Cultural Affairs Office

Arts and Cultural Plan

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The Arts and Cultural Plan identifies community concerns, sets a vision for the future and recommends actions to achieve long-term priorities. The Plan was developed by looking at local data, research and by listening to community residents, artists, arts and cultural groups, a community advisory committee, City staff and elected officials, civic leaders and experts. Hundreds of individuals contributed to the Arts and Cultural Plan through meetings, interviews and events, and thousands more accessed the project online.

The vision for the City of Houston Arts and Cultural Plan is to foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors.



Arts and Cultural Plan Community Advisory Committee

Co-Chairs Philamena Baird and Rick Lowe

Omar Afra
Owner of Free Press Houston, Producer of the Free Press Summer Festival

Keiji Asakura
Principal Designer of Asakura Robinson

Philamena Baird
Arts and Cultural Plan Co-Chair, Vice Chair of the Houston Arts Alliance, Boards of Directors of Children at Risk, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority

Jane Cahill West
President of the Super Neighborhood Alliance, Past-President of the Washington Avenue Coalition/Memorial Park Super Neighborhood (SN 22)

Cecil C. Conner, Jr.
Managing Director Emeritus of the Houston Ballet, Houston First Board of Directors

Terri Diraddo
Arts & Events Manager, Brookfield Office Properties

Jefferson Todd Frazier
Director, Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Roland Garcia
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Boards of Directors of Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Arts Alliance, Mayors Hispanic Advisory Board

Sonia Garza-Monarchi Garza
Protocol Associates, LLC, Chair of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Harry Gee
President of Sister Cities Houston, Harry Gee, Jr. and Associates, Houston Technology Center Board of Directors, UT School of Law Energy Center Advisory Board

Jonathon Glus
President and CEO, Houston Arts Alliance

Guy Hagstette
Consultant, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Blueprint Houston Board Member, General Plan Steering Committee

Vernita Harris
President of Impact Strategies Consultants, Chair of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce

Richie Hunter
Vice Chancellor/Vice President for University Marketing, Communication and Media Relations, University of Houston

Tammie Kahn
Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Houston

Yani Rose Keo
Executive Director, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Duncan F. Klussmann
Superintendent of Schools, Spring Branch Independent School District

Perryn Leech
Managing Director of the Houston Grand Opera, Chair of the Theater District Association

Rick Lowe
Arts and Cultural Plan Co-Chair, Founder of Project Row Houses

Ayanna Mccloud
Artist and Program Director of Friends of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston

David D. Medina
Director of Multicultural Community Relations, Rice University, Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, Nuestra Palabra Board of Directors

Dr. B.N. Murali
President of Beeken TechQuest Ltd., Chinmaya Mission Houston Board of Directors

Judy Nyquist
Community Volunteer, Boards of Directors of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston Arts Alliance

Theola Petteway
Executive Director, OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority

Ashraf Ramji
Aga Khan Foundation

Juanita Rasmus
Co-Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church
Robert Robbins
President and CEO, Texas Medical Center

David Enrique Ruiz
Houston Market Manager, Bank of America, Board of Hermann Park Conservancy, Advisory Boards of Advisory Boards of Arte Publico Press and Inprint Houston, Corporate Committee of Menil Collection, Community Impact Committee of United Way of Greater Houston

Sehba Sarwar
Artistic Director of Voices Breaking Boundaries, Writer, and Multidisciplinary Artist

Cissy Segall Davis
Executive Director, Miller Theatre Advisory Board

Jenni Rebecca Stephenson
Executive Director, Fresh Arts

Danille K. Taylor
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, Texas Southern University

Gary Tinterow
Director, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Chair of the Museum District Association

Phoebe Tudor
President of the Houston Ballet Foundation, Chair of the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners, Chair of the Shepherd Society, Boards of Directors of Hermann Park Conservancy, Rice Design Alliance

Don Woo
President of Mission Constructors, Houston Parks Board, Star of Hope Board of Directors

Fred Zeidman
The Zeidman Group, Chairman Emeritus United States Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C., Vice Chancellor Houston Community College System

Gwendolyn Zepeda
First Poet Laureate, City of Houston

The Arts and Cultural Plan process engaged the community through: two Town Hall meetings, three City Council Quality of Life Committee meetings, six public meetings, six focus groups, nine Community Advisory Committee meetings, 25 presentations, 100 interviews, 429 intercept surveys and more than 7,000 unique website  visitors participated online.

Resources (.pdf)