As of 2018, not all public school students in Houston have equal access to an arts-rich education.
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.
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
Unlocking New Investments
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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.
We respect and welcome diverse perspectives, ideas and cultures, and celebrate our differences as strengths to our work.
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.
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 PRINCIPLES
We develop and implement collective strategies that benefit and support students.
We maintain transparent and open communication across all stakeholder groups to determine shared strategies and goals to guarantee collective impact.
We encourage cross-sector partners to drive and lead our work, recognizing that together we are greater than the sum of our parts.
We utilize coordinated systems of shared data to continuously learn, adapt, measure and improve our impact.
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
Texans for the Arts
Houston Endowment, Inc.
The Powell Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Houston Arts Alliance
Ad Deum Dance Company
Aperio, Music of the Americas
Apollo Chamber Players
Asia Society Texas Center
Art League Houston
Arte Publico Press
Aurora Picture Show
Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre
Campbell Learning Center
Carya String Quartet
Community Artists' Collective
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Culture Arts Initiative, Inc.
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
Frame Dance Productions
Friends of Africa
Hearts in Motion
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Hope Stone, Inc.
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Chamber Choir
Houston Children’s Chorus
Houston Contemporary Dance Company
Houston Healthy Hip Hop
Houston Grand Opera
Houston Masterworks Chorus
Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
Houston School of Arts and Design
Houston Viola Society
Houston Youth Symphony
Main Street Theater
Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Open Dance Project
Opera in the Heights
Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts
Prelude Music Foundation
Rising Stars Academy of Dance & Performing Arts
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
Writers in the Schools