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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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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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NEW HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE GRANT TO ENCOURAGE INNOVATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS


August 3, 2015

HOUSTON (August 3, 2015) – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) announces a new granting program for arts organizations to explore new artistic and administrative approaches to their work. The Jamail Innovation Grant will invest in new initiatives that are game-changing and groundbreaking — with an emphasis on exploration, experimentation and invention. The grant will provide funding for arts organizations to expand artistic excellence and increase reach, impact and accessibility through strategic organizational partnerships between cultural groups or with organizations outside the cultural sector. Although grantees must be based in Houston, partnering entities may be anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

The Jamail Innovation Grant will encourage arts organizations to do what artists and arts organizations do best: problem‐solve. “Houston is a global center of innovation with tremendous successes in science, engineering and medicine. Just as corporate Houston must invest in research and development and assume risk to prosper, our arts and culture sector needs the opportunity to challenge itself, both organizationally and artistically,” said HAA President + CEO Jonathon Glus. “This grant is designed for organizations to reconsider ‘business as usual’ and test new ways to stretch artistry and reach new audiences. We are grateful to Randall Jamail for his vision and enthusiasm to fund this new initiative.”

Because funding for the nonprofit model for arts and culture does not routinely encourage risk-taking, this grant opportunity provides the rare occasion to stretch the imagination of an organization’s leadership and test the organization’s ability to strengthen its impact. Funded projects will address complex challenges by departing from traditional practices, yet still align with the mission and vision of the organization. Approaches will be new to the organization, but not necessarily new to the field.

To apply for the funding, organizations must be current recipients of General Operating Support, General Operating Support Expansion or Resident Incubator support, and must have cash revenues of $50,000 or more. Grant awards for projects over one or two years will be up to $25,000 annually ($50,000 over two years), based on the size of the applying organization’s budget. Application workshops will be held on Thursday, August 20, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., at 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125.

All potential applicants must initially submit a Letter of Inquiry by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Once invited to apply, organizations must submit full applications by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

For complete application guidelines, click here.

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Jamail Innovation Grant