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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at The University of Houston

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing, visual, and literary arts. Based at the University of Houston, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers curriculum and scholarships, and hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. The Center is home to the Mitchell Artist Lecture, an annual event featuring a pioneer in contemporary art-making, as well as CounterCurrent, an annual spring festival of new performance. 

The Mitchell Center was established in 2003 as the product of the joint vision of the University of Houston and the Center’s founding donors, Cynthia and George Mitchell, who set out to create a program that impacted all of the arts unites at the university, namely the School of Art, School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program, and Blaffer Art Museum. The Center’s founders envisioned a program that would galvanize the city around new, boundary-pushing works of art, which remains the Center’s pursuit today. 

The Center’s program has taken shape over the years in response to many needs and interests, including those of artists, audiences, and the university community.

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