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About Us

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the local nonprofit arts and culture agency that enhances the city’s quality of life through advancing and investing in the arts and diverse cultural programming. The work of HAA encourages Houston’s development and shapes its global reputation by fostering tourism and supporting and promoting the city’s creative economy.

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Public Art

Creating public spaces for civic and cultural use requires artists, designers, architects, and the community to collaborate. By actively fostering these partnerships, both public and private, HAA’s Civic Art + Design program initiates, manages, and maintains public artworks throughout Houston. It serves a vital role as catalyst for change that generates a culturally relevant and rich environment for residents and visitors alike.

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Folklife + Civic Engagement

Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Civic Engagement program identifies and honors the artistic and cultural traditions of the city’s tremendously diverse and various communities and works to address the needs of all residents through engagement, citizen-driven initiatives, and equitable community outcomes. The Folklife program has been in existence since 2010. The addition of Civic Engagement to its portfolio was enacted through an HAA bylaws change in 2016.

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Grants are a fundamental means of promoting excellence in the creative sector. On behalf of the City of Houston, HAA awards approximately 225 grants annually to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists through a competitive grant allocation process.

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Capacity Building

Houston Arts Alliance provides voice and leadership through its support of arts organizations and individual artists with programs and services that help build and foster a vibrant and creative community—these programs and services help to ensure that the arts professionals’ creative contributions remain a vital part of community life across Houston and the region.

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As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

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Houston Arts Alliance continues to play an important role in arts and culture research projects, initiating and participating in studies that demonstrate the far-reaching impact of arts and culture on our economy and quality of life.

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Get Involved

Looking for a way to lend a hand? Investing in the arts and culture is an investment in the quality of life for all Houstonians. Join Houston Arts Alliance as a donor, member or volunteer!

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Houston Arts Alliance utilizes different vehicles to communicate with it diverse audiences, ranging from the city’s arts and culture community to residents to tourists. Find out more about HAA’s electronic newsletters and connect with us through social media. Our online Press Room provides resources for members of the media.

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The Creative Placemaking Series

With ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett
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Thursday - Friday, November 13 - 14, 2014
Various Locations

Placemaking has become an exceedingly hot topic among American arts and culture leaders. The Creative Placemaking Series explored the nature of placemaking, or the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a public place, with ArtPlace America's Jamie Bennett as guide.

Three events were offered:

  • HAA President + CEO Jonathon Glus and Mr. Bennett held an open dialogue during What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking at University of Houston University Center Theater. This in-depth conversation explored the nature of placemaking, effective placemaking methods and the future of American placemaking.   
  • Prior to What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking, Mr. Bennett presented Placemaking for Planners at Architecture Center Houston, tailoring his creative placemaking thoughts to the interests of urban planners, architects and city officials.
  • Graduate students in architecture, urban planning, design and arts leadership were invited to a special presentation, with Mr. Bennett, at Project Row Houses.


Placemaking for Planners by Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace
Co-sponsored by AIA HoustonArchitecture Center Houston and American Planners Association, Houston Section

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Reception; 6 p.m., Presentation
Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol, Suite 120


What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking: A Conversation between Jamie Bennett and Jonathon Glus
Co-sponsored by Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
University of Houston, University Center Theatre, Building 565


Placemaking for Students in Planning, Arts Leadership, Design and Architecture
Co-sponsored by Project Row Houses

Friday, November 14, 2014, 2 p.m.
Project Row Houses, First Floor, 2521 Holman



Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic and Columbia College. His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Mr. Bennett received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace has invested a total of $56.8 million in 189 projects in 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia since 2012. ArtPlace America National Grants generally range between $50,000 - $500,000. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. ArtPlace has four core areas of activity: it manages a national grants program that supports creative placemaking projects in communities of all sizes; it will extend this work by investing more deeply through multi-year investments in 5 communities; it seeks to understand, document and disseminate successful creative placemaking practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations and communities with one another.

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