ABOUT US

OUR CHALLENGE

As of 2018, not all public school students in Houston have equal access to an arts-rich education. 

OUR VISION

Arts Connect's vision is to realize the tremendous potential of every student by ensuring the arts as essential to a complete education, recognizing that when students prosper, our community thrives.

OUR MISSION

Arts Connect unites the Greater Houston community to ensure access to high-quality arts education in creative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts for every student, beginning with the Houston ISD.

We accomplish our mission though:

  • Collecting Actionable Data

  • Driving Advocacy

  • Building Capacity

  • Unlocking New Investments

Photo via AFA

OUR VALUES

Creative Thinking

Innovation, Expression, Engagement

We honor and nurture artistry- engaging, discovering, creating- as integral to human nature, a complete education, and the success of our collective work.

Inclusive Spirit

Diversity, Community

We respect and welcome diverse perspectives, ideas and cultures, and celebrate our differences as strengths to our work.

Open Access

Equity, Empathy, Fairness

We believe in breaking down barriers for equity of opportunity and access, and strive to create a community of shared learning for a healthy arts education ecosystem.

Responsive Action

Informed, Relevant

We listen deeply to understand the context of the communities we serve in order to affect change that reflects community needs and aspirations.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPALS

Student-Centered

We develop and implement collective strategies that benefit and support students.

Collective Decision-making

We maintain transparent and open communication across all stakeholder groups to determine shared strategies and goals to guarantee collective impact.

Stakeholder-led

We encourage cross-sector partners to drive and lead our work, recognizing that together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

Data Driven

We utilize coordinated systems of shared data to continuously learn, adapt, measure and improve our impact.

OUR PARTNERS

DISTRICT

Houston ISD

CITY OF HOUSTON

Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

 

ARTS & CULTURE AGENCY

Houston Arts Alliance

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARTNERS

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Texas Cultural Trust

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

Ingenuity Chicago

FUNDERS

Houston Endowment, Inc.

The Powell Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION

Houston Arts Alliance

ARTS PARTNERS

A.I.R. Project

Ad Deum Dance Company

AFA

Alley Theatre

Aperio, Music of the Americas

Ars Lyrica

Asia Society Texas Center

Art League Houston

Arte Publico Press

Aurora Picture Show

Campbell Learning Center

Carya String Quartet

Community Artists' Collective 

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Da Camera of Houston

Diversity in the Arts & Entertainment

Edison Arts Foundation

EnActe Arts Inc.

The Ensemble Theatre

Express Children’s Theatre

Fashion Museum of Texas

Foundation for Modern Music

FotoFest Inc.

Frame Dance Productions

Friends of Africa

Hearts in Motion

Heritage Society 

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Hope Stone, Inc.

Houston Ballet

Houston Boychoir

Houston Center for Photography

Houston Chamber Choir

Houston Children’s Chorus

Houston Healthy Hip Hop

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Masterworks Chorus

Houston School of Arts and Design

Houston Symphony

Houston Viola Society

Houston Youth Symphony

Main Street Theater

MECA

Mercury Chamber Orchestra

METdance

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Musiqa

Nameless Sound

Open Dance Project

Opera in the Heights

Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts

Prelude Music Foundation

Rising Stars Academy of Dance & Performing Arts

Rothko Chapel

Silambam Houston

Social Movement Contemporary Dance

Society for the Performing Arts

Take the Stage

Texan French Alliance for the Arts

Theatre Under the Stars

The Printing Museum

Urban Souls Dance Company

WindSync

Workshop Houston

Writers in the Schools

UNICEF USA

Contact Us

©2020 by Arts Connect Houston