Houston Matters

Despite challenges brought by Harvey and the pandemic, Houston’s arts and culture scene continues to grow

We discuss the last decade of arts and culture in the next installment of our Ten Years series.



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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.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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