Arts & Culture

Mayor Vows To Support The Arts In Houston

At a reception Monday night, Sylvester Turner spoke on the importance of having a thriving creative community.

Mayor Turner delivering speech
Mayor Turner, onstage with Houston Grand Opera’s Perryn Leech, Houston Arts Alliances’s Jonathon Glus, Houston Poet Laureate Robin Davidson, and representatives from the city’s five cultural districts.

The grand foyer of the Wortham Theater was buzzing with more than 500 artists, patrons, and vendors Monday night in a reception for Mayor Turner and Houston city council members. One reason was to show appreciation for Turner's procurement of $5 million for the arts in the last state legislative session. Houston arts groups received about $500,000 for this fiscal year.

In his speech, Turner told the crowd that the city will continue to push for arts funding from the state. "And it's not just about putting art on a wall. It represents in large part the economic engine of the city," he said. "We will always be in large part an oil and gas town. But Houston is so much more."

Turner added that the creative community is what gives the city its soul.

"He is very focused on neighborhoods," says Jonathon Glus, Houston Arts Alliance's president and CEO. "He embraces the major institutions, but he wants to see art and culture in every part of this city in some form or fashion."

This was the fourth biennial arts reception for Houston's elected officials, hosted by the Houston Arts Alliance and the city's five cultural districts.

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