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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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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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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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Board Leadership for the Arts

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Board Leadership for the Arts is a training program working to prepare business professionals for effective volunteer board leadership within local, nonprofit, arts or cultural organizations. Utilizing official BoardSource® curriculum and instruction from a BoardSource® Certified Governance Trainer, participants learn the fundamentals of board roles and responsibilities; board-staff relations; board meetings and the function of committees; and a board’s role in fundraising. Individuals who successfully complete the program demonstrate an understanding and commitment to upholding professional standards of nonprofit board governance.

Through Board Leadership for the Arts, nonprofits also have the opportunity to interact with business professionals who complete training and seek board leadership positions. Although the program assists organizations in securing qualified board member prospects, placements are not guaranteed.

PLEASE NOTE: Board Leadership for the Arts plans to return this summer. More details coming soon. 

For more information, contact Richard Graber at 713.527.9330 ex. 136 or


The Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston is an affiliate program of Americans for the Arts, administered locally by Houston Arts Alliance, and funded through the generous support of Amegy Bank; JPMorgan Chase; ReedSmith; Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.; and Vinson & Elkins.


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