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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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March 10, 2016

HOUSTON (March 10, 2016) – More than 500 people attended The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Wortham Theater Center. The city’s five cultural districts hosted the reception produced by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) to welcome Sylvester Turner as Houston’s new mayor and to show their appreciation of his leadership during the 84th Texas Legislative Session to procure $5 million in new funding for the state’s cultural and fine arts districts.

All five Houston cultural districts received Texas Commission on the Arts funding, accounting for more than a third of the total $1.5 million allocated for this fiscal year.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner praised the city’s cultural districts for creating exciting collaborative arts and culture projects that benefit Houston as a whole. “I am proud of the diverse cultural programming across our metropolitan area, and I am proud of the working artists and 500-plus arts organizations creating thought-provoking work in all of our communities,” Turner said at the reception. “I love Houston. We all do, and we all want the city and its residents to succeed and live full lives with access to great arts and culture.”

Mayor Turner said it was a privilege to work for the cultural district funding, and he remains committed to investing in the arts in Houston. “What makes us who we are is the arts community, which reflects the diversity of this city,” Mayor Turner said. “We must work to take the arts in this city to another level. Now is the time for the Houston arts community to go bold.”

Representing the cultural districts at the reception were Cynthia Alvarado (Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District), Diane Barber (East End Cultural District), Julie Farr (Houston Museum District), Kathryn McNiel (Theater District), and Susannah Mitchell (Washington Avenue Arts District). 

Houston Grand Opera Managing Director Perryn Leech welcomed the crowd that included City Controller Chris Brown, City Council members, civic leadership and a robust and diverse representation of the city’s arts and culture community. On behalf of the cultural districts and the arts and culture community, HAA President + CEO Jonathon Glus thanked Mayor Turner for his leadership.

The program concluded with City of Houston Poet Laureate Dr. Robin Davidson and her reading of her poem “To Speak of Rivers, after Langston Hughes,” a beautiful homage to Houston and the city’s African-American artists that was written especially for the occasion.

Houston First was the Underwriter Host for the reception.


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