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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

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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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.

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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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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.

LET CREATIVITY HAPPEN! EXPRESS GRANTS


FY 18 LET CREATIVITY HAPPEN! EXPRESS GRANTS GUIDELINES

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Express grants are designed to encourage artists and creative individuals to take creative risks that may not qualify for more traditional funding opportunities. Awards will support innovative ideas that redefine artistic boundaries, reshape the conversation about art and art experiences, and/or establish unique opportunities to experience art.

  • Max Award: $2,500
  • Application opens: December 8, 2017
  • Grant term is a maximum of one year
  • Four deadline a year:
    • Monday, January 12, 2018, 5:30pm
    • Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:30pm              
    • Monday, July 2, 2018, 5:30pm
    • Monday, November 5, 2018, 5:30pm

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Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.

SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS


FY18 SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS GUIDELINES

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Houston’s artists and creative individuals make Houston a more culturally rich place to live through their creative problem solving, provoking messages and animation of neighborhoods and cultural institutions.

The Support for Artists and Creative Individuals program provides funds of up to $15k to advance the careers of Houston artists and creative individuals creating new work or completing work already in progress. All awardees are responsible for sharing the work they accomplish in a public program as outlined in their grant proposal. 

  • Max Award: $15,000
  • Application opens: December 8, 2017
  • Deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Grant term: April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

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Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.

ARTIST AMBASSADOR PROGRAM


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The Artist Ambassadors Program is City’s investment in the careers of Houston artists as well as in the cultural vitality of the region. The program is designed to call attention to the depth and quality of the art being created in Houston and to amplify the work of outstanding Houston artists in varied disciplines each year.

  • Award: $50,000 to one artist
  • More details available in 2018

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Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.

VISIT MY NEIGHBORHOOD


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Visit My Neighborhood is a pilot collaborative grant program that allows Houston Arts Alliance and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to partner with community-based organizations to expand arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors based on the knowledge and expertise of the community-based organizations. An art writer fellowship will document the program to showcase the arts, cultural and heritage resources, and activities in each community.

The first round of grants awarded aligns with the Mayor of Houston’s Complete Communities initiative in these five pilot neighborhoods:

  • Acres Homes
  • Gulfton
  • Near Northside
  • Second Ward
  • Third Ward

Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.

SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS I & II


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Houston is home to hundreds of nonprofit arts, culture and heritage organizations offering thousands of programs, projects, activities and arts experiences for residents and tourists annually. The Support for Organizations program seeks to nurture the development of artists and creative talent through support for organizations that demonstrate high artistic quality and merit, community engagement and organization management.

Support for Organizations I

Open to arts organizations with 501(c)3 tax exempt status arts as core purpose, mission and focus providing seasonal activities, arts- driven operations open to the public. Organizations in this category present or produce the work of professional artists and either provide or intend to provide professional artist* fees**.  Awards are 25% of an organization's budget with a max award of $75,000.

*A professional artist has specialized training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily obtained in an academic institution); is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity if that becomes financially feasible; and has a history of public presentation.

**As demonstrated through previous fiscal years and reported in the Data Arts Funders Report. Applicants that intend to will demonstrate intent in the grant application.

Support for Organizations II

Open to arts organizations, community and civic organizations, social service organizations and fiscally sponsored groups of artists, that produce or present non-commercial arts and cultural projects and programs that are open to the public. Organizations in this category present or produce the work of non-professional artists or volunteer professional artists, but do not and do not intend to provide professional artists fees. Awards are 25% of the organization's budget with a max award of $25,000.  

  • Support for Organizations I Max Award: 25% of budget with max $75,000 (those who do pay professional artist fees)
  • Support for Organizations II Max Award: 25% of budget with max $25,000 (those who do not pay professional artist fees)
  • Workshops: May-July 2018
  • Applications open: July 2018
  • Deadline: August 2018
  • Grant term: January 1, 2019-December 31, 2019

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Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.

FESTIVAL GRANT


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As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Houston hosts a wide variety of arts and cultural festivals that allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions that create vibrant opportunities and experiences for locals and visitors.

The Festival Grant program provides support of up to $10k to fund art festivals or art components of cultural festivals. Festivals are defined as a special events that are periodic (often annual) occur within a limited period of time, feature varied and curated programs, and have a unifying theme or special focus. Activities are inclusive and accessible for all. Festivals can present various performing, visual and folk arts or could be specific to a particular artistic discipline. Collaborative efforts leveraging the strength and knowledge of multiple organizations and maximizing the potential audience are highly encouraged.

  • Max Award: $10,000
  • Workshops: February 2018
  • Applications open: March 2018
  • Deadline: April 2018
  • Grant term: July 1, 2018-December 31, 2018

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Grants are provided by local Hotel Occupancy Taxes, click here for more information and resources.