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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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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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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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February 18, 2016

HOUSTON (February 18, 2016) –  This year, Houston’s five cultural districts are joining Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) as the hosts for the city’s local arts agency’s fourth biennial arts reception for elected officials on Monday, February 29, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street.

The city’s cultural districts are hosting The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials to welcome Sylvester Turner as Houston’s new mayor and in appreciation for his leadership during the 84th Texas Legislative Session to procure new funding to the tune of $5 million for the state’s cultural and fine arts districts. All five Houston cultural districts received Texas Commission on the Arts funding from this new source, accounting for more than a third of the total $1.5 million allocated for this fiscal year. 

On February 29, artists, arts administrators, civic leaders and creatives from across the city will come together to celebrate Mayor Turner as well as newly elected City Controller Chris Brown, City Council members and other elected officials. Mayor Turner is scheduled to address the attendees.

Houston is home to more state-sanctioned cultural districts than any other Texas city, including East End Cultural District, Houston Museum District, Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District, Theater District Houston and Washington Avenue Arts District. 

Underwriter Host for The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials is Houston First Corporation, and the event is presented by Houston Arts Alliance.

This reception is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at


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The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials