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History of MIDTOWN ART CENTER

In November 1982, the vision of Midtown Arts Center of Houston became a reality.  Many artists and nonprofit performing and visual art organizations expressed difficulty in obtaining adequate and affordable office, practice, and performing and exhibit spaces in the Midtown area.  The Midtown Art Center complex was conceived to address this fundamental need.   Midtown Art Center was created to provide appropriate spaces to emerging artists, arts organizations and established artists at a cost that is affordable to them. 

The opportunity to establish the Art Center grew out of the association between the Founders, who assembled three tracts of land and building in Houston’s Midtown district across from a budding community college.  Midtown Art Center facility encompasses a 20,000 square foot Art Center Building housing individual art studios, Repertory Theatre, the Gallery Connection, Art Gallery, and a Dance Theatre. 

Additional special gifts from Corporate and individual sponsors enabled the Art Center to survive through the critical start-up phase until it could generate sufficient revenue from studio space rentals and rental of visual and performing art spaces.  The City of Houston, banks, art patrons, community and friends embraced the Midtown Art Center with enthusiasm and encouragement.  Midtown Art Center would be a catalyst for revitalization and redevelopment in the deteriorating Midtown neighborhood by adding to the city’s rich diversity of cultures, and serving as a central place for performances and exhibitions.

3414 LaBranch@Holman  Houston, Texas 77004
Phone (713) 521-8803  Fax (713) 521-9003 
midtownartcenter@hotmail.com