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UHD Hosts National Conference May 31 – June 2

The Association of Arts Administration Educators, the national organization for those who teach arts administration at the collegiate level, will be holding its 2018 conference in Houston at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and the University Houston—making it the first time the conference will be held in Texas.

UHD will host the final days of the conference on June 1 and 2. This year’s conference theme is “Building Communities of The Future: Arts Administrators As Agents of Change.” All plenary and concurrent sessions will be held at UHD. The event will feature a diverse roster of speakers, including:

  • Lauren Anderson, Houston Ballet
  • Perryn Leech, Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera
  • Shannon Buggs, Chief Commons Director, Creative Houston
  • Marci Dallas, Executive Director, FreshArts
  • Ten Eyck Swackhamer, General Manager, Alley Theatre
  • Rick Lowe, Founder, Project Row Houses
  • Tamika Evans, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Project Row House
  • Sixto Wagan, Director, Center for Art & Social Engagement, University of Houston

According to UHD’s Dr. Jerome Socolof, assistant professor of arts and humanities, the goal of the conference and the organization is to provide a forum for research and knowledge dissemination in the field of arts administration education.

“Hosting the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ annual conference is a great chance to showcase our campus and our city. UHD is one of only several dozen colleges in the country to offer a credential in arts administration, and one of very few to do so with a diverse student body like ours,” said Dr. DoVeanna Fulton, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

The majority of conference participants will be professors in arts administration and arts management programs around the country, a number of students and arts administrators attend, as well as professors from other countries in Europe and Asia.

“Being selected to host puts UHD and Houston in company with other schools and cities, such as Drexel University in Philadelphia, University of Oregon in Portland, American University in Washington, D.C., recognized for their innovative programs and strong arts and culture scenes,” noted Fulton. “Hosting this conference shows that we are doing great things here in Houston, and the country is taking notice!”

To register, view sessions/topics and speaker bios, visit Association of Arts Administration Educators at #AAA18.