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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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Sabine Street Pump Station

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Photo: Diana Kingsley

Matthew Geller, Open Channel Flow, 2009. Steel, stainless steel, paint. 105 Sabine Street.

Funding Source: Percent for Art – City of Houston General Services Department

The 60-foot tall Open Channel Flow is a delightfully complex configuration of pipes, valves and elbows that seem to grow out of the pump station itself—a witty illustration of the little-known fact that Houston has over 7,000 miles of underground drinking water pipe. Geller’s intent was to call attention to the city’s water delivery system, and how ease of access to clean water is sometimes taken for granted.

One element of Open Channel Flow extends across and over the pump station’s fence into the adjacent Buffalo Bayou Park, like the branch of a large tree. At its end is a 30-foot high showerhead that hovers above an 8-foot diameter stainless steel drain, which holds a manual well pump. Several pushes on the pump handle result in the release of a gentle spray from the showerhead, offering a cooling benefit to area joggers, bicyclists, and users of the nearby Jamail Skate Park. Amber and blue beacons placed atop the work’s highest element—60 feet above—flash when water courses through the pipes. All these elements combine to create an urban earthwork that is as playful, absurd, and entertaining as it is functional.

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