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