Arts

At the University of Houston, we’re not simply training artists for the sake of training artists: we prepare students for twenty-first-century arts careers with curricula grounded in collaboration, critical thinking and craftsmanship.

Where better to put those principles into practice than in Houston, one of only five U.S. cities with permanent professional resident companies in symphony, opera, ballet and theater? Houston’s creative economy is more than $26 billion, and more than 180,000 Houstonians are employed in the arts sector. It’s the perfect place for our world-class arts initiatives.

At UH, audiences can take in performances from world-renowned visiting artists to our own budding student artists at the beautiful Moores Opera House, catch a poetry reading with students in our top-ranked Creative Writing program and see leading contemporary visual art at the Blaffer Art Museum. It’s not even necessary to step foot into a building: with more than 400 pieces of public art by renowned Houston and international artists, all it takes is a stroll around campus to witness UH’s thriving arts community.

Houston’s booming arts scene and UH’s interdisciplinary offerings offer unique professional and academic opportunities for collaboration that students can’t find at other institutions. When you support the arts at UH by providing scholarships, investing in endowed chairs or professorships, funding facilities or founding innovative programs, you don’t just change the life of an artist; you are playing a vital part in the future of arts policy, presentation and performance.

For more information, contact Julie Anderson-Smith, Senior Director of Advancement, at 713-743-6878, or jdanderson-smith@uh.edu.

 

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