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.
LHUCA is a center for the visual, performing, film 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.
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 five buildings, four galleries, a theater, clay studio, rehearsal hall, event spaces and classroom spaces.
The First Friday Art Trail is a self-guided art event that draws 5,000+ people each month to the LHUCA campus. Nearly 75,000 people benefit from LHUCA’s programs and services in the past year.
Lindsey Maestri, Executive Director
Meegan Honeyman, Development Director
Mary Hogan, Programs Manager
Sharae Flores, Event and Marketing Coordinator
Taylor Ernst, Curator
Dexter Woods, Clay Studio Manager
Chris Brown, Facilities Coordinator
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