Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Kiana Day

Houston, Texas


Kiana Day is currently Program Manager for Houston Grand Opera’s Home and Place, a program funded by a $250,000 grant received from ArtPlace, a new private-public funding consortium for economic revitalization grants, to promote “place building through art”.

She received Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Jackson State University and is currently completing a DMA in Music Education degree from University of Houston where her major area of research is advocacy for music education in multicultural and urban environments.

Kiana has been a professional music educator for over 7 years, by teaching private piano and voice lessons, serving as a high school choral director, and
teaching music education courses at University of Houston and Houston Community College. During her tenure at University of Houston, she has been a co-researcher/presenter for two conference papers that were presented at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX 2009 and 2010, consecutively, of which one of the papers, “A Content Analysis of Introductory Courses in Music Education at NASM-Accredited Colleges and Universities”, was recently published in the Fall 2011 Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.



Transforming Arts Institutions: Community Engagement as the Path to Sustainability

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
1st Floor : Regency Room

The world of established arts organizations is one that has not, in general, been at the forefront of arts-based community development. What community-oriented activity they have undertaken has often been for marketing rather than community purposes. There are signs, however, of change taking place. On the national level, increasing attention is being paid to “community engagement.” While some take this to mean simply a marketing tool in a shiny new package, others are making a deep commitment to partnerships that make their communities better places to live.

This session will present examples from around the country of arts organizations that have undertaken a significant community orientation as well as the circumstances that led them to this path and the results (to date). It will also provide opportunity to discuss what steps are being (and could be) taken to encourage more arts organizations to follow their example.