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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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Research


Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) 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.

Houston is a regular participant in Americans for the Arts’ national Arts & Economic Prosperity Study, which measures the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. This study has revealed the arts to be a potent force in our local economy. In 2010, the latest results available, our local nonprofit arts industry generated $977.7 million in total economic activity and supported the full-time equivalent of 29,110 jobs. That’s a 39 percent increase in Harris County since 2005. HAA is currently gathering local data for Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, which will be released in 2017.

In the 2014 Community Outreach Report: Houston Arts & Culture HOT Grantee Organizations report, HAA, Houston’s Theatre District and Museum District found that arts and culture are engaging people in every part of our city. According to the report, arts and culture organizations are reaching more than 5.5 million people in the Houston area through efforts like touring productions, outreach to schools, and partnerships with community groups. Arts and culture activities are taking place in every City Council district and beyond.

HAA’s Creative Economy of Greater Houston studies have found that creative industries and individuals are the “sleeping giant” of Houston’s economy. The reports revealed that the $26 billion industry has grown by 18 percent since 2004 and employs nearly 180,000 highly skilled workers, from architects to designers to photographers. Yet Houston imports nearly 60 percent of its creative products, not taking advantage of this local talent. As a result of these findings, HAA has continued to call for greater local investment in creatives with a goal of keeping this deep pool of talent in Houston.

These studies all suggest that Houstonians participate in arts and culture, support arts and culture, and believe in the potential for growth in the region through arts and culture. The data provides solid evidence of the economic and quality of life impact of arts and culture in Houston.

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