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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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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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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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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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Temporary Placement of Art

Application for Temporary Placement of Art on City Property

1. Summary
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. For projects proposed in the TxDOT right-of-way, email for additional guidelines.

The City may permit temporary placement of artworks on City property for a period of time not to exceed 90 days, subject to the approval of the City department director having jurisdiction over the site upon which the art will be placed. The director may extend the temporary placement for two consecutive periods of time, not to exceed 90 days each, for a total of 270 days.

If the department determines that there is a safety issue, the organization or individual proposing the exhibition will be required to have an engineer’s seal. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces, and/or any other safety concern. These drawings can be submitted to HAA for review after the project has been approved.

The cost of the installation and de-installation of the artwork will be paid by the applicant. The artist or proposing organization is responsible for maintenance and any damage to the artwork during the time the artwork is on view. The applicant may also be required to pay a bond conditioned on the timely removal of the artwork.

PLEASE NOTE: This application is for OUTDOOR WORKS ONLY. Should you like to propose a temporary display of work inside a City building, contact the relevant City department directly.

2. Application Requirements

  1. Proposal letter (three-page maximum) including the following:
    - Contact information from the proposing artist or organization;
    - Artwork description including: title and year completed, artist name, artwork medium/material, dimensions and weight. For video, performance and time-based media, artwork duration is also requested;
    - Specific location(s) of proposed installation;
    - Installation plan - specify materials, equipment and utilities to be used;
    - Site maintenance plan, specifying schedule and method of upkeep; and
    - A detailed timetable covering artwork placement and removal, clearly addressing a commitment for its timely removal and plan to return its site to original condition.
  2. Photographic documentation of the artwork, showing all views. For new works, please include detailed drawings or renderings (Up to 10 images);
  3. Artist C.V. or resume (Up to three pages); and
  4. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces and/or any other safety concern.

All text documents should be at least 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin as Microsoft Word Documents (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf). Images must be in JPEG/JPG format. All files must be readable using Microsoft Windows.

3. Application Submission
To complete the application form and submit your application requirements, visit

4. Submission Schedule
Application Deadlines: Monthly, approximately 2 weeks before an HAA Civic Art Committee (CAC) meeting
Committee Review: Monthly
Notifications of Review Results: Monthly

Upcoming Deadlines:​

  • Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

PLEASE NOTE: CAC meeting dates are subject to change.

5. Review Process

  1. Submit a proposal to HAA using the Submittable application.
  2. Proposals will be reviewed by the HAA CAC during their bi-monthly meeting. HAA will perform an aesthetic, content and material review of the proposal for the affected city department.
  3. Proposals which pass the review will be recommended to the affected City department or to TxDOT for installation.
  4. If the proposal is accepted by the affected City department, a release from the artist or sponsoring organization on a form approved by the City attorney will be required before installation can begin. If the director of the affected City department determines it advisable and requires it, a bond not to exceed $2,000.00 conditioned on the timely removal of the object shall be posted by the applicant.
  5. The affected City department can issue a permit to install and display the artwork for a period of 90 days, at its own discretion.
  6. The artist or proposing organization will remove the artwork after 90 days and will return the site to its original condition.

PLEASE NOTE: HAA approval DOES NOT guarantee approval by the City department. The affected City department has final discretion over temporary art in their jurisdiction.

For questions or more information regarding the Application for Temporary Placement of Art on City Property, email

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