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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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March 11, 2015

HOUSTON, TX – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) hosts An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Hotel ZaZA. Mr. Daniels, a versatile and dynamic talent, will share his life stories based on his vast experience as a film and television director, producer and writer.

Led by Event Chair Philamena Baird with Honorary Chair Marie Bosarge, this special evening begins with an opening reception and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Following dinner, Lee Daniels, director of the hit television series Empire and films Precious and The Butler (which he also produced), will share his life experiences—from founding his own health care agency at age 21 to managing actors to becoming the first sole African-American producer of an Academy Award-winning film (Monster’s Ball).

Following Monster’s Ball, he made his directorial debut with Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. The film received a total of six Academy Award nominations including Best Director, marking only the second time an African-American director had been nominated. Lee produced and directed The Butler, a story following the life of a White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents over three decades. The film was well received, earning numerous Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Award nominations. Daniels’s latest creative project is the hit musical drama television series Empire, starring Terrence Howard as hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyons. Daniels makes his television directorial debut with the show, and after just three episodes, the series was renewed for a second season. 

An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels is just one way in which HAA leverages public investment with philanthropic support to advance Houston’s arts. When HAA was formed in 2006 as a 501 c 3 nonprofit, the vision was to create a public/private partnership to promote the growth and visibility of the arts sector in Houston. Public funding includes city revenues from Hotel Occupancy Taxes (which fund grants to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists) and the City of Houston’s Percent for Art Ordinance (which supports commissions of new civic art projects as well as conservation of existing artworks).

However, many of HAA’s extraordinary public engagement projects (such as The Blue Trees, the recent Transported + Renewed, and Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel) are made possible through private funds. Public engagement projects and capacity building initiatives are designed to leverage public funds. HAA is committed to raising funds for only those projects and initiatives that the Arts Alliance is uniquely positioned to provide the community.

In total, 15% of HAA’s budget (grants/Contributions/Other Revenue) comes from private fundraising for general operating and special projects. These funds leverage the public funding portion of the budget which include approximately 55% from municipal funding (HOT) and 30% for the City of Houston’s Civic Art funding, which supports commissions of new civic art projects as well as conservation of existing artworks.

HAA invites you to support the programs of Houston Arts Alliance through this thoroughly engaging special event. Take advantage of this special opportunity to hear from one of the leading film directors and producers of our time. Visit for more information.


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An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels