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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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Anthony Shumate, Monumental Moments, 2015. Buffalo Bayou Park. Photo: Anthony Thompson Shumate

Originally labeled “Civic Art + Design,” this section of the website has been renamed “Public Art” to reflect better the broad range of Houston Arts Alliance’s public art projects. The 2006 City of Houston Civic Art Ordinance references the Civic Art Program, which influenced the naming of the HAA department/program as Civic Art + Design and is still in place.

  • HAA’s Civic Art + Design program champions projects that transform urban space in order to express and celebrate Houston’s distinctive identity. It does this by:Commissioning new permanent public art;
  • Invigorating public spaces through its Temporary Art Program; and
  • Conserving art in the City of Houston collection for future generations to enjoy.

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, Civic Art + Design initiates, manages, and maintains civic 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.

Civic Art + Design commissions of permanent artwork have ranged from Houston artist Bert Long’s monumental mural ART/LIFE for the Looscan Neighborhood Library to Dennis Oppenheim’s graceful Radiant Fountains at the gateway to the Bush Intercontinental Airport to Matthew Geller’s witty Open Channel Flow at the Sabine Street Pump Station.

The Temporary Art Program (TAP), launched in 2009 with an exhibition of works by James Surls on the Rice University campus, provides curatorial vision and professional expertise for projects that take art beyond the walls of museums and galleries. TAP installations have included Konstantin Dimopoulos’s The Blue Trees, a response to the loss of millions of trees during the 2011 drought and Hurricane Ike, and Jo Ann Fleischauer’s What Time Is It?, a collaboration with the contemporary music group Musiqa.

The City of Houston Art Collection comprises all works of art in all media that have been purchased, commissioned, or donated to the City and accepted into the collection by City Council. In its role as manager and conservator of the collection, Civic Art + Design monitors the condition of pieces, performs conservation, contracts with outside conservators, and recommends accession and deaccession policies.

Funding for many Civic Art + Design projects derives from HAA’s contract to provide professional services to the City of Houston’s General Services Department, Houston Airport System, and Houston First Corporation. HAA receives a fee of 17 percent of the contract amount for each project. This fee covers the costs of professional project management including contract management, project planning and implementation, and onsite project support. The City generates funds for the aesthetic enhancement of public facilities and civic space and for the conservation of works in the City of Houston Art Collection through the percent-for-art ordinance, which sets aside 1.75 percent of eligible city capitol improvement project funds for these purposes.

Houston Arts Alliance also raises funds from private donors. The TAP is financed primarily from these sources.

Civic Art + Design also administers private commissions and conservation efforts. It provides exhibition planning, placemaking services, urban design consultation, and temporary artwork project management.

 


CIVIC ART COMMITTEE

Philamena Baird
Valerie Cassel Oliver
Ryan Dennis
Michael Guidry
Craig Massey, Chair
Debbie McNulty
Judy Nyquist
Linda Shearer
Fabené Welch

PROGRAM REPORTS

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