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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Peer Connect group is for small to midsize arts and cultural organizations located in the eight county service area.
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.
- 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?
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
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.
4th Wall Theatre Company; Apollo Chamber Players; Art League Houston; The Bryan Museum; Buffalo Soldiers National Museum; The Catastrophic Theatre; City ArtWorks; Community Music Center of Houston; The Ensemble Theatre; Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra; Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Houston Center for Photography; Houston Fire Museum; Houston History Alliance; Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston; Kinetic Ensemble; Opera in the Heights; Pearland Theatre Guild; Silambam Houston; Take the Stage TV; Writespace
Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum; Ars Lyrica Houston; Aurora Picture Show; CHAT (Culture of Health-Advancing Together); DiverseWorks; Houston Boychoir; Houston Early Music; Houston First Corporation; Houston Maritime Museum; Houston Youth Symphony; Mercury Chamber Orchestra; Musiqa; Orange Show Center for Visionary Art; The Printing Museum
Arts and Community
Museums and Humanities
Ars Lyrica Houston; Bayou City Performing Arts; Catastrophic Theatre; Houston Boychoir; Houston Early Music; Main Street Theater; Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company; Musiqa; Next Iteration Theater Company; Urban Souls Dance Company; Viruosi of Houston; WindSync; Wordsmyth Theater Company