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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

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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Dialogues

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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Research

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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News

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 OurBayouTrails.com.
 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS


Mason Park Community Meeting

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mason Park Community Center, Club House, 541 S. 75th St.

Are you a Mason Park community member, park user, or East End resident? Have you been a part of the discussion surrounding Bayou Trails, a community arts project bringing citizen-driven programming to Mason Park?

Join us and your neighbors for our final community meeting. The goal for this third meeting is to specifically discuss the community-inspired art project that will be developed in Mason Park. All are welcome to attend, contribute to the discussion and help move this project into its next stage.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last gathering scheduled for Mason Park. 



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MacGregor Park Community Meeting

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Houston Business Development Inc., 5330 Griggs Rd.

Are you a Third Ward resident and MacGregor Park community member? Have you been a part of the discussion surrounding Bayou Trails, a community arts project bringing citizen-driven programming to MacGregor Park?

Join us and your neighbors for our final community meeting. The goal for this third meeting is to specifically discuss the community-inspired art project that will be developed in MacGregor Park. All are welcome to attend, contribute to the discussion and help move this project into its next stage.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last gathering scheduled for MacGregor Park. 



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Hermann Park Community Meeting

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 -11:30a.m.
Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center (Activity Room 1A/1B), 2020 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004 

Are you a Museum District resident and Hermann Park community member? Have you been a part of the discussion surrounding Bayou Trails, a community arts project bringing citizen-driven programming to MacGregor Park?

Join us and your neighbors for our final community meeting. The goal for this third meeting is to specifically discuss the community-inspired art project that will be developed in Hermann Park. All are welcome to attend, contribute to the discussion and help move this project into its next stage.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last gathering scheduled for Hermann Park. 


 


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

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