When Houston Matters launched ten years ago this month, Houston Public Media was refocusing its efforts on providing three kinds of services: news and information, education, and arts & culture.
This program was really at the nexus of all three. Some of what we did – and still do – was about informing Houstonians. Some was about educating. And some was about introducing Houstonians to one another's creativity and cultural diversity through coverage of festivals and exhibits, concerts, artwork, music, and theater. If Houstonians were doing it, we wanted to highlight it and will continue to do so!
Throughout, we've covered a number of ups and downs for Houston's arts community. In the audio above, we review the last decade now with Eric Skelly, Senior Director of Communications for the Houston Symphony, area photographer and artist Lynn Lane, and Marian Luntz, Curator of Film and Video at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Among the topics discussed: how Harvey and the pandemic impacted Houston’s arts and culture scene, how it recovered, and what’s changed in the decade since Houston Matters came on the air in 2013.