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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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Dick Dowling Monument Conservation

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Photo courtesy of Houston Arts Alliance

Frank Teich, Dick Dowling Monument, 1905. White Carrara marble statue on Texas gray granite base, 28’ x 10’ x 10’. Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin.

The monument was commissioned by the Dick Dowling Monument Association, a committee comprising members of the Dick Dowling Camp, United Confederate Veterans; the Ancient Order of Hibernians; and the Emmet Council, a Catholic organization. Each group represented an important facet of Dick Dowling’s life. Among those who participated in fund raising for the monument were George Hermann; John Henry Kirby; John T. Browne, Former Mayor of Houston; Adele Looscan; and William P. Hobby.

Conservator: Conservation Arts Group
Completed: July 2009
Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston, General Services Department

The monument to Dick Dowling was the first public monument in the City of Houston, unveiled on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1905.  It was originally placed in front of Houston City Hall, which was located at the time on Travis Street between Congress and Preston (what is now Market Square Park). The sculpture has been relocated twice in its history and has been restored on numerous occasions. In 2008-2009, previous damage to the left hand was repaired, and the white Carrara marble sculpture surface was cleaned using a slow-misting water rinse and an architectural algaecide. Fractures were filled and previous fills that were failing were removed and re-applied. Newer losses in material were also filled.

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