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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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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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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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Exploring Lunar New Year


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Photo: Pin Lim / Forest Photography

Wednesday - Tuesday, January 13 - 19, 2016
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street
Hours: Mon - Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 - 7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.


Opening reception: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m. (with food, drink, lion dancing, celebratory shoe shines, spiffy hair trims and more)

The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. The entire event heralds new beginnings and expresses great relief in moving on from the travails of the old year. Crowds gather at sacred spaces and community events to enjoy performances of both lion and dragon dances; fireworks and offerings; the clamor of bells, the commotion of the crowds, and the whisper of prayer; and to experience the smell of incense, accompanied by the veil of smoke it creates. 

 


Bank of America was the lead presenting sponsor for the entire Winter Celebrations series and the free Family Day held on January 18, 2016. Additional support was provided by Sara and Bill Morgan, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Endowment.

Special thanks to the Chinese Community Center

 


ABOUT WINTER CELEBRATIONS

Houston is a town where summer punishes and winter forgives. As a result, the winter months in Houston provide an extra opportunity to celebrate the season in special ways that express our diversity, our internationalism and our local heritage.

In response to this phenomena, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presented Winter Celebrations, a trio of installations, along with live performances and interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

These distinctive traditions share more than a season — they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume.

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