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DiverseWorks

aka DiverseWorks   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.diverseworks.org

Mission

DiverseWorks commissions, produces, and presents new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist's vision without constraint. DiverseWorks honors freedom of expression as an essential tenet of a civil society and knows that art carries an astounding promise for individual growth and insight. Through sharp attention to artistic quality and creative action, Diversework: invigorates Houston by fostering civic participation, cross-cultural understanding, and artistic innovation; is a nationally recognized artist-centered leader in presenting art that defies expectations and supplies a steady array of stimulating installations, unlikely collaborations, and inventive happenings; and takes risks and presents work that might not otherwise be shown

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Ms. Xandra Eden

Main address

3400 Main Street Suite 292

Houston, TX 77002 USA

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EIN

76-0035355

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Multidisciplinary Programming

DiverseWorks is a nonprofit art center dedicated to presenting new visual, performing, and literary art. Founded in 1982, DiverseWorks is a flexible space for exhibition and performance. It is recognized both nationally and locally for its artistic innovation and dialogue as well as for the quality of its programming. DiverseWorks prides itself on its commitment to new, bold and experimental programming, seeking to explore issues that "relate directly to the time in which we live." Its focus on artistic courage and creative risk‐taking is reflected in its mission statement: “DiverseWorks commissions, produces, and presents new and daring arts in all its forms through innovation collaborations that honor each artist’s visions without constraint.”

A cornerstone of DiverseWorks is its focus on artists, providing them with exposure and support. DiverseWorks nurtures artists during their emerging career through their artistic successes and throughout their mature but equally explorative years. By supporting artists as they create, exhibit and present their work; by hosting artists’ residencies and by commissioning new work, DiverseWorks gives them the artistic freedom to pursue their visions without boundaries or censorship. DiverseWorks helps to launch and cultivate artists at a local and national level. Visual arts exhibitions have included major commissioned projects by renowned artists such as William Pope L. (2003), David McGee (2007), Marina Zurkow (2012), Tony Feher (2013), Wu Tsang (2014), Oliver Herring (2015), and Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe (2017), and Jefferson Pinder (2019). DiverseWorks is also well known for commissioning and supporting the careers of intriguing and provocative art‐makers including Alpert Award‐Winners and USA Fellows such as Pat Graney (2009), Miguel Gutierrez (2006), and Donna Uchizono (2000, 2006), Stephan Koplowitz (2012), Nora Chipaumire (2013), Dean Moss (2015), Taisha Paggett (2016), Takahiro Yamamoto (2017), and Autumn Knight (2019).

By giving audiences access to new and original artistic experiences, DiverseWorks helps broaden their perception of what art is and of its social, cultural, and aesthetic importance. Educational goals are based on a belief in the importance of lifelong learning. DiverseWorks emphasizes interaction between artists and the community that allows viewers to understand and experience artistic processes and ideas.

DiverseWorks has received awards from national founders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Performance Network. DiverseWorks is also supported by Houston’s top foundations (including Houston Endowment, the Brown Foundation, Cullen Foundation, and Wortham Foundation), who have chosen to make long‐term investments in DiverseWorks’ mission to support the creation of new works. DiverseWorks, in turn, has also made a significant investment in supporting emerging arts organizations and groups in Houston – including Project Row Houses, Catastrophic Theatre, Suchu Dance, Voices Breaking Boundaries, and Alief Art House. Through residency programs, commissions, fiscal agency, and on‐site hosting, DiverseWorks ensures that Houston’s cultural palette remains rich with these exciting new arts groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top 5 Exhibtions of the Year 2008

Houston Chronicle

Mid-Sized Presenting Organization Cohort 2005

Non-Profit Finance Fund

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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DiverseWorks

Board of directors
as of 09/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anthony Suber

University of Houston

Term: 2023 - 2025

Tek Wilson

Director/Actor

Abimbola Farinde

Columbia Southern University

Natalye Appel

Natalye Appel + Associates Architects

Francis Almendarez

Artist and Educator

Anthony Suber

Artist and Educator

Ignacio Carrion

CEO, The MasterCaregiver Co.

Troy Schaum

Architect

Mahenou Ilahi

Artist and Community Organizer

Ryan Hawk

Artist and Community Organizer

Frederick Rhodes

Client Success Manager, Norton Rose Fulbright

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/12/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.