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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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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.

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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.

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This press room offers our most current press releases, as well as images. For more information, contact:

Fiona Cunningham
Senior Director of Advancement
fiona@haatx.com / 713.527.9330 x 126

 


HOUSTON (April 10, 2017) – On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) welcomed six-time Tony Award winning actress and singer, Audra McDonald to its annual fundraising dinner, An Intimate Evening with…. McDonald, who currently plays Madame Guaderobe in the live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, captivated the audience with h...

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HOUSTON (April 3, 2017) – The City of Houston is proud to announce the 37 recipients of the 2017 Individual Artist Grant. Awarded on an annual basis, Individual Artist Grants support the development and presentation of new artistic works. Since 1985, this city grant program has awarded more than $4.5 million to over 780 Houston artists.

“When you are moved by a play, in...

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HOUSTON (March 29, 2017) – The transformation of the block-long Bagby Street passage through Bayou Place into The Houston Oracle in Two Parts, as envisioned by sculptor Stephen Korns, is now complete.

Korns used photographs, video, sound, reclaimed materials and special lighting to turn the underpass into a multimedia work of art. Similar to the artist’s signat...

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HOUSTON (March 9, 2017) - Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) announced that Joe O’Connell + Creative Machines' Wings Over Water, the massive kinetic sculpture within the Fountain of the Americas, has been completed.

One of the governing metaphors behind the redesign of the George R. Brown Convention Center plaza is migration. At first glance, Wings Over Water i...

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HOUSTON (February 20, 2017) – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is proud to announce that Sara Kellner, Director of Civic Art + Design has been named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016 by Houston Woman Magazine.

Each of the honorees was nominated for inclusion on the “50 Women” list by a subscriber of Houston Woman Magazine and, later, selected by ...

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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 ...

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HOUSTON (December 5, 2016) – Through power2give.org, an online donation platform dedicated to raising funds for arts and culture organizations, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) joined the global #GivingTuesday movement by matching donations for 11 Houston-area nonprofits.

The annual National Day of Giving, held this year on November 29, 2016, kicked-off the holiday giving season a...

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Houston, TX (November 8, 2016) – Houston artist Ed Wilson’s Soaring In The Clouds, an artwork commissioned for the interior of the George R. Brown Convention Center is complete. Last spring, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) awarded Wilson $830,000 to produce a large-scale work of art as part of the convention center’s major renovation. The now completed hanging sculpture w...

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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 orga...

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HOUSTON  (May 10, 2016) – New York artist Donald Lipski’s much-anticipated installation Down Periscope, which sits atop the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, is now open to the public. Through Down Periscope, park visitors are able to peer into the 87,500-square-foot expanse, dubbed the Cistern, and its 25-foot tall, slender concrete columns that stand row-upon-row.

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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, t...

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HOUSTON (March 10, 2016) – More than 500 people attended The 2016 Houston Arts Reception for Elected Officials on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Wortham Theater Center. The city’s five cultural districts hosted the reception produced by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) to welcome Sylvester Turner as Houston’s new mayor and to show their appreciation of his leadership during the ...

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HOUSTON (February 19, 2016) – A groundbreaking program that will teach Houston students how to design video games based on their own original stories, as well as a cost-saving, costume-sharing program for local theater companies, will take shape over the next two years thanks to a new grant from Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) that rewards innovation.

HAA has awarded the Jamail Innova...

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HOUSTON (February 18, 2016) –  This year, Houston’s five cultural districts are joining Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) as the hosts for the city’s local arts agency’s fourth biennial arts reception for elected officials on Monday, February 29, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street.

The city’s cultural districts are hosting...

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HOUSTON (January 22, 2016) – As central as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is to the identity of Houston and her citizens, the trail rides, which act as a highly anticipated prelude to the “main event,” still remain somewhat shrouded in mystery for most Houstonians. Perhaps the trail riders with the most fascinating traditions and folklore are our region’s Afri...

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HOUSTON (January 8, 2016) – On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) will host its third annual fundraising dinner, An Intimate Evening with Sinatra's Iconic Music, at Hotel Zaza. In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, this special evening of dining and entertainment will be reminiscent of a 50’s supper club showcas...

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HOUSTON (December 18, 2015) - Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Deidre Thomas as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council. Thomas will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the networ...

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HOUSTON (December 17, 2015) – Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents an exhibition/installation focusing on the Lunar New Year. Unpacking the spectacle of this distinctive tradition, the installation will include objects, paper cutting, costumes, banners, calligraphy, instruments, audio and video to evoke the multisensory experience that is Lunar New Ye...

