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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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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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Financial Literacy for the Arts


Financial Literacy for the Arts is a program offering financial and accounting training, mentorships and services to qualified arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Houston area. The program builds relationships between the private financial industry and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through workshops and business services.

Program Fees
Single workshops are $35 per individual. A package of four workshops is $100 per individual registrant. (Packages may not be split between multiple individuals). 

Nonprofit organizations that have a single individual participate in all four (4) workshops become eligible to request a financial mentor to help apply the knowledge gained in the workshops to their organization. Upon successful completion of the mentorship and workshops, organizations are eligible to request a participating CPA or Accounting Firm to receive services, such as Form 990 tax preparation, at a pre-determined fee based on the organization’s budget size. 

 


2016 Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.            
Introduction to Accounting

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Budget and Internal Control Essentials

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Financial Operations

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Reporting Requirements

All workshops are held at Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125.

For more information, contact Amy Gibbs at 713.527.9330 ex. 122 or amy@haatx.com.

 


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.

 


THE WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Accounting: What every nonprofit arts administrator should know
Presented by Kathy Ploch, CPA
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.     
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Workshop participants will learn basic fundamentals of accounting including basic accounting methods, setting up a chart of accounts, various bookkeeping systems, and the importance of having a document retention and destruction policy. Participants will review and compare an audited financial statement with one from QuickBooks. 

Budget and Internal Control Essentials: Being a good steward of donor funds
Presented by Kelly Hunter, CPA
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
This workshop will provide all of the essentials needed to understand the purpose of a budget, how to get started creating a budget, and what types of items go into a budget. Participants will learn internal control policies and procedures that can be used to assist any organization in fulfilling one of its most important missions - being a good steward of donor funds.  

Financial Operations: The big picture 
Presented by Kelly Hunter, CPA
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the financial operations within a nonprofit organization. Topics include the importance of creating a budget, specific accounting standards related to nonprofit financial reporting, services that an outside CPA can provide to assist the organization in reporting to the public (audit, review, compilation or preparation services), as well as other financial topics pertinent to arts and cultural organizations.

Reporting Requirements: What do your reports say about your organization?
Presented by Kathy Ploch, CPA
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Workshop participants will learn about Federal and state reporting requirements including IRS disclosure requirements, Form 990 basics, tracking lobbying expenses, employment taxes, and unrelated business taxable items (UBTI). Learn about cash and in-kind donation acknowledgement requirements and adhering to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 

For more information, contact Amy Gibbs at 713.527.9330 ex. 122 or amy@haatx.com.

THE INSTRUCTORS

Kathy Ploch is a CPA and the Entrepreneurial Services Department Manager at Harper & Pearson Company, P.C. She has been in public accounting preparing all types of tax returns for over 30 years and was the Houston CPA Society’s President in 2009-2010. Kathy is currently on the Texas State Society of CPAs Board of Directors, the TSCPA Federal Tax Policy Committee, the TSCPA Relations with IRS Committee, and the AICPA IRS Advocacy & Relations Committee. She was the President of Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) in 2013 and still volunteers to help artists and arts organizations with their QuickBooks and tax needs.

Kelly J. Hunter is a Shareholder in the Audit Department of Fitts, Roberts & Co., P.C. in Houston, Texas. Kelly received his BBA in accounting from Texas State University-San Marcos and has been in the practice of public accounting for over 15 years. His experience involves audits, reviews and compilations of various commercial enterprises, not for profit organizations, governmental entities and colleges and universities. He is an active peer reviewer and serves as a team captain on several reviews of local CPA firms. Kelly is a member of the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC), the AICPA’s senior committee for compilations and reviews designated to issue pronouncements in connection with the unaudited financial statements or other unaudited financial information of nonpublic entities.  Kelly was a member of the AICPA’s PCPS Technical Issues Committee (TIC) from 2010-2013 and a member of the AICPA’s Technical Standards Subcommittee (TNS) from 2010-2013. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Houston Chapter of the TSCPA. Kelly lives in Pearland, Texas with his wife and daughter. He is actively involved in the community and spends his time away from work with his family.

For more information, contact Amy Gibbs at 713.527.9330 ex. 122 or amy@haatx.com.

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