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About Us

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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Get Involved

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 2, 2017

Dear Friends of HAA:

It has been a great honor to serve as Houston Arts Alliance’s first chief executive officer over the past nine years. The time has come for me to pursue new challenges and therefore I will be resigning my position with HAA. 

The past nine years the agency has evolved successfully into the public/private partnership originally envisioned in 2006. Together we created a well-respected organization that is now recognized nationally as a standard in the industry. 

I want to thank the members of HAA’s Board of Directors, past and present, for their extraordinary commitment to the organization’s mission, leadership in the community, and an unwavering passion for HAA’s role in the arts. 

I’d also like to thank HAA’s dynamic staff for their continued efforts to bring the stellar art resources our city deserves and engaging all its communities in so many innovative ways. And of course, I want to thank our many partners, without whom the work of HAA would not be possible.

Over the last decade, the agency has created a substantial portfolio of cultural policy and research work; expanded and deepened capacity building services for small and mid-sized arts organizations; brought diverse and impactful art to a number of public spaces in our city; and worked to substantially diversify agency funding. Through HAA’s Folklife Program, the agency has substantially increased community engagement, something that will remain a priority in the coming years. 

It has been a sincere privilege to serve Houston and its many communities. I ask you to join me in celebrating the first decade in the life of Houston Arts Alliance, and in support of its future.

With warm regards and tremendous gratitude, 

Jonathon Glus

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