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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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Business Volunteers for the Arts®

Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a pro bono consulting program that connects skilled business professionals with nonprofit arts and culture organizations in need of high-level business assistance.

BVA is a national program under the leadership and coordination of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. Since 1975, thousands of business professionals have shared their expertise in board development, strategic planning, fundraising as well as other talents on a wide range of consulting projects through BVA.

The program currently exists in 14 cities including New York, Chicago and Boston. The network of BVA organizations strive to help nonprofits improve their business practices and provide rewarding opportunities for business professionals who wish to contribute to their community and become directly involved with the arts. BVA helps nonprofit organizations improve management practices and provides high-caliber consulting services that might otherwise be unavailable. The program is viewed as an excellent staff retention tool and is strongly endorsed by the Houston business community including Vinson & ElkinsHaynes and Boone, as well as the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). The program stresses the reciprocal relationship between business and the arts that forges creative partnerships and connections.

» Become a Volunteer
» Request a Volunteer


About the Projects
Project times vary from three to nine or even twelve months. Typical projects can include business and marketing plans, entrepreneurial plans for increased earned revenue, PR/communications, strategic plans, staff/volunteer training, or analysis of financial systems, technology systems, human resource/staffing systems. Some projects are more specialized, (e.g., events, real estate, legal).

BVAs are not expected to become members, subscribers, donors, or trustees of the organizations they may be assisting, but it is not a surprise that some are asked to join boards. Some use the experience to enhance their training for board service whereas others may use the experience to build their own professional skill sets/portfolios. 

For more information on the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston, contact Richard Graber at 713.581.6136 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. 

Business Volunteers for the Arts® is a program of Americans for the Arts used by permission and supported locally in part by Houston Endowment Inc.



Would you make a good Business Volunteer?

  • Are you a business professional looking to make a profound difference in Houston's arts and cultural community?
  • Do you have a minimum of 5 years professional experience?
  • Can you volunteer 12 hours a month for 3 months to a year?

Houston Arts Alliance seeks qualified skilled-based volunteers—on an on-going basis—to participate in this unique and highly rewarding program.

» Access the online application and upload your resume

About the Process
Business professionals who meet minimum qualifications will be interviewed after submission of an online application and resume. Once accepted into the program, volunteers are required to complete 2.5 hours of Americans for the Arts online training and attend the annual Business Volunteers for the Arts® information and training session held in the fall. 

​For more information on the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston, contact Richard Graber at 713.581.6136 or


Does my organization qualify to participate in the Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) program?

  • Is your organization an official IRS recognized 501(c)(3) or under an umbrella organization that has this determination?
  • Can you provide an IRS Determination Letter dated at least one year prior to your application date?
  • Does your organization reside within the 10-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, San Jacinto and Waller Counties?

Organizations that meet the qualifications listed above are invited to participate in the BVA program. There is no minimum or maximum organization size for this program – organizations of all sizes are welcome to participate.

What types of projects can we request?
The most requested projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Business, marketing or strategic plans
  • Entrepreneurial plans for increased earned revenue
  • PR/Communication projects
  • Staff/volunteer training
  • Analysis of financial, technology, or human resource/staffing systems

About the Process
Organizations that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted after submission of an online application and brief project description. A 90-minute assessment will be scheduled to understand the organization’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges. At the conclusion of the interview, determination will be made to whether the organization has the capacity of managing a high-level volunteer. Once accepted into the program, organizations are eligible to apply for volunteers for three years—after which another assessment must be made. Organizations are limited to one volunteer project at a time.

How to Apply
Please complete the entire form, including the project description, and submit. Once you have completed and submitted the online form, please send the following required supplementary materials to Carolyn Hays at

  • Bylaws
  • Mission Statement
  • Organizational Biography (must include program descriptions)
  • Long-Range Plan (if available)
  • Actual Year-to-Date Budget for Current Fiscal Year
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • Recent general brochure, press releases, programs, reviews, et cetera
  • Board list with professional affiliations
  • Staff list with titles

» Access the online application

For more information on the Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston, contact Richard Graber at 713.581.6136 or

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