Houston Arts Alliance is launching the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston as an initiative to create more sustainable arts organizations, build stronger support for the arts by businesses and share knowledge and best practices that will enhance the business skills of arts and culture organizations. As an affiliate of Americans for the Arts, the initiative will offer programs and services focused on leadership training, volunteerism and employee engagement.
“We are already offering successful programs and services to the arts and business communities such as the Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA), a pro bono consulting program that connects skilled business professionals with nonprofit arts and culture organizations in need of high-level business assistance,” said Jonathon Glus, CEO and President of Houston Arts Alliance. “Through the Arts & Business Council and support from Houston businesses and the arts community, we will be able to continue and elevate the type of programs and services that will mutually benefit each industry, ultimately helping Houston’s economy.”
Examples of the types of opportunities that the Arts & Business Council will offer Greater Houston area businesses include:
- Share knowledge and skills though volunteerism.
- Help Houston’s arts organizations address management capacity needs as they develop and grow institutionally.
- Gain a professional connection to the nonprofit arts community in Houston and the region.
- Learn about the arts as an industry in Houston and the region – a $977 million industry with 30,000 jobs.
- Participate in board leadership training programs.
- Host and participate in team fundraising projects.
- Moderate and participate in discussions with other professionals and nonprofit affiliates through workshops and roundtable discussions.
“The Greater Houston area has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations. It is evident that the arts and culture community in Houston is thriving, and the city supports initiatives that will continue to preserve Houston’s rich and diverse cultural traditions,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “Offering a specific initiative that encourages talented business professionals to exchange best practices with the creative community confirms Houston’s commitment to creating a more sustainable creative culture.”
“A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to the continued growth and expansion of our region. As we look to attract new companies and top talent to the Houston area, the quality of life dimension is a key part of the equation,” said Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. He continued, “Programs like the Arts & Business Council provide a vital link between the arts and business communities ensuring a first-class creative community thrives in Houston.”
For more information about Houston Arts Alliance or Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston, please visit www.houstonartsalliance.com.