|Project:||Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston|
|Organization:||Houston Arts Alliance|
|Jonathon Glus, CEO and President of Houston Arts Alliance, accepts a check from the Houston Fine Art Fair to benefit the Arts + Business Council of Greater Houston. Proceeds were raised from the Houston Fine Art Fair opening night. Left to right: Rick Friedman, Founder of Fine Art Fair; Mayor Annise Parker; Jonathon Glus, President and CEO of Houston Arts Alliance; and Marshal Lightman, Immediate Past Chair of Houston Arts Alliance. (Photo Credit: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design, www.alexandersportraits.com)|
Houston Arts Alliance launched the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston on September 20, 2013 with the purpose to create more sustainable arts organizations, build stronger support for the arts by businesses, and encourage sharing of knowledge and best practices to enhance the business skills of arts and culture organizations. As an affiliate program 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.”
The Arts & Business Council will offer programs and services to the Greater Houston area businesses and arts organizations that create opportunities for arts organizations and for-profit businesses to interact and network. Programs that are created under The Council will help to increase, support and sustain volunteerism, while addressing management capacity needs as arts organizations develop and grow institutionally.
“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.”