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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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Resident Incubator Program

The Resident Incubator Program is a three-year program that builds organizational capacity for up to five emerging organizations with budgets between $50,000 and $200,000. Participants receive in-depth training and resources to address critical competencies, including clarity of mission, effective leadership, financial viability and achievable goals. Each organization also receives capacity funding of up to $15,000 per year and a private office at Houston Arts Alliance.

For more information, review past years’ guidelines (see links below) or contact Amy Gibbs at 713.527.9330 ex. 122 /



Application Has Closed
Guidelines Published: March 2016
Application Workshops: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4 p.m. & Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Application Portal Opens: Monday, April 11, 2016
Application Due: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5 p.m.
Panel Review: Tuesday, June 14 and/or Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Notification of Award: August 2016
Program Begins: October 2016

» Class of 2019 Resident Incubator Grant Guidelines
» Class of 2019 Resident Incubator Grant Application Workshop Presentation
» Class of 2019 Resident Incubator Grant Assurances Page
» Organizational Assessment Survey
» Board Matrix Template
» Organizational Life Stage Guide






  • Ancestral Films, Inc.
  • Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre
  • Buffalo Bayou ArtPark
  • Diaz Music Institute
  • Fresh Arts Coalition
  • Houston Ebony Music Society
  • Illuminations Theater with the Deaf
  • Infernal Bridegroom Productions
  • Mercury Baroque Ensemble
  • Nuestra Palabra Latino Writers Having Their Say
  • Sandra Organ Dance Company
  • Weave Dance Company
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