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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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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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Bayou Trails

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Bayou Trails is a community-based planning and community-responsive arts programming project linking a series of Houston parks along Brays Bayou (Mason, MacGregor and Hermann). This corridor of connectivity will span neighborhoods from the Latino-identified East End, through the largely African-American Southeast sector, to the mixed demographic of the Houston Museum District. 

Throughout winter 2016 and spring 2017, the three participating communities engaged in a series of convenings during which residents, neighbors and other individuals developed project concepts to be realized in the communities’ respective parks. Though the project concepts are distinct, all three aim to highlight the unique history, environment and/or spirit of the parks and their surrounding neighborhoods.   

To animate these community-driven concepts, HAA is calling for Bayou Trails proposals from interested artists, arts professionals and/or organizations through an open Request for Proposal (RFP) process that begins July 3, 2017. Proposals for each of these $45,000-$50,000 projects must be received by August 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Applicants should submit a proposal in response to only one of the three Bayou Trails RFPs. 

The project builds on several contiguous sites that have enjoyed attention through National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grants and celebrations such as the Hermann Park Centennial. The primary partner for this project is the Houston Department of Parks and Recreation (HPARD). Major park-specific liaisons are Greater East End Management District, the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance and Hermann Park Conservancy.

Bayou Trails is made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Brown Foundation, Inc. For more information, visit


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Hermann Park Community 

Bayou Trails is made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Brown Foundation, Inc.

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