The Mitchell Center fosters not only relationships between artists but also with other local, national, and international arts organizations. This network of relationships allows us to be supremely elastic in discovering and fostering new modes of interdisciplinary expression and experience. The Mitchell Center does not have a specific venue to call its own. Instead we work with partners to discover and develop new places where the arts can be experienced by a wide swath of different audiences, not always served by the traditional venues.

The University of Houston is defined by its urban setting, and the Mitchell Center is engaged on an ongoing basis with our city, particularly our immediate neighborhood, the Third Ward. Our current program is Performing the Neighborhood, a five-year partnership between the Mitchell Center and Project Row Houses to commission and present major performance-based works by contemporary artists in the Third Ward neighborhood of Houston. These large-scale co-commissions will draw upon the neighborhood, as well as the rich, often complicated intersection between the university campus and its surrounding community.

Mitchell Center organizational and commissioning partnerships have included Creative Time, BAM, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Project Row Houses, Lawndale Art Center, Aurora Picture Show, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Alley Theatre, DiverseWorks, Blaffer Art Museum, and more.