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. Through a $1.165 million grant, the Houston Endowment has generously supported Houston Engage to continue through 2018 as a resource to the city’s arts and cultural organizations.

The second iteration of ENGAGE in Houston focuses on strong financial management skills and more individual mentoring for boards and executive directors. Participants met with ENGAGE coaches and have begun the deep-dive process of working towards best practices and long-term sustainability as vibrant cultural organizations.

Participating organizations 2016–7: Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, Ars Lyrica Houston, Bayou City Performing Arts, Catastrophic Theatre, CHAT (Culture of Health-Advancing Together), Fresh Arts, Glasstire, Houston Boychoir, Houston Early Music, Houston Maritime Museum, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Jazz Education Inc., Main Street Theater, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company, Musiqa, Next Iteration Theater Company, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Preservation Houston, Project Row Houses, Texas Center for African American Living History, Urban Souls Dance Company, Virtuosi of Houston, West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, WindSync, Wordsmyth

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.