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. Programming is delivered via workshops, coaching site visits, peer connect sessions, peer learning leader topical workshops, financial physicals, and individualized organizational retreats, as needed.
Elizabeth Love, senior program officer with the Houston Endowment, said that “Engage is strongly aligned with the foundation’s mission to enhance the vibrancy of greater Houston, and we appreciate the program’s focus on promoting sustainability, seeding innovation, and cultivating broad audiences among a critical segment of the local arts and culture ecosystem.”
Participating Organizations: 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; Viruosi of Houston; West Bay Common School Children’s Museum; WindSync; Wordsmyth Theater Company