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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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Community Collaboration Project

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is pleased to announce the next steps in the implementation of Houston’s Arts + Cultural Plan. HAA has been working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) and cultural planning expert, Margie Johnson Reese of MJR Partners, to create grants services that are more flexible and responsive to your needs.

Your ideas and recommendations in this phase are critical to Advancing Houston’s Arts + Cultural Plan.

Please join HAA grants staff, artists, arts leaders, other grantees, and consultant, Margie Johnson Reese of MJR Partners for a series of conversations.

The purpose of these meetings is three-fold:

  • To learn about the challenges and opportunities that you experience in accessing HAA’s grant programs
  • To hear your ideas for broadening HAA’s programs and services for artists, arts education providers, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations providing arts programing.
  • To ask your advice on how best to reach a broader and more diverse cross-section of our community using the arts as a catalyst for collaboration and cultural exchange.

We recognize that there have been many conversations over the past two years about local support for the arts and artists in Houston. Our goal is to ensure that Advancing Houston’s Arts + Cultural Plan is launched in 2017 with practical measures and actions for success.

For more immediate information regarding HAA or the purpose of these important meetings, please do not hesitate to contact HAA at or 713.527.9330.


For Individual Artists

Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250.


For Arts Organizations (Current or New Grantees Welcome)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250. 


For those who have ever applied for HAA funding

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 
Stages Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250. 


PLEASE NOTE: You are welcome to attend any or all of the above listed meetings.

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