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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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November 25, 2015

HOUSTON, TX (November 25, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) joins the global #Giving Tuesday movement on December 1, 2015, by matching donations for 17 different Houston-area arts projects through, an online cultural marketplace dedicated to raising funds for arts and culture projects.

The National Day of Giving is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. To kick off the holiday giving season, #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of individuals by inspiring people to collaborate and improve their local communities by giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This year, through the unique donation platform of, HAA will match every dollar donated (up to $250 per donor) to projects within the City of Houston and the surrounding area.  A total of $10,000 in matching support is available to the 17 projects submitted by the November 16, 2015 deadline.

The projects include:

  • Aperio, Music of the Americas, “Across Oceans: Chamber, Vocal & Solo Music by Thomas Osborne” recording to be distributed by MSR Classics in 2016
  • Apollo Chamber Players, “20x2020 Commissioning Project” for multi-year commissioning projects
  • Asia Society Texas Center, “Building Bridges, Connecting Cultures” to support cultural education programs
  • FotoFest, “Literacy through photography’s 25th Anniversary” to support eco-creative curriculum for the 2016 FotoFest Biennial
  • Frame Dance Company, “Through the Sheets of Clouds” to pay artistic fees, equipment and venue rental
  • Gulf Coast, “Poetry for the People!” publishing poems for artists and readers
  • HITS Theatre, “Amp it Up: An Audio Improvement Movement” for sound system equipment
  • Houston Ballet, “Bring deserving students to the Ballet!” for spring student matinee performances at the Wortham Center
  • Houston Youth Symphony, “HYS Coda Music Program Instruments for Children” to  maintain instruments
  • Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, “Bring Music to HISD Schools!” for workshops in Title I schools in HISD
  • METdance, “Join the MET’s A-Team and bring DANCE to over 20,000 children!” presenting fun, accessible and quality programs
  • River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, “ROCO Commissioning Fund” to support ROCO’s programming
  • Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas,” special performers for  “Russian Old New Year Festival”
  • Stages Repertory Theatre, “Support Houston Talent” to support Stages’ world premiere presentation of Brendan Bourque-Sheil’s The Book of Maggie
  • OCA-Greater Houston, “Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival and Arts Night Events”
  • Wordsmyth, “Views on Race,” three playwrights reflecting on their views on race
  • Writespace, “Writespace Giving Tuesday Campaign” to help support Houston writers

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