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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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Jamail Innovation Grant

Houston is a city known for its innovations in science, engineering and medicine. Houston is also known for its strong and vibrant arts and cultural community. With innovation at the core of many industries in the region, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) recognizes the importance of investing in arts organizations’ exploration of new artistic and administrative approaches to their work. The Jamail Innovation Grant is specifically designed to encourage organizations to do what they do best: problem‐solve. This grant program provides funding for organizations to take risks and implement innovative ideas that they may otherwise have never come to fruition.  

The Jamail Innovation Grant invests in strategic partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and others—both inside and outside the cultural sector—to develop and implement new strategies that will potentially lead to long-term organizational change. Projects address complex challenges by departing from traditional practices, yet still align with the mission and vision of the organization.

To apply for the funding, organizations must be current recipients of General Operating Support (GOS), General Operating Support Expansion (GOSE) or Resident Incubator awards and have cash revenues of $50,000 or more. Grant awards for projects over one or two years will be up to $25,000 annually ($50,000 over two years), based on the size of the applying organization’s budget.

For more information, contact Amy Gibbs at 713.527.9330 ex. 122 or
Organizations 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: Friday, April 1, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017
Application Opened: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Application Closed: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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» Download the Application Workshop Presentation

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