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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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Accelerator Grant

The Accelerator Grant strategically advances organizations from growth to maturity. It invests between $10,000 and $20,000 in growth organizations with budgets of $100,000 to $750,000 to fund the creation of a multiyear strategic plan (Phase 1 funding). Organizations may also apply for up to $20,000 in funding to implement elements of an existing board-approved strategic plan (Phase 2 funding).

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


Telling Our Story: The Accelerator + Sustainability Program

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Lessons from Ars Lyrica HoustonArt League Houston and Houston Chamber Choir

Houston Arts Alliance’s Accelerator + Sustainability programs invest in the creation and implementation of strategic plans to help grow and strengthen arts and cultural organizations. In this Peer Learning Session, you will have the opportunity to hear from leaders of grantee organizations that recently participated in the Accelerator and Sustainability programs to develop and implement a multi-year strategic plan. Presenters will share their best practices and lessons from their participation.











  • Applause Theatre Company
  • Ars Lyrica
  • Aurora Picture Show
  • Community Artists’ Collective
  • Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
  • Houston Early Music
  • Houston Women’s Caucus for Art
  • Kingwood Pops Orchestra
  • Kuumba House Inc.
  • Opera in the Heights
  • Renaissance Cultural Arts Center
  • Revels Houston Inc.
  • Sandra Organ Dance Company
  • Southwest Alternate Media Project
  • Sparacino Company Dancers
  • Talento Bilingüe de Houston
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