Menu 1 Image

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.

Menu 2 Image

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.

Menu 3 Image

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.

Menu 4 Image

Grants

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.

Menu 5 Image

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.

Menu 7 Image

Dialogues

As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

Menu 8 Image

Research

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.

Menu 9 Image

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!

Menu 10 Image

News

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
close button
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
close button
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
close button
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
close button
Monday, April 17, 2017
close button
Friday, April 28, 2017
close button
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
close button
Monday, May 29, 2017
close button

HAA’S FOLKLIFE + TRADITIONAL ARTS AND HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENT STORM SONGS & STORIES


April 1, 2016

HOUSTON (April 1, 2016) – Houston and Galveston, like any city along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S., are always vulnerable to tropical weather. The most frightening of these events is the hurricane, with its fierce winds and massive storm surges that can spell devastation for anything in its path. Hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita and Ike in this region —and even earlier, the Great Storm of Galveston in 1900—are all too familiar in this part of the U.S.

STORM SONGS & STORIES was inspired by the voices of the multitudes of storm survivors. In anticipation of Houston Grand Opera’s May 2016 world premiere of After the Storm, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) and the Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Traditional Arts program will present the multimedia.

STORM SONGS & STORIES, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 8 p.m. at Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh Drive.

The program’s open mic format will feature first timers and seasoned vets sharing their stories, spoken word pieces, songs and poems on the subject of these storms. The general public is invited to participate as audience and/or performer. The format is solo performances only with a five-minute time limit, based on first come, first served. There is no cover charge.

STORM SONGS & STORIES is an outgrowth of two major projects—a 2005 storytelling project, titled Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston, and Houston Grand Opera’s After the Storm.

The storytelling project, led by University of Houston Professor Carl Lindahl and public folklorist and current HAA Folklife + Traditional Arts Director Pat Jasper, entailed Houston-based hurricane survivors interviewing more than 400 fellow survivors. Most of the resulting narratives now reside in the collections of the Library of Congress.

The chamber opera, a story of loss, resilience and the power of community, was developed through research and interviews with Galveston and Houston residents, mining the legacy of Galveston’s Great Storm of 1900 and 2008’s Hurricane Ike.
In this light, HAA’s Folklife program and HGOco came together to create an opportunity for the larger public to participate and share their own hurricane stories in the medium of their choosing. The public is invited to share hurricane stories like this one, written by a Houstonian:

A Good Dog
He’s not effusive or clingy or
Even much into being in the same room with me.

But the lights went out at 1:17 a.m., with
Winds howling and rain lashing and bangs
On the roof brought on by Lord knows what.

And for hours, as the storm blew water
Sideways under door jambs and through
Cracks in the ceiling. He stayed
Steadfastly by my side.

He followed me from room to room
As I – flashlight in hand—
Timorously waited out the hurricane.

Few things in life are truer or of
Greater comfort than a good dog in a
Bad storm.

Karen Ross, 2008
Courtesy of Houston. It's Worth It.

For more information, visit houstonartsalliance.com/folklife/current.

###

» Press Release