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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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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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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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The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials


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Monday, February 29, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m.
Grand Foyer, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas St.


Hosted by: East End Cultural DistrictHouston Museum District, Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment DistrictTheater District HoustonWashington Avenue Arts District

Underwriter Host: Houston First
Presented by: Houston Arts Alliance

More than 500 people attended The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials. The city’s five cultural districts hosted the reception produced by Houston Arts Alliance to welcome Sylvester Turner as Houston’s new mayor and to show their appreciation of his leadership during the 84th Texas Legislative Session to procure $5 million in new funding for the state’s cultural and fine arts districts.

All five Houston cultural districts received Texas Commission on the Arts funding, accounting for more than a third of the total $1.5 million allocated for this fiscal year.

Representing the cultural districts at the reception were Cynthia Alvarado (Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District), Diane Barber (East End Cultural District), Julie Farr (Houston Museum District), Kathryn McNeil (Theater District), and Susannah Mitchell (Washington Avenue Arts District).  

Houston Grand Opera Managing Director Perryn Leech welcomed the crowd that included City Controller Chris Brown, City Council members, civic leadership and a robust and diverse representation of the city’s arts and culture community. The program concluded with City of Houston Poet Laureate Dr. Robin Davidson and her reading of her poem To Speak of Rivers, after Langston Hughes, a beautiful homage to Houston and the city’s African-American artists that was written especially for the occasion.

 


ABOUT EAST END CULTURAL DISTRICT

The East End Cultural District is Houston’s newest cultural district rooted in one of the city’s oldest communities. Geographically situated between downtown and the port, the East End Cultural District is home to a number of historic sites and an impressive and ever-growing collection of visual and performing arts venues, artist studios, makerspaces, urban farms, iconic restaurants, outdoor murals, and reimagined parks and public spaces (such as The Esplanade at Navigation) that serve as hubs for cultural activity. Located in close proximity to Buffalo Bayou and the recently re-designed Guadalupe Plaza Park, The Esplanade houses the weekly East End Street Market, offering locally sourced food and artist-made products in a unique urban setting that is quintessentially Houston.

ABOUT HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT

The East End Cultural District is Houston’s newest cultural district rooted in one of the city’s oldest communities. Geographically situated between downtown and the port, the East End Cultural District is home to a number of historic sites and an impressive and ever-growing collection of visual and performing arts venues, artist studios, makerspaces, urban farms, iconic restaurants, outdoor murals, and reimagined parks and public spaces (such as The Esplanade at Navigation) that serve as hubs for cultural activity. Located in close proximity to Buffalo Bayou and the recently re-designed Guadalupe Plaza Park, The Esplanade houses the weekly East End Street Market, offering locally sourced food and artist-made products in a unique urban setting that is quintessentially Houston.

ABOUT MIDTOWN CULTURAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

Midtown Houston is comprised of two organizations committed to making Midtown a model of urban living in the center of Houston, Texas. The two organizations are the Midtown Redevelopment Authority / Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 and the Midtown Management District. These organizations undertake projects with widespread benefit to the area that are beyond the ability of individual property owners to provide. Both organizations share the common vision of shaping Midtown into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly urban community, but the responsibilities of each organization differs. For more information about the Midtown Management District or the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District, please visit www.houstonmidtown.com or call 713-526-7577.

ABOUT THEATER DISTRICT HOUSTON

Midtown Houston is comprised of two organizations committed to making Midtown a model of urban living in the center of Houston, Texas. The two organizations are the Midtown Redevelopment Authority / Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 and the Midtown Management District. These organizations undertake projects with widespread benefit to the area that are beyond the ability of individual property owners to provide. Both organizations share the common vision of shaping Midtown into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly urban community, but the responsibilities of each organization differs. For more information about the Midtown Management District or the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District, please visit www.houstonmidtown.com or call 713-526-7577.

ABOUT WASHINGTON AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT

The Washington Avenue Arts District encompasses the historic First and Sixth Wards of Houston. Home to several converted warehouse buildings housing over 300 working artist studios, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in the United States! The area offers a unique brand of cultural excitement, with fantastic establishments for eating, gathering and shopping, and a variety of live-work spaces, restored homes, cultural institutions and independent creative studios, all just a mile from downtown Houston.     

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