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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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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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December 5, 2016

HOUSTON (December 5, 2016) – Through, an online donation platform dedicated to raising funds for arts and culture organizations, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) joined the global #GivingTuesday movement by matching donations for 11 Houston-area nonprofits.

The annual National Day of Giving, held this year on November 29, 2016, kicked-off the holiday giving season and harnessed the power of individuals, inspiring people to collaborate and improve their local communities by giving back to the charities and causes they support.

Through the unique crowdfunding platform, HAA began matching donations at 9:00am (in quantities up to $250 per donor) for projects located within the City of Houston. A total of $10,000 in matching support was provided to the 11 organizations.

This year, the $10,000 in matching funds was depleted in 35 minutes. As of Wednesday, November 30, 269 individual donor contributions—totaling more than $44,000 in gifts—were made (not including the matching funds). Most campaigns will continue throughout December. Two of the projects, presented by Stages Repertory Theatre and Houston Youth Symphony, have already met and exceeded their fundraising goal.

The projects include:

  • Apollo Chamber Players: “Apollo in CUBA!” bringing the first American chamber music ensemble to perform and record in Cuba
  • Stages Repertory Theatre: “A Surprising Twist on the Wild West” supporting the regional premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • American Festival for the Arts: “Support for Creative Classrooms” helping fund the purchase of new iPad Pros for AFA’s year-round and summer programs
  • Kinetic Ensemble: “#GivingTuesday – Kinetic Immersion” collaboration between students from several schools on a world premiere piece
  • Silambam Houston: “Telling contemporary stories through traditional art” helping fund the Summer 2017 performance that blends poetry, music, and dance
  • Hits Theatre: “Make a Donation, Make a Difference” helping support kids and youth through the power of theatre
  • Aperio, Music Of The Americas: “Help Aperio Fund a New Work by Jorge Calandrelli” fund supports commissioning fees and strategic planning for this project
  • Houston Youth Symphony: “HYS Coda Music Program” purchases and repairs instruments for after-school orchestra program
  • The Printing Museum: “Too Hot for Press” helping fund a new A/C unit
  • River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: “ROCO Anytime, Anywhere” supporting ROCO Anytime, Anywhere project to provide access to music anywhere
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company: “Support CRY HAVOC and Shakespeare for Veterans in Houston” seeking support to bring Stephan Wolfert’s CRY HAVOC to Houston

Houstonians are encouraged to continue donating to these projects through the holiday season.

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