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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

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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Dialogues

As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

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Research

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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Get Involved

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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News

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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Artist Resources


Houston Arts Alliance
Our current public art opportunities are listed here. Stay in the know when it comes to our upcoming commission opportunities and resources – join our mailing list!

Temporary Placement of Art on City Property
Are you looking to place temporary works of art on City of Houston (City) property? Learn about the application and review process here.

For information on placing temporary works on Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-ways, email civicart@haatx.com.

Publicartist.org
Publicartist.org has amazing public art opportunities posted – sign up, it’s free!

Creative Capital 
Looking for professional development opportunities? Creative Capital is an incredible resource.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Public Art Network
AFTA's Public Art Network has resources for artists interested in public artmaking.

 


PREQUALIFIED ARTIST POOLS

GENERAL COMMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

HOUSTON COMMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

TEXAS COMMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

REGIONAL COMMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL COMMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

RECOMMENDED READINGS + RESOURCES

Recommended by Sara Kellner, Director of Civic Art + Design:

  • The Artists Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions by Lynn Basa
  • Public Art by the Book by Barbara Goldstein
  • The Artists Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield
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