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Diverse Works artistic director headed to University of Houston's new Center for Arts Leadership

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Sixto Wagan head shot April 2013
DiverseWorks artistic director Sixto Wagan will lead the University of Houston's new Center for Arts Leadership. Photo by © 2013 R.J. Warren
Fresh Arts Ball n Chain Gala, February 2013, Sixto Wagan
Wagan at Fresh Arts' "Ball n Chain" Gala in February Sixto Wagan Photo by Morris Malakoff
Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce - Natural Acts in Artificial Water
Stephan Koplowitz’s Natural Acts in Artificial Water at Waterwall Park Photo by Lynn Lane Photography
Nancy, City Council Meeting, November 2012, Mari Omori, Autumn Knight, Aaron Landsman
Aaron Landsman’s participatory theater event City Council Meeting Photo by David A. Brown/dabfoto creative
Sixto Wagan head shot April 2013
Fresh Arts Ball n Chain Gala, February 2013, Sixto Wagan
Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce - Natural Acts in Artificial Water
Nancy, City Council Meeting, November 2012, Mari Omori, Autumn Knight, Aaron Landsman

DiverseWorks announced Thursday that its noted artistic director Sixto Wagan has been officially appointed to lead the the University of Houston's newly-created Center for Arts Leadership — an innovative project aimed at training and supporting creative professionals in an ever-evolving arts environment.

When it formally opens this fall, the Center will offer a master's degree in arts leadership as well as a certificate in arts entrepreneurship.

"We'll be looking at what the art world looks like in the 21st century and where it's going," Wagan tells CultureMap. "Our primary focus is going to be how to take advantage of the opportunities at the University of Houston and across the city."

"We'll be looking at what the art world looks like in the 21st century and where it's going."

After organizing more than 100 projects during his 11-year tenure with DiverseWorks, Wagan has earned a reputation for collaborating with performers engaged with cultural, social and political issues. The artistic director garnered significant coverage for organizing recent memorable projects like Stephan Koplowitz’s Natural Acts in Artificial Water at Waterwall Park and Aaron Landsman’s participatory theater event City Council Meeting.

“Sixto has been instrumental in shaping DiverseWorks’ image and positioning the organization on the national and international stage," DiverseWorks executive director Elizabeth Dunbar said in a statement. "He has been a steadfast advocate for commissioning and presenting work that would not otherwise be seen in Houston, and he has left an indelible mark on Houston’s arts community."

Wagan begins his new directorship at the Center for Arts Leadership on May 20.

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