Since 1979, Houston Endowment has been one of HGO's most
generous supporters. Their generosity has benefited every area of
the company, from production support to Concert of Arias to the HGO
Studio. Most recently, they provided the crucial initial support
for the company's NEXUS Initiative.
Houston Endowment was established by Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones
in 1937 to nurture Houstonians and to encourage the city's growth.
Its achievements range from funding major buildings on the campuses
of the University of Houston and Rice University, to the early
development of the Texas Medical Center and fighting polio through
support of the Hedgecroft Clinic.
For Houston Endowment, "arts and cultural assets are essential
to a great city, and engagement in their offerings provides
significant personal and social benefit." The Endowment is
particularly interested in engaging new, diverse, and young
audiences in the arts in Houston, and there is no better program
for achieving those goals than HGO's NEXUS Initiative, which
removes the cost barrier to provide underwritten tickets for
performances at the Wortham Theater Center and free performances at
Miller Outdoor Theatre.