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Organizational services for community arts and culture groups

The Engage program provides community-centered professional and organizational development that focuses on leadership training for small to midsize arts and cultural organizations. Using a combination of workshops, coach consultations, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, Engage works with participants to govern more effectively, become more fiscally astute, and develop strategies to address community needs. Development of these skills ensures long-term sustainability and improved community impact. Engage strengthens participating arts organizations and arts leaders, amplifying an arts ecosystem that supports the wider community.

Engage is highly customized to address the needs and existing challenges of every organization and art leader. Participating organizations receive one-on-one coaching, workshops on a diversity of topics that reflect current trends in the field, and the opportunity to develop strong bonds with their peers, sharing resources and solving problems together.


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For more information about the Engage program and organizational services, please email engage@maaa.org.

Engage Houston

For ten years, Engage worked with more seventy organizations throughout the city of Houston, focusing on those organizations in Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties. Extensive coaching, peer learning, and more, combined to alter the futures of the small or mid-sized arts organizations that completed the program. Engage Houston created a special cohort of arts leadership as well as sustainably healthy cultural organizations in Houston.

Connections Multiply, a report about ten years of impact with small to mid-sized arts and culture organizations.
Summary Report
Connections Mulitiply
Carris Adams, M-AAA's Professional Development Specialist, offers a tour of the site Connections Multiply.

Northwest Arkansas: ARt Connect

In Northwest Arkansas, in partnership with the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE), we launched a version of the Engage program called ARt Connect in 2020. It recently finished its two-year professional development program for NWA arts and culture organizations, to deepen their impact and support organizational development.

Learn more about the program on CACHE’s website.

Pictured: ARt Connect Final Convening in July 2022. Photography by Cynthia Tran.