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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Houston Arts Alliance’s (HAA’s) Folklife + Civic Engagement 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.
Through its folklife activities, the program undertakes community-wide, grassroots fieldwork and research to explore and highlight the contemporary traditions that make Houston one of the most vibrant urban landscapes in the United States. In fact, HAA is home to one of only a handful of urban folklife programs in the United States, which is a testament to the “coming of age” of a city that has long been dismissed for its inattention to local history and heritage. The stories now unfolding through the program’s work document the long-lived communities that founded this Gulf Coast city as well as the city’s newer refugee and immigrant communities. The region’s ethnic, religious, linguistic, and occupational communities boast a wealth of rich cultural traditions that animate and invigorate life for all of its citizens.
The civic engagement activities of the program focus on using the arts and the creative process to address complex issues of broad social and civic concern. Through folk and fine arts projects, public art, creative placemaking, and ongoing, resident-centered dialogue, Civic Engagement will explore the role that arts and culture can play in non-arts sectors. This engagement includes heightened neighborhood involvement in the artistic life of the city with a special emphasis on Houston’s older wards, the historic communities that have been since incorporated into the modern city, and its international enclaves and districts.
Oui (Chatwara) Duran
John F. Guess
Judy Nyquist, Chair