The Houston Area Survey on Health, Education, and the Arts (SHEA)

Houston Arts Survey Conference

HOUSTON ARTS SURVEY: A Conversation on Participation, Perceptions & Prospects
2 - 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2012 at Hilton-Americas Houston

The vitality, quality and visibility of the arts will help determine Houston’s success in coming years, according to the 2012 Houston Arts Survey – a dynamic look at Harris County residents’ attitudes and experiences with regard to the area’s arts offerings and opportunities. The survey was released on Sept. 25, 2012 at a conference hosted by the Kinder Institute featuring two distinguished panels of local, regional and national arts leaders. The conference was generously funded by Houston Endowment Inc., and co-sponsored by Houston Arts Alliance. For a more in-depth look at the survey and conference, please take a look at our downloadable materials.


Opening Remarks
Minnette Boesel - Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs
Ann Stern - President, Houston Endowment Inc.

2 p.m.

Survey Summary: Presentation by Dr. Stephen Klineberg 
A summary of the central findings from the first-ever Houston Arts Survey.
2:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Panel I:  Morphing the Model: Changing Demographics and the Arts
2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Pat Jasper - Director of Folklife & Traditional Arts, Houston Arts Alliance
The first panel aims to spur dialogue and interaction around key findings from the Houston Arts Survey, particularly with regard to the changing demographics of the region, to ethnic differences in artistic expression, and to ways of accessing the arts through new media and institutional outlets. The discussion will seek to identify innovative ways to engage Houston’s emerging multiethnic audiences and to promote arts participation among and across the various communities. 

  • John Guess, Jr., CEO, Houston Museum of African-American Culture
  • Maria Lopez de Leon, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
  • Gordon Quan, Board Member, Asia Society Texas and Partners for Livable Communities 

Panel II:  Planning the Future: A Message for Houston 
3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Moderator: Jonathon Glus - CEO, Houston Arts Alliance
The second panel focuses on initiatives, models and specific actions that can be undertaken to enhance the quality of life in the Houston area in the years ahead. Panelists will present successful examples of initiatives that have already been undertaken in other cities, and discuss the development of a citywide arts-education initiative, the importance of arts workers to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the city, the urgency of undertaking a region-wide cultural planning process, and the possibility of utilizing a comprehensive arts advocacy effort to respond effectively to the survey findings as a whole.


  • Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin  
  • Laura Perille, Executive Director, EdVestors
  • Joy Bailey Bryant, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources
Closing Remarks & Reception
4:30 p.m.
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