Engage Houston

Engage Houston is Mid-America Arts Alliance’s professional development program for small to midsize organizations in the counties of Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller. Engage provides focused professional and organizational development training using a combination of peer learning, coach consultations and workshops. The Engage program is designed to strengthen participants’ organizational effectiveness and sustainability, amplifying an arts ecosystem that supports the wider community.

“Our funding is an investment in our community,” said Ann B. Stern, president and CEO of Houston Endowment. “We try to place all of our resources where they will have the greatest impact. That means investing in efforts like Engage that can help build the capacity of not just one but dozens of small and midsize arts organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of our region. We have worked closely with Mid-America Arts Alliance to develop this program, and we share the same goal: to nurture a strong arts ecosystem in Houston.”

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

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Peer Learning Cohorts

Peer Connect

The Peer Connect group is for small to midsize arts and cultural organizations located in the eight county service area.

Peer Leadership

The Peer Leadership group is for individual arts leaders whose organizations have already completed the Peer Connect program of Engage.


Our Coach Consultations include Individual Coaching Sessions for all participants.

Meet the Coaches

Brian Crockett has over thirty years of experience in nonprofit administration and training initiatives nationwide. He holds distinct coaching competencies in nonprofit  governance, strategic planning, board development, fundraising, exhibition/program development, and community engagement. Brian is a noted speaker and regularly works nationwide with arts and museum service organizations to accelerate the nonprofits skills of passionate practitioners.

Carla Patterson is a passionate advocate for arts and cultural organizations and their place and power in their communities. As an organizational consultant, she has more than 18 years of experience facilitating organizational and community development projects and holds distinct coaching competencies in nonprofit governance, community engagement, board development, fundraising, nonprofit leadership development and board engagement.


Workshops include:

  • Expert-led Topical Workshops for all participants
  • Financial Consultations for all new organizations

Here’s a recently workshop convened for post-pandemic readiness, “How Do I Keep Doing, but Do Differently?


Peer Connect

Engage Peer Connects will take place from 2018 through 2020.
2018 date: November 28
2019 dates: February 20, May 15, November 13
2020 dates: February 19 and May 20

Leadership Roundtables

Engage Leadership Roundtables will take place from 2018 through 2020.
2018 date: November 29
2019 dates: January 24, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 16, July 25, August 22 September 26, October 17, November 14 2020 dates: January 23, February 20, March 19, April 23, May 20, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 17

September 16, 2020 is the Engage Houston Celebratory Luncheon.

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