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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

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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Research

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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News

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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HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX INFORMATION

Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes in support of the encouragement, promotion, improvement and application of the arts and the enhanced tourism and benefit to the convention and hotel industry that results from Houston’s growth as an arts and culture destination.  Houston Arts Alliance will, in collaboration with recipients of this grant, work to highlight the impact of grantee work on Houston’s creative identity*, its tourism and the hotel and convention industry.

*Creative Identity: the unique characteristics that make up the arts landscape in any community: creators (individuals/organizations) and the authentic arts experiences they create.

Grantees will be asked, in 2 to 3 sentences, to describe how your work contributes to Houston’s creative identity as a unique arts and culture destination that would appeal to residents and entice tourists to come experience Houston’s arts landscape. This could include:

  • Innovative approaches to delivering artistic expression that could be highlighted for their inventiveness.
  • Unique partnerships that could be promoted as filling a multi-day arts experience.
  • Work that highlights the cultural authenticity of an overlooked community that would be intriguing to both residents and tourists alike.
  • Arts experiences that have proven to be attractive to tourists in other cities/communities.

HAA will use this information to:

  • Promote local creative opportunities outside the local area;
  • Promote local creative opportunities to local hotels and their staff;
  • Seek inclusion in widely distributed publications and;
  • Determine immediate versus progressive impact on tourism and the hotel and convention industry

WHAT MAY NOT BE FUNDED?

For grants funded with Hotel Occupancy Tax, funds may not be used for activities, programs or events or their administrative costs that are not consistent with the intent of the Hotel Occupancy Tax as defined in Sections 351.101(a)(4-5), 351.101(b) and other applicable sections of the Texas Tax Code. Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance grant funds may not be used for:

Project activities that do not meet the eligible uses of the Hotel Occupancy Tax, as outlined in the Texas Tax Code Chapter 351:  http://texansforthearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/TX-HOT-Tax-Code-351.001.pdf

  1. Existing deficits, loans, interest on loans, fines, penalties or costs of litigation.
  2. Projects or events that are extensions of training ( i.e. academic programs, conferences, classes and workshops)
  3. Costs related to performances or programs already funded by Hotel Occupancy Tax (through the Houston Arts Alliance, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum District Association, or Theater District Improvement)
  4. Scholarships or cash prizes
  5. Benefits, galas and projects planned primarily for fundraising
  6. Projects or performances that are regularly occurring events.
  7. Projects or activities which have a primary purpose that is religious. Religious organizations or groups closely affiliated with religious organizations may receive funding if all the following conditions are met:
    1. The funded program has a secular purpose1.
    2. The primary effect of the funded program does not advance or inhibit any religion
    3. The activity is open and advertised to the general public
  8. Purchase of equipment (except rental costs directly affiliated with the funded project or program)
  9. Capital building expenses
  10. Meals, refreshments and/or catering expense

Houston Arts Alliances grant program does not support organizations whose physical administrative offices (or main place of business) are outside the City of Houston. 

HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX: WHAT MAY NOT BE FUNDED

WHAT MAY NOT BE FUNDED?

For grants funded with Hotel Occupancy Tax, funds may not be used for activities, programs or events or their administrative costs that are not consistent with the intent of the Hotel Occupancy Tax as defined in Sections 351.101(a)(4-5), 351.101(b) and other applicable sections of the Texas Tax Code. Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance grant funds may not be used for:

Project activities that do not meet the eligible uses of the Hotel Occupancy Tax, as outlined in the Texas Tax Code Chapter 351:  http://texansforthearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/TX-HOT-Tax-Code-351.001.pdf

  1. Existing deficits, loans, interest on loans, fines, penalties or costs of litigation.
  2. Projects or events that are extensions of training ( i.e. academic programs, conferences, classes and workshops)
  3. Costs related to performances or programs already funded by Hotel Occupancy Tax (through the Houston Arts Alliance, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum District Association, or Theater District Improvement)
  4. Scholarships or cash prizes
  5. Benefits, galas and projects planned primarily for fundraising
  6. Projects or performances that are regularly occurring events.
  7. Projects or activities which have a primary purpose that is religious. Religious organizations or groups closely affiliated with religious organizations may receive funding if all the following conditions are met:
    1. The funded program has a secular purpose
    2. The primary effect of the funded program does not advance or inhibit any religion
    3. The activity is open and advertised to the general public
  8. Purchase of equipment (except rental costs directly affiliated with the funded project or program)
  9. Capital building expenses
  10. Meals, refreshments and/or catering expense

Houston Arts Alliances grant program does not support organizations whose physical administrative offices (or main place of business) are outside the City of Houston. 

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