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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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Grants for Individuals

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) recognizes that a city's excellence in the arts is enhanced through the encouragement and support of local artists' creative endeavors.

The Individual Artist Grant (IAG) supports the development and presentation of new artistic works to help advance our city's reputation as a cultural destination and vibrant creative hub. Applications for these grants are reviewed by external, impartial peer review panels composed of artists, arts professionals and community volunteers selected for their expertise and objectivity. Awards are not unrestricted grants; projects or events must result in the creation or completion of new works and be presented in a publicly accessible location. For eligibility requirements, consult this year's IAG Guidelines.

The Individual Artist Grant Folk Arts Fellowship (IAGFAF) supports master artists in their efforts to preserve an artistic tradition—as a living legacy for their community—by helping them to pass their knowledge and skills on to a qualified and competent apprentice(s). This grant category enables master artists and (where appropriate) apprentices to 1) set aside time for intensive teaching and learning of the tradition and/or 2) purchase materials for the work at hand. Applications for these grants are reviewed by an external, impartial peer review panel in recognition of exemplary artistic merit within a traditional art form.

For more information, email Grants staff at
Individuals approved for a grant will enter into an agreement with Houston Arts Alliance (outlining the activities being supported through grant evaluations and accountability requirements).



Grant Term: April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Application Workshop + Peer Learning Session: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 11 a.m. or 3 p.m., Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Application Opens: Monday, December 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Individual Artist Open House: Wednesday - Thursday, December 7 - 8, 2016
Application Closes: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Panel Review: February 2017
Grants Committee Approval: February 2017
Board of Directors Approval: February 2017
Notification of Award: April 2017
Award Orientation Workshop: April 2017

» Download the FY17 IAG Orientation Workshop Presentation
» Download the FY17 IAG Guidelines
» Download the FY17 IAG Workshop Presentation

Reporting and Payment Schedule

  • First Payment (Released upon receipt of confirmed and signed Contract Agreement, W-9 Form, ACH Deposit Form and venue confirmation): April 2017
  • Final Report Due (Final payment released upon Final Report Form receipt and approval): No later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.



Wednesday - Thursday, December 7 - 8, 2016, 1 – 5 p.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125

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Grant Term: August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017
Application Opened: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Application Closed: Thursday, July 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Reporting and Payment Schedule

  • First Payment (Released upon receipt of confirmed and signed Contract Agreement, W-9 Form, ACH Deposit Form and venue confirmation): August 2016
  • Final Report Due (Final payment released upon Final Report Form receipt and approval): Monday, July 31, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

» Download the FY16 IAGFAF Guidelines
» Download the FY16 IAGFAF Application


Grant Term: April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Application Opened: Friday, December 4, 2015
Application Closed: Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

» Download the FY16 IAG Guidelines
» Download the FY16 IAG Application Workshop Presentation
» Download the Civic Art + Design Application Workshop Presentation
» Download the FY16 IAG Final Report Form
» Download the FY16 Programming Location Report Form​

Reporting and Payment Schedule

  • Payment 1*: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than Tuesday, April 25, 2015
  • Final Report Due**: To HAA, no later than Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 2: By ACH deposit to grantee, within 30 days after Final Report submission

*Individuals will be eligible for their first payment after staff has verified an executed signed copy of the grant contract.
**If the Final Report is outstanding and not submitted prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year, the final payment may be forfeited.
Please refer to your signed contract for additional grant program details.


Grant Term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Application Opened: April 3, 2015
Application Closed: May 4, 2015

» Download the FY15 IAGFAF Guidelines


Grant Term: March 9, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Application Opened: December 5, 2014
Application Closed: January 5, 2015

» Download the FY15 IAG Guidelines
» Download the FY15 IAG Support Material Guidelines
» Download the FY15 IAG Final Report Form
» Download the FY15 Programming Location Report Form​


Grant Term: May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015
Application Opened: November 6, 2013
Application Closed: December 6, 2013

» Download the FY14 IAG Guidelines
» Download the FY14 IAG Application Workshop Informational Handout
» Download the FY14 IAG Final Report Form 

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