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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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Wayfinding Signs

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Photo: Bennie Ansell

Wayfinding Signs Project
In partnership with Downtown Management District

Directional signs might not seem like the typical place to install public art. But from 2015-2016, Houston Arts Alliance, in partnership with Houston Downtown Management District, revitalized existing wayfinding signs downtown—as well as adding new works by local artists—to turn these ordinarily mundane objects into unique works of art.

The Wayfinding Signs Project was first commissioned by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County (CACHH) in 2000. In the original project, artists created works for the reverse side of 44 directional signs throughout downtown. Through the years, these signs experienced considerable wear and tear because of the elements, and officials eventually called for their restoration.

Starting in 2015, HAA refreshed existing signs and also commissioned ten local artists to create artwork for additional signs.

The commissioned artists were:

  • Bennie Ansell
  • Nathaniel Donnett
  • Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola
  • Michael Guidry
  • Dennis Nance
  • Brian Piana
  • Robert Ruello
  • Jasleen Sarai
  • Prince Thomas
  • Sarah Welch

Some of these artists created new work specifically for the signs, while others used previously completed artwork, digitally recreated for the new “canvas.” Existing signs were restored using original digital images of the works that were then printed onto adhesive vinyl, which will stand up to the elements.

The now-complete collection of 52 signs ranges widely in theme and medium, but all works have a Houston feel and all greatly enhance the look of downtown.

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