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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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Transported + Renewed Grant

Transported + Renewed is a major three month creative placemaking project that celebrated the centennial of the Port of Houston and the inauguration of the Houston METRO East End Light Rail Line. Creative placemaking projects help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core; grantee projects should encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

The theme of Transported + Renewed draws on Houstonians’ playful and artful obsession with “keeping things moving” and living in an ever-changing and transforming urban landscape. The East End is the perfect part of the city to celebrate the fascination our citizens have with all forms of transport – tugs, ships, railroads, bicycles, art cars, trail rides, low riders, dragon boats, SLABs, food trucks and more – precisely because it is the city’s transport hub. Site-specific and inspired arts performances, installations, interventions and enactments that address these issues and fulfill these requirements are encouraged to apply.

This grant provides financial programs that serve to: (1) establish a nationally recognized cultural environment that attracts visitors and tourists to the City of Houston; (2) meet the needs of the culturally diverse residents and visitors of Houston, and (3) occur exclusively within the designated calendar for, specified area of, and address the themes associated with, the Transported + Renewed creative placemaking project.

Because funding for this category is City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax, the funded projects should impact tourism and the hotel and convention industry. The maximum request is $10,000 for individual artists and $15,000, for organizations. For organizations, the grant request cannot exceed 25% of the average of the two previous year’s cash. There is no matching requirement.


Application Has Closed

Grant Term:  January 7, 2014 - December 30, 2014
Application Opened: October 15, 2013
Application Closed: November 26, 2013

» Download the FY14 Transported + Renewed Guidelines

Final Reporting for Individuals
» Download the FY14 Transported + Renewed Final Report Form 
» Download the FY14 Transported + Renewed Supplemental Materials Form

Final Reporting for Organizations
» Download the FY14 Transported + Renewed Final Report Form
» Download the FY14 Transported + Renewed Supplemental Materials Form


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