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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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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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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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Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organization and Their Audiences
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Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (AEP IV) provides compelling new evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry in the Greater Houston Area—one that generates $977.7 million in total economic activity. This spending—$414.6 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $563.1 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 29,118 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $702.9 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $130.4 million in local and state government revenue. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the Greater Houston Area’s economic well-being.

This study, conducted every five years by Americans for the Arts, provides an important tool to measure the size and impact of the nonprofit arts and their audiences on the local community. For the first time in this study, HAA surveyed the 10-county region, the Greater Houston Partnership footprint, as well as Houston and Harris County, which has been surveyed in past studies. The comparison of the 2005 study with the latest findings in Harris County reveal a 39% increase in nonprofit arts economic activity.

There were 182 study regions that participated in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. It documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in 139 cities and counties, 31 multi-city or multi-county regions, 10 states, and two individual arts districts—representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The diverse study regions range in population (1,600 to four million) and type (rural to large urban).


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