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.
Collecting Actionable Data
Understanding which students are receiving an arts education and which students are not is the key to reaching all students. This important data is the first step to creating system-wide change. With it, our partners can improve their decision making and deploy resources to close arts education gaps.
Arts Connect helps educators and nonprofits do better work in schools through trainings, the Arts Action Fund and other capacity building services. In this way, dozens of cooperating partners get better together and do better together.
Unlocking New Investments
Arts Connect taps untapped public and private funds in Houston—and across the country—to unlock new resources, allowing the collective to grow bigger and reach more students, instead of competing for scarce resources.
We accomplish our mission through:
Arts Connect advocates for the vital role of the arts within education to ensure that all HISD students have access to a high-quality arts education. Most recently, Arts Connect helped ensure HISD was providing arts educators in high-needs schools.