Menu 1 Image

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.

Menu 2 Image

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.

Menu 3 Image

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.

Menu 4 Image

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.

Menu 5 Image

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.

Menu 7 Image

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.

Menu 8 Image

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.

Menu 9 Image

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!

Menu 10 Image

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017
close button
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
close button

The Blue Trees


tertiary image

Photo: Rainee Arguelle

Konstantin Dimopoulos, The Blue Trees, 2013.
In partnership with Galveston Arts Center

Funding Sources: The Brown Foundation, Inc., Anchorage Foundation of Texas, Brad and Leslie Bucher, Amegy Bank of Texas and American International Group, Inc. Additional funds for the Galveston component were made possible by the Galveston Park Board through funding from Hotel and Motel Tax Dollars generated from hotel guests visiting the Island.

Konstantin Dimopoulos’s temporary public art installation The Blue Trees came to Houston and Galveston in March, 2013, as part of the international conversation about deforestation and its global impact. Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), in collaboration with Galveston Arts Center, invited Dimopoulos to recreate his living outdoor project in Houston and Galveston as a response to the loss of millions of trees during the drought of 2011 and the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The Houston/Galveston installations extended and reinterpreted the original project launched in April 2011 at the Vancouver Biennale.

With the help of local volunteers, Dimopoulos colored tree trunks with biologically safe, water-based ultramarine mineral pigments, bringing attention to our trees. In a region of Texas known for its love of trees, the vibrant shade of blue in contrast with the bright green of new leaves garnered even greater awareness of our native trees and the need to prepare for extreme weather conditions that may harm them. By transforming living trees into blue giants, Dimopoulos elevated their role in our lives from everyday landscape to objects of appreciation. An ephemeral work, the trees gradually reverted back to their natural state over a six-month period. Striving to address global deforestation of old growth forests, Dimopoulos provided a visual platform to effect change.

“So many universal concerns seem larger than an individual’s power of influence, and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way,” the artist said. “The fact that blue is a color that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary, has happened. It becomes a magical transformation. Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and it’s not until it’s too late that we realize how important they are to us both aesthetically and environmentally.”

The Blue Trees installations in Houston included the large stands of crepe myrtles between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive at Waugh Drive; the trees at the historic Houston Parks and Recreation Department Gragg Building; and a solitary tree at the HAA offices.

Exhibition sites in Galveston were created in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and the National Hotel Artist Lofts. The Blue Trees could be seen at the Satori Elementary School, Trinity School, Saengerfest Park at 23rd and The Strand, and along 25th Street.

The general public was encouraged to join in the international conversation surrounding The Blue Trees by posting their thoughts, commentary and images with #BlueTrees, #climatechange and #deforestation.

July 16
close button