Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) created the ENGAGE program to provide locally focused leadership development training for arts and culture organizations in a single urban area. ENGAGE advances the governance, fundraising and financial management, and community engagement capacities of small and midsize organizations in order to increase institutional efficiency and ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

ENGAGE: Houston

ENGAGE began in 2012 as a groundbreaking pilot program to strengthen small and midsize cultural organizations in Houston.

Participants reported successes in renewed and adopted policies, expanded engagement of board members in the organization’s work, clarity in staff and board roles, and positive impacts in strategic program development and fundraising. ENGAGE participants became stronger community assets and improved the quality of life for the citizens of participating communities.

Program outcomes were so successful that the Houston Endowment committed $1.165 million to a new ENGAGE: Houston program to provided in-depth training for forty organizations between 2016-2019.

Results of ENGAGE: Houston 2012-2014

Participants reported:

  • Improved understanding of board and staff roles and responsibilities (89%)
  • Refined organization missions (74%)
  • Enhanced professional networks (68%)

Participant Feedback:

“We were able to effectively implement strong organizational practices with the focus of sustainability, effectiveness, and most importantly, impact.”
Fatima Donaldson, Board President, ARTreach

Houston Endowment

ENGAGE: Kansas City

With the success of ENGAGE: Houston, M-AAA is pleased to announce a Needs Assessment Project to grow the program to the greater Kansas City area. This project determined the capabilities and needs of small and midsize arts and culture organizations, and determine how best to move forward with ENGAGE: Kansas City in FY17. To read the report, click here.

The ENGAGE: Kansas City Needs Assessment Project is made possible by support from the Cross Foundation, Inc., the Louis and Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Charitable Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.