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.
The Power of Public Service: Mickey Leland’s Transformative Legacy at UH
During six terms in Congress, six years as a Texas state legislator and Democratic National Committee official, Mickey Leland focused much needed attention on issues of health and hunger. He passed away too soon, but his legacy lives on in the accomplishments of the Leland Fellows: UH students who complete internships in Washington, D.C. that transform their lives and careers in public service.
All the World’s a Stage for Scholarship Recipients
Endowed scholarships created in the memory of a great professor or mentor make a difference in the lives of students for generations to come. The pride that Shunté Lofton (’15) felt when she was awarded a Cecil J. Pickett Endowed Scholarship inspired her to work even harder in her acting studies at UH.
UH College of the Arts Recipient of $20 Million Gift from John P. McGovern Foundation
Former UH art student Kathrine G. McGovern has made an incredible commitment to the UH College of the Arts: a $20 million naming gift. The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts is the first college at the University named after a former student, and also the first named after a woman.