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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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tertiary image, Houston’s funding platform for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, empowers you to crowdfund for creative projects. Invite donors to contribute directly to the programs that are most engaging and captivating to them!

This National Day of Giving / #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, November 28, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m., CST), every dollar given to projects on will go further with matching funds. With support from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, an additional $1.00 donation will be applied for every $1.00 gifted on A total of $10,000 in matching support will be available, while supply last, to posted projects and programs located within the City of Houston.

Submit your project—no later than 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2017—in order for your project to go live on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and be eligible for a match. (We encourage your organization to participate in #GivingTuesday even if you miss this deadline!)

Please note:

- Only projects and programs located within the City of Houston are eligible for matching funds.
- Nonprofits may procure a maximum of $250 in matching funds on each project, per gift and per donor.
- Only one (1) posted project will be eligible for matching funds, per nonprofit.

Project Submission Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
National Day of Giving / #GivingTuesday: Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

For more information, contact ​Gulara Alakbarova at 713.527.9330 ex. 117 or



  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 arts and cultural organizations in existence for a minimum of one year (at the time of posting) are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible nonprofits must be located within the 12 county Greater Houston area, including: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties.
  • projects may request up to $10,000 per posting; nonprofits may post up to three projects at a time.
  • projects may fundraise for up to 90 days, retaining all funds and/or matching funds collected up to $10,000.



Have a look at Greater Houston's current projects and make a gift today!

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) operates and maintains the Houston section of the website and collects donations directly from donors. From the gross revenues processed through / Houston, 3.75% of each donation is paid to Arts and Science Council — Charlotte Mecklenburg, Inc. as royalties for the use of software and intellectual property, and 3.25% of each donation is collected by HAA to cover its costs to administer the program locally.




This previously recorded webinar covers the basics of how to set up a account, post a project and promote yourself on the site. 

» Download the presentation


Below you can find the Houston Marketing Toolkit, inclusive of best practices, tips and instructions to help you get your project funded!

» Download the complete Marketing Toolkit
» Startup Guide
» Promoting Your Project



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