in the arts. Glasstire's take on the new initiative.

Announcements for the Center and the appointment of Director Sixto Wagan appeared in The Daily Cougar, Houston Culturemap, Houston Chronicle and on Glasstire.  

Read The Daily Cougar's article about The Houston Endowment $1.5 million investment in UH Arts and the Center for Arts Leadership here.