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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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On July 1, 2013, Texas became the 13th state to join the national Cultural Data Project (CDP), providing arts and cultural organizations across the state access to a range of technology tools; services to help strengthen their management capacity; and resources to demonstrate their value and impact within their community. A consortium of public and private funders in Texas, including Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the Houston Endowment, joined forces to make the CDP’s web-based data collection and analytical tools available for both organizations and their advocates.

The CDP, now DataArts, offers a user-friendly online system for reporting historic organizational and financial data. To participate, organizations fill out a Cultural Data Profile once each year. After an organization has completed its first profile, DataArts' technology will enable participants to run powerful reports instantly, providing the the ability to:

  • Analyze operations over time and inform both management and strategic planning;
  • Submit a standardized part of the grant application process to participating grantmakers; and
  • Make a case to board members, potential donors, grantmakers, advocates and policy makers.

DataArts is provided to all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, in Texas, free of charge. Participating grantmakers are committed to strengthening the cultural sector in Texas and many recommend or require participation in DataArts as part of their grant application—or reporting processes—over the next several years.

PLEASE NOTE: HAA directly integrates data from DataArts into its grants applications. Get started today by creating a profile.

QUESTIONS? Check out the DataArts Support Center!

For more information, contact ​​Deidre Thomas at 713.527.9330 ex. 130 or




DataArts is a nonprofit organization that empowers the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts is a catalyst for data-informed decision-making that results in stronger management for arts and cultural organizations, better-informed philanthropy, and a rich information resource for advocates and researchers. For more information, visit

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