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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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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.


Individuals Seeking Training

Board Leadership for the Arts Summer 2017, will be a weekend intensive, with classes on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th. This opportunity will provide either current board members or those wanting to serve on the board of a local, nonprofit, arts or cultural organizations.


Who Should Register?

  • Experienced board leaders
  • Board members anticipating their first officer positon
  • Individuals with no prior experience seeking future board positions


Summer 2017 Schedule – All classes will be held at Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250

  • Friday, June 23, 2017  – Registration Deadline
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017
    •  8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration/Check-in
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Class
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017
    • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Class
  • TBD - Graduation and Meet & Greet



Cost of registration is $350 per person, this includes all books and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for students, young professionals, and executive staff of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations. 


Organizations Seeking New Board Members  

Through Board Leadership for the Arts, your nonprofit organization has the opportunity to interact with individual business professionals seeking leadership positions—on arts and cultural boards—in the Greater Houston area. Although the program assists you in securing qualified board member prospects, the program does not guarantee board member placements.


How to Get Involved

Complete an online application to let us know you are interested in being a nonprofit participant. If selected, a minimum of one representative will be invited to attend an evening training session and prepare you for the program’s meet-and-greet event. To be eligible for the program, 1-2 representatives must attend the meet-and-greet and agree to provide up to two (2) complimentary tickets (or admissions) to each candidate in the program class, if requested. Complimentary tickets are arranged through the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston and should be provided for the duration of the 6-week training period.


More Information?       

Deidre Thomas | 713.581.6130



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