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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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Other Studies


Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) provides important research on the impact of arts and culture on the local economy through its Creative Economy of Houston studies and the Arts & Economic Prosperity studies, conducted locally as part of Americans for the Arts’ national study every five years. HAA, Houston Museum District, and Theater District Houston released their study on community outreach in April, 2015. In addition, The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University and the Center for Houston’s Future have also provided extensive research on arts and culture in Houston.
 


THE HOUSTON ARTS SURVEY: PARTICIPATION, PERCEPTIONS AND PROSPECTS (2012)

In 2012, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, under the leadership of Co-Director Stephen Klineberg, conducted the first-ever Houston Arts Survey. The Houston Arts Survey: Participation, Perceptions, and Prospects revealed that 73% of all respondents asserted that the arts contribute significantly to their quality of life. This appreciation extends across the city's diverse populations, with the vast majority of respondents supportive of continued and, in fact, enhanced public funding of the arts and arts education.

» Download The Houston Arts Survey

ARTS & CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMUNITY INDICATOR REPORT (2014)

Center for Houston’s Future’s 2014 Arts & Cultural Heritage Community Indicator Report focused on three regional topics – cultural organizations, funding for the arts, and people and jobs. The work captured longitudinal trends and challenges with comparisons to competitor regions within Texas and around the nation.

» Download the Arts & Cultural Heritage Community Indicator Report

COMMUNITY OUTREACH REPORT (2015)

The Community Outreach Report: Houston Arts & Culture HOT (Hotel Occupancy Taxes) Grantee Organizations demonstrates that the community outreach conducted by these HOT grantees through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Museum District, and Houston Theater District recipients reaches all council districts of the city, with relatively small variances. 

» Download the Community Outreach Report

CITY OF HOUSTON ARTS & CULTURAL PLAN (2015)

We have included the City of Houston Arts and Cultural Plan here, too. It identifies community concerns, sets a vision for the future, and recommends actions to achieve long-term priorities. The Plan was developed by looking at local data, research and by listening to community residents, artists, arts and cultural groups, a community advisory committee, City staff and elected officials, civic leaders and experts. Hundreds of individuals contributed to the Arts and Cultural Plan through meetings, interviews, and events, and thousands more accessed the project online.

» Download the Arts and Cultural Plan Overview
» Download the Arts and Cultural Plan Executive Summary
» Download the Arts and Cultural Plan Full Plan Document

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