Generations on the Rise

Houston Public Media & Houston First Celebrate Diversity with Deborah Lugo

Houston Public Media and Houston First are paying tribute to the diversity in our region by spotlighting Houstonians from various communities in conjunction with national awareness months.

As director of Arts Connect Houston, Deborah Lugo oversees the strategic direction of a citywide collective coalition aimed at ensuring students in the public school system have access to high-quality arts education and creative learning. Previously, Lugo served as the founding executive director at Mercury for eight years, shaping it at all levels and growing it from an intimate ensemble focused on Baroque music to a lively chamber orchestra bringing a broad range of music to life across the region.

Lugo's long-time passion for music and the performing arts goes as far back as her time at Libre de Música School in her hometown of Puerto Rico. As a violinist and mother to two children in area public schools, Lugo understands that the arts are vital to a complete and well-rounded education. She envisions a world where students are at the forefront of our community, and continues to be involved in efforts that pave the way for improvements in student outcomes. She's an alumni of Leadership ISD, holds a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University, and a Bachelor in Violin Performance from Florida International University.

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