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Houston Selected for Prestigious Leadership Programs

Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO & Artistic Diretor
Colleen Houston. Photo by Andrew Houston

Congratulations to Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director, for being accepted into two prestigious programs for leaders in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Houston was recently selected as a member of Class 44 of Leadership Cincinnati, a program by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She joins 53 other participants, representing large corporations, mid-sized companies, nonprofits, governments and entrepreneurs, who will experience an active and immersive learning experience.

“Class 44 participants are coming in at a pivotal time to have courageous conversations and collaborate on ways to drive transformative change in our region,” said Amy Thompson, senior director of leadership programs, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Houston was also recently selected for the Leadership Council for Nonprofits’ BOLD (Board Orientation + Leadership Development) program. BOLD serves as Greater Cincinnati’s leading nonprofit board training program.

“Throughout the 6-week virtual board training program, participants will be educated and empowered through a robust curriculum and board matching,” said Jack FitzGerald, program manager for Leadership Council.

Houston is part of a cohort of 40 professionals representing 34 organizations.

“I am honored and humbled to be part of Leadership Cincinnati and BOLD right now with so many incredible fellow leaders in our community,” Houston said. “These amazing programs are helping each participant to face incredible challenges in our region and develop leadership skills. As a collective we are called to serve and ready for action, and I’m eager to roll up my sleeves, learn, connect and collaborate with my fellow classmates.”

Houston was appointed CEO and artistic director of ArtWorks in April 2020. She serves on the boards of Mini Microcinema, a nonprofit that provides free screenings of experimental film and media for all ages, and Wave Pool, an arts center in Camp Washington that catalyzes community-driven and artist-led projects for social impact. She has received a Legacy Next Generation Leader Award, has been a Cincinnati Business Courier C-Suite honoree, and is a graduate of EXCEL, a leadership development program of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati.

“Colleen is a thoughtful and steadfast leader in our community,” said Joe Muraca, ArtWorks board president and member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 41. “Her superpower is her ability to help people discover their creative genius and connect with their communities through art. We’re so grateful to have her on our team.”

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that include 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination.