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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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October 5, 2016

HOUSTON (October 5, 2016) – The Board of Directors of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), the city’s designated local arts and culture agency, announces its new officers headed by HAA Board Chairman Philamena Baird.

Ms. Baird is an instrumental part of the Houston community having chaired over 100 charity events benefitting arts and culture organizations, children’s organizations, health care for children, and major sporting events. Numerous Houston mayors have recognized her talents and her ability to “get things done” by appointing her to lead and develop plans on improvement projects for the City. Most recently, Ms. Baird served as co-chair of the City of Houston’s Arts and Cultural Plan.

“Philamena Baird is a civic-minded, results-oriented leader with a compassionate heart who loves Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “HAA is in good hands with Philamena at the helm and will no doubt benefit from her broad community perspective and extensive nonprofit governance experience.”

“My intention during my tenure as HAA Board Chair is that we will represent the City of Houston Mayor’s Office as a catalyst and conduit to encourage the artistic community and its expression,” stated Ms. Baird. In addition to her new role on the HAA Board, she serves on 13 other boards across the city and has been recognized and received awards by many organizations for her outstanding leadership in the community.

Also serving as HAA Board officers are Leigh Smith as vice chair; Suresh Raghavan as treasurer; and Michael Cordúa as secretary. Marc Melcher serves as immediate past chair, following his service as board chairman for the past four years.


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