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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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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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Buffalo Bayou Invasive Plant Eradication Unit

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Photo: Sontera Dresch

Mark Dion, Buffalo Bayou Invasive Eradication Unit, 2011.

Funding Source: The Brown Foundation and Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Mark Dion’s Buffalo Bayou Invasive Eradication Unit [CI1] is a traveling artwork that educates Houstonians on the need to exterminate invasive plant species along Buffalo Bayou. This uniquely envisioned, rugged emergency response vehicle serves as a work station, laboratory, book mobile, and beacon for public outreach in the battle against invasive plant species along the bayou. Equipped with tools, books, and a field guide that encourages ongoing engagement with the environment, Dion’s creation provides an ethical, aesthetic, and functional tool to promote ecological stewardship of one of Houston’s finest assets, Buffalo Bayou.

The project was sponsored by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), which, along with local citizens, has diligently worked to restore the bayou.

“When HAA and the BBP asked me to be involved in this project, and I had the opportunity to visit Houston, it was clear to me that the problem of invasive plants and their contribution to habitat degradation is a serious issue,” said Dion. “I was immediately interested in creating more than simply an aesthetic work highlighting the problem, but rather a work that was also active in preventing and investigating these issues.”

To challenge and inspire residents to help with invasive species eradication, Dion’s work incorporated aspects of archaeology, ecology, biology, and ethnography while highlighting the need for public awareness and prevention.

The Field Guide includes commentary from HAA and BBP staff, an interview with Mark Dion, maps of the bayou, interesting facts, a glossary of terms and detailed descriptions and drawings of the invasive plants that are threatening the bayou.

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