Our Arts & Culture Partners

Our Arts & Culture partners are a diverse group of local arts organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines committed to fostering arts equity in Houston. 

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Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is a shared decision-making body that represents the interests of all Arts Connect partners and is responsible for fiduciary, strategic and project oversight.

John Abodeely
CEO, Houston Arts Alliance

Cathy Bencivenga
Executive Manager of Education & Community
Engagement, Alley Theatre

Long Chu
Program Officer, Houston Endowment, Inc.

Rachel Hemphill Dickson
BOLD Artistic Associate, The Ensemble Theatre

Rick Cruz
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Houston ISD

Caroline Goeser
W.T. and Louise J. Moran Chair of Learning and Interpretation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Harrison Guy
Director of Arts and Culture, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation & Founder, Urban Souls Dance Company

Craig Hauschildt
Arts Integration Specialist, Houston ISD

Deborah Lugo
Executive Director, Arts Connect Houston

Jack McBride, Chair
Associate Director, WITS 

Janette Lindner
Director, Veritas Total Solutions

Deborah Lugo
Executive Director, Arts Connect

Debbie McNulty
Director, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

Wenden Sanders
Fine Arts Director, Houston ISD