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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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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. 

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


Hermann Park Community Meeting

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Holocaust Museum Houston, Avrohm Wisenberg Classroom, 5401 Caroline St.

Are you a Hermann Park community member, park user, or Museum District resident? If so, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) want to hear from YOU!

Join your neighbors for the second of three conversations surrounding Bayou Trails, a community arts project bringing citizen-driven programming to Hermann Park. All are welcome to attend, join the discussion, and help guide the project forward.

Bring a friend or neighbor along!

PLEASE NOTE: This is the second of three gatherings scheduled for Hermann Park. The goal of these meetings is to craft a community-inspired art project specific to the character of Mason, MacGregor, and Hermann parks.


  • A limited number of free parking spots are available.
  • Metered parking may be found directly in front of Holocaust Museum Houston, off the Caroline Street entrance, and on Calumet Street.
  • A parking lot is available adjacent to Holocaust Museum Houston. Rate: $5
  • Parking for the disabled may be found at the museum’s building entrance.


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

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