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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 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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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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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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Conservation + Collection Management

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Houston is home to one of the most exciting municipal art collections in the country. The City of Houston Art Collection is comprised of more than 500 works in all media, from oil on canvas to bronze sculptures, from cast glass to craft. As works age or sustain damage, conservation of those pieces is necessary. Civic art can be found in all of the usual places you’d expect to see public art—like parks, airports and in downtown—but also in neighborhood libraries and police stations. You can find the work of international heavyweights like Jaume Plensa, Henry Moore and Claes Oldenburg; the work of nationally recognized artists like Luis Jimenez, Jésus Moroles and John Biggers; and the work of many Houston-based artists in city facilities, on recycling trucks and even incorporated into parking meters.

Works of art require regular care, particularly those works installed outdoors where they sustain the full force of Houston’s climate and human interaction. While city departments are responsible for routine maintenance, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) manages the city’s art conservation projects using accepted national standards. Funding for Civic Art projects, including conservation, comes from 1.75% of the amount appropriated by City Council for an eligible project per the City of Houston’s Civic Art Ordinance. 

HAA’s Civic Art + Design department follows a collection management policy developed in 2007. This policy provides a framework for the responsible acquisition, stewardship, and care of the City of Houston’s Art Collection. Civic Art + Design also maintains an accurate inventory of the City Collection; documents and reports on the condition of the Collection to HAA and city departments; and maintains data related to artwork specifications, maintenance requirements and conservation history.

Have questions about artworks in the City of Houston Art Collection? Email us at

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