(Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan visits Houston in April, presented by Society for the Performing Arts, whose 2013-14 season is underwritten by Reliant Energy. Photo courtesy of The Houston Chronicle.)
The following article from The Houston Chronicle takes a look at Houston-based energy companies Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and others who have helped to establish the city's biggest arts organizations and the major foundations that still support them. ExxonMobil and Chevron, for example, encourage employees to volunteer and donate as individuals by offering matching grants, while Shell sponsors the free admission and extended hours on Thursdays at the Museum of Fine Arts. Regardless of the partnership, it is clear that the vibrant arts scene in Houston is being "fueled" by a few friendly energy giants. Click the link below to read the full article.
"When I hear that there's a milestone or a chance to innovate, it opens my brain. And when I'm around these creative people, magic happens."
-Joni Baird, Houston Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs at Chevron