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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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Creative Economy Salon: The Novogratz

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Friday, November 18, 2016, 6 p.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125

Houston’s creative economy is a limitless engine for economic growth, economic diversification, and cultural capital. Comprised of creative individuals, non-creative businesses employing creative talent, and creative businesses producing goods and services, the sector as a whole offers our region opportunity via jobs, revenues, community vitality, and international cachet.

Recognizing the potential for our city’s creative economy—alongside the need to share the practices and successes of those in both the national and local arenas—Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) kicked off the first of its new, quarterly creative economy salons with acclaimed design husband and wife team Robert and Cortney Novogratz (known together as The Novogratz).

Outside of their popular HGTV series Home, The Novogratz may be recognized and credited for a multitude of design projects including pop-ups at Art Basel and SXSW; interior spaces in Manhattan, Los Angeles and abroad; and partnerships with a number of national retailers. Together, the duo discussed the span of their creative careers, sharedthoughts on design, and signed copies of their latest book, Beachside Bohemian: Easy Living by the Sea (published by Rizzoli New York).


Referred to collectively as The Novogratz, the husband and wife team of Robert and Cortney Novogratz gained national recognition as stars of the popular HGTV series Home. Whether transforming an entire city block in Manhattan or executing a music venue design for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, The Novogratz’s eclectic sensibilities and unique design vision adds drama and energy to every project they adopt.

Beachside Bohemian: Easy Living by the Sea, published by Rizzoli New York, was inspired by the methods Cortney and Robert applied to the renovation of their own vacation home in the remote beach outpost of Trancoso, Brazil. “In this book, we’ve offered tips for designing and decorating a home like a boutique hotel, so that your home always feels like a vacation destination,” writes Cortney.

For more information on The Novogratz, visit

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