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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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The Creative Economy of Houston 1

A Comprehensive Study of Creative Sector Industries and Their Impact On The Houston Economy

On the world economic stage, Houston is a big player. It is the fourth largest city in the United States, with a population of more than two million, and a 10-county regional population of approximately 6.1 million people, the country’s fifth largest metropolitan region. With the most recent national census, Houston is the country’s second fastest growing major metro area and is now the most culturally diverse city in the country. Among its assets are a global population, a talented and productive workforce, a comparatively reasonable cost of living and a good quality of life.

Urban expert Joel Kotkin touted Houston’s “successful 21st - century urbanism,” noting abundant opportunity due to lower taxes and inexpensive real estate relative to other major cities and a continued rise in white-collar, college-educated residents. In 2008, Houston was rated number one on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best Cities report, and The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are only two of many national dailies recently reporting on Houston’s robust economy and growing profile as a leading 21st century city. 

The following report, commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and the University of Houston, examines that question, analyzing Houston’s creative economy and comparing its creative-business sector (for-profit and non-profit) with those in comparable American cities. The result is a new and compelling view of Houston as a city of great creative activity, employing many tens of thousands and generating billions in economic activity. At a time when the creative economies in other American cities have seen a constriction, this is the story of a city on the rise in creative economy output with potential of tremendous growth with the right investment. 

» Download The Creative Economy of Houston: A Comprehensive Study of Creative Sector Industries and Their Impact On The Houston Economy

 


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