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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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Additional Resources


» Actors Fund of America (For professional in the performing arts and entertainment)
» Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. (For visual artists)
» American Federation of Musicians: Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund (For AFM members)
» American Federation of Musicians: Disaster Relief Fund (For AFM musicians)
» American Society of Journalists & Authors: Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (For journalists and authors)
» Authors League Fund (For writers)
» Blues Foundation HART Fund (For Blues musicians)
» Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources (For craft artists)
» The Dancers' Resource (For dancers)
» Foundation for Contemporary Arts (For contemporary or experimental artists)
» The Haven Foundation (For freelance artists)
» Joan Mitchell Foundation (For visual artists)
» Mayer Foundation (For any disaster victim)
» Pollock-Krasner Foundation (For visual artists)
» Studio Protector: The Artist’s Guide to Emergencies (For all artists)
» Directors Guild Foundation (For DGA members)
» Pen America (For writers)
» Musicares (For musicians)
» Jazz Foundation of America (For jazz musicians) 


» American Institute for Conservation - Collections Emergency Response Team (For cultural institutions)
» ArtsReady (For cultural organizations)
» Federal Emergency Management Association (For all disaster victims)
» Heritage Emergency National Task Force (For organizations impacted by disaster)


PEER LEARNING SESSION: Frame Dance Productions, Shunya Theatre, Urban Souls Dance Company (7.2.14)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Aurora Picture Show, Mercury, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (4.4.14)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, FrenetiCore, Rothko Chapel (3.21.14)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Apollo Chamber Players, Musiqa, QFest (2.20.14)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Residenct Incubator Program, Class of 2013 (4.2.13)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Pre-Incubator Program, Class of 2013 (2.21.13)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Hope Stone Inc., MECA, HITS (1.24.13)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: Aurora Picture Show, Houston Center for Photography (9.27.12)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: ArtBridge, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (6.28.12)

PEER LEARNING SESSION: City ArtWorks, Mercury - The Orchestra Redefined (4.5.12)

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