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Movers and shakers brainstorm ideas for Houston's arts future at thought-provoking breakfast

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Jill Jewett, from left, Catherine Mosbacher and Robert Sakowitz at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Jill Jewett, from left, Catherine Mosbacher and Robert Sakowitz. Photo by Ann Shaw
Tony Diaz at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Tony Diaz. Photo by Ann Shaw
Mauricio Vallejo and Liliana Molina at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Mauricio Vallejo and Liliana Molina. Photo by Ann Shaw
Philamena Baird at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Philamena Baird. Photo by Ann Shaw
Joseph Havel at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Joseph Havel. Photo by Ann Shaw
Caroll Parrott Blue at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Caroll Parrott Blue. Photo by Ann Shaw
Anthony Brandt at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Anthony Brandt. Photo by Ann Shaw
Jill Jewett, left, and Debra Simon at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Jill Jewett, left, and Debra Simon. Photo by Ann Shaw
Jill Jewett, from left, Catherine Mosbacher and Robert Sakowitz at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Tony Diaz at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Mauricio Vallejo and Liliana Molina at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Philamena Baird at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Joseph Havel at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Caroll Parrott Blue at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Anthony Brandt at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014
Jill Jewett, left, and Debra Simon at Center for Houston's Future event August 2014

Bring together a group of arts leaders and community powerhouses to brainstorm on creating a dynamic environment for arts growth in Houston and the buzz of ingenuity becomes palpable. Such was the case at the Junior League of Houston when the Center for Houston's Future held its third and final "Building a Shared Vision" breakfast.

Jill Jewett, project manager for the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, led the roundtable discussion of ideas that tapped the creativity of guests such as Glassell School director and artist Joseph Havel, the Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs Minnette Boesel and director of the Washington Avenue Arts District Susannah Parnin Mitchell

Also contributing to the discussion were Ana Villaronga-Roman, director and curator of the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum, and Philamena Baird, who serves as co-chair of the City of Houston Cultural Plan.

Arts world heavy hitters joining the roundtable included Gwen Goffe, Center for Houston's Future Fellow; Nancy Giles, Alley Theatre director of development; Laurette Canizares, executive director of the Houston Museum District Association, and Kelly Zuniga, executive director of the Holocaust Museum. 

And, of course, Center for Houston's Future CEO Catherine Mosbacher was on hand to head the luncheon.

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