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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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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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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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The Creative Economy


November 11, 2015

HOUSTON, TX (November 11, 2015) – Creativity fuels every city, and the depth of its creative talent determines how far a city will travel. Houston has discovered that it has an economic engine in its creative workforce – through defining and measuring creative businesses and creative talent as its own economic industry cluster, which can be compared to all other industry clusters.

Houston Arts Alliance will explore the potential of Houston’s creative economy when Christine Harris, co-founder of the Creative Economy Coalition, moderates a panel of experts on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Gensler, 711 Louisiana. The panel discussion – 180,000 and Counting: Houston’s Creative Workforce on the Rise – will examine the findings of HAA’s recent Creative Economy 2 study and how it relates to the national creative economy story.

Harris will be joined by Susanne Behrens, President, Art Institute of Texas; James E. Furr, Managing Principal Emeritus, Gensler; and Patrick Jankowski, Region Economist, Vice President of Research, Greater Houston Partnership. The panel will discuss why the creative economy matters to Houston – what it means for economic diversity, economic stability, and how it impacts the attraction, retention and development of talent.

Harris will also lead The Creative Community: Learn How to Champion Your Industry, A Workshop on the Creative Economy for Creative Workers/Artists on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway. Especially designed for local creatives, the  goal of the workshop is two-fold: to develop a shared understanding of the role of the creative economic industry cluster in advancing talent and economic capacity of greater Houston, and to build collective support for advancing the recognition of the value and contribution of the creative community to greater Houston and beyond.

Both events are free and open to the public with reservations required. For reservations, email

This workshop and panel come on the heels of the release of Creative Economy 2 study, commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston and conducted by data-and-economic analysis specialists EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.). The study is a comprehensive review of creative-sector industries and creative occupations and their impact on the Houston economy. Despite fluctuations in other industry sectors, the study found Houston’s creative industry economy remains robust—with demand growing by 25% since first measured in 2011. Over the three-year period between studies, a shift in how creative workers are employed occurred with creatives becoming more integral to businesses across an array of diverse industries, marking an important change in Houston’s current workforce.

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The Creative Economy of Houston 1