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….
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Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the City of Houston (City) support the community’s desire to place temporary works of art on City property. Each City department has discretion over temporary art within its jurisdiction and sole responsibility to review matters of safety.
At the request of the City department, HAA will serve in an advisory capacity during the review process and recommend pieces for placement on their property.
OFFICES CLOSED: Monday, May 29, 2017
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
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The Individual Artist Grant Folk Arts Fellowship (IAGFAF) supports master artists in their efforts to preserve an artistic tradition—as a living legacy for their community—by helping them to pass their knowledge and skills on to a qualified and competent apprentice(s). This grant category enables master artists and (where appropriate) apprentices to 1) set aside time for intensive teaching and learning of the tradition and/or 2) purchase materials for the work at hand. Applications for these grants are reviewed by an external, impartial peer review panel and in recognition of exemplary artistic merit within a traditional art form.
Geometric Mouse Conservation
Photo: Debra Ham
Claes Oldenburg, Geometric Mouse, Scale X, 1971. Painted steel, 20’ x 15’ x 12’. Downtown Central Library, corner of McKinney and Bagby streets.
Anonymously donated to the City of Houston in 1975
Contractor: Robert Pringle
Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston, General Services Department
Anonymously donated to the City of Houston and placed on the Jones Building’s new plaza in 1976, the 10,000-pound sculpture was one of Oldenburg’s first monumental works of art. The artist created five versions of Geometric Mouse; Houston’s Scale X is the largest of these, with its “ear” diameter measuring nine feet. Upon the Central Library’s renovation in 2007, the sculpture was moved to the front of its adjacent 1926 Spanish Renaissance-style Julia Ideson building. Geometric Mouse, Scale X was returned to the 1976 structure at the corner of Bagby and McKinney Streets in 2010. This iconic work of boldly painted steel now faces Sam Houston Park while greeting drivers entering downtown from I-45.