Backgrounder

Mission Statement:

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts mission is to cultivate and celebrate all the arts by inspiring creativity and engaging with the community.

 Vision Statement:

LHUCA is a center for the visual, performing, and literary arts for adults and children on the South Plains and beyond. It is a place for all people with programs that enhance and enrich our life experiences. Together we make life better.

History:

LHUCA began as the Lubbock Regional Arts Center (LRAC) in 1997 “to inspire and enrich the Lubbock community by being a catalyst for the arts.” It was clear to founder, Mrs. Louise H. Underwood and a group of community leaders knew Lubbock needed a central place where all disciplines of the arts could come together. The City of Lubbock deeded the vacant Fire Department administration building to LHUCA in 2000, towards its goal to encourage an arts and entertainment district. A capital campaign launched a facility renovation from 2003 - 2005 that enlarged the campus. In 2004 LRAC changed to the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), creating this visual, performing and literary arts center in the heart of the future Lubbock Cultural District.

LHUCA is a major contributor to the arts community and a driving force behind the downtown revitalization plan using the arts to stimulate economic development. LHUCA has grown from its initial firehouse building to a large “campus” of six buildings, four galleries, a theater, clay studio, rehearsal hall, event spaces and classroom spaces.

The First Friday Art Trail is a 12-year community-wide event that draws 2,500-4,000 people each month to the LHUCA campus. More than 55,000 people benefit from LHUCA’s programs and services each year.

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Continuing creative place making activities, LHUCA received a $100,000 grant from Texas Commission on the Arts for “Enhancements to the Cultural District.” With the grant, LHUCA installed the permanent Reagor Dykes stage, restrooms and a green room on the Plaza.

LHUCA will receive a $25,000 Community Development Block Grant to build a “Shade Structure” on the Plaza, construction will begin 2017.

Two major projects involving community engagement and educational outreach are under development. A project featuring regional Latino artists will present visual, performing and literary arts in April 2017. The Latino Arts & Culture Festival will kick off the project on April 7-8. 

Programs organized by LHUCA:

•   First Friday Art Trail

•   Flatland Film Festival

•   Taste of Clay

•   “Saturdays at LHUCA” classes and workshops

Noted Partners:

•   Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP)

•   Ballet Lubbock, El Ballet Folklorico Nuestro Herencia

•   Flatlands Dance Theatre

•   Llano Estacado Clay Guild

2016-2017 Board of Directors:                                                     

Andrea Tirey, President

Ryan Henry, Vice President

Melissa Pierce, Secretary

Bill Lowell, Treasurer

Charles Adams, CASP Founder

Patty D’Alise

Upe Flueckiger

Brad Green

Patty Johnson

Arlene Matthews

Mont McClendon

Mary Ann McKay

Mike Meister

Juan Muñoz

Amy Punchard

Cheryl Sanford

Lyle Scovell

Chris Snead

Louise H. Underwood

Linda Whitebread

 Staff:                                            

Jean Caslin, Executive Director

Janine Conk, Office Manager

Roger Holmes, Clay Studio & Facilities Manager

Mica McGuire, Guest Services Coordinator

Linda Cullum, Curator

Maisie Alford, Assistant Curator

Robin Phillips, Community Engagement Manager

Chiemsee Holder, FFAT Coordinator

Andrew Carrizales, Clay Studio Associate

Jon Johnson, Clay Studio Associate

Justin Palacios, Digital Marketing Intern