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HOUSTON (December 15, 2015) – Seven new, large-scale, contemporary artworks created by Houston, regional and international artists especially for William P. Hobby Airport are now installed in the airport’s new international concourse and at Southwest Airlines® ticket counters.

As Houston’s newest gateway to Latin America, the concourse introduces international...

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HOUSTON (December 14, 2015) - As the city’s designated local arts agency, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a nonprofit, public-private initiative that invests in Houston’s arts and cultural sector. On behalf of the City of Houston, HAA distributes Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds to arts and culture organizations and individual artists through a rigorous peer panel review process. Impo...

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HOUSTON, TX (November 25, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) joins the global #Giving Tuesday movement on December 1, 2015, by matching donations for 17 different Houston-area arts projects through power2give.com, an online cultural marketplace dedicated to raising funds for arts and culture projects.

The National Day of Giving is held annu...

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HOUSTON, TX (November 11, 2015) – Creativity fuels every city, and the depth of its creative talent determines how far a city will travel. Houston has discovered that it has an economic engine in its creative workforce – through defining and measuring creative businesses and creative talent as its own economic industry cluster, which can be compared to all other industry cluste...

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HOUSTON, TX (October 21, 2015) – Houston is a town where summer punishes and winter forgives. As a result, the winter months in Houston provide an extra opportunity to celebrate the season in special ways that express our diversity, our internationalism and our local heritage.

In response to this phenomena, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program pre...

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HOUSTON (September 24, 2015) — Despite fluctuations in other industry sectors, Houston’s creative industry economy remains robust—with demand growing by 25% since first measured in 2011, according to the second Houston-area creative economy study conducted by data-and-economic analysis specialists EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.).

Over the three-year period b...

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HOUSTON (September 21, 2015) - Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) announces that Joe O’Connell + Creative Machines was recently awarded the $1.34 million commission to create a major exterior artwork as part of the renovation of the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. Entitled Wings over Water, the massive kinetic sculpture within the Fountain of the Americas fountain promises to be a desti...

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HOUSTON, TX (September 20, 2015) – Folklore Films and Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program will present the premiere of the short film Voices of the Spirit: A Visual Poem on Saturday, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Folklore Films Studio, 4118 Fannin Street. The evening will feature two screenings of the short film (at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.), punctuated by ...

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HOUSTON (August 3, 2015) – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) announces a new granting program for arts organizations to explore new artistic and administrative approaches to their work. The Jamail Innovation Grant will invest in new initiatives that are game-changing and groundbreaking — with an emphasis on exploration, experimentation and invention. The grant will provide funding for art...

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HOUSTON, TX  (July 15, 2015)  —  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding. Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $100,000 for Bayou Trails, a project which will include community-based plann...

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HOUSTON, TX (July 1, 2015) — Experts in the field of Local Arts Agencies (LAA/LAAs) from across the country will join Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for a round-table discussion entitled A National Conversation: How Local Arts Communities Organize on Tuesday, July 14, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Founders Club at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Stree...

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HOUSTON, TX (May 30, 2015) — UP Art Studio with partners and supporters — The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Public Works and Engineering, Houston Arts Alliance, City Council Member Larry Green – District K, Brays Oaks and Five Corners Management Districts, and Fresh Arts — launch the pilot phase of the traffic signal co...

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HOUSTON, TX (May 5, 2015) — On Tuesday, May 5, civic leaders and community members celebrated Houston artist Tara Conley’s permanent installation of 35 sculptures at the South Gessner Division Police Station. Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) in partnership with the City of Houston, this permanent installation is the newest addition to Houston’s art collect...

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HOUSTON, TX  (April 13, 2015) — Each year Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program in partnership with Asia Society Texas Center shines a light on Houston’s diverse cultural landscape through the devotional music of our faith communities with its Voices of the Spirit concerts. From a capella gospel and the Golden Age of American Jewish religio...

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HOUSTON, TX (April 8, 2015) — Following its fall launch of Board Leadership for the Arts, Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston announces its second installment of the successful program. This month’s class of 20 local business professionals will gain valuable knowledge and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to upholding professional s...

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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 even...

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HOUSTON, TX (March 9, 2015) – Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) announced that Houston artist Ed Wilson has been awarded the commission to create an interior artwork for the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. The commission includes $830,000 to produce a large-scale work of art as part of the major renovation of the GRB.

“We are delighted to announce that Ed Wilson has been ...

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