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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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Iluminación: A Bayou Bash

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6 – 10 p.m.
Houston Makerspace, 100 Hutcheson St.

This artful urban experience began at 6 p.m. with DJ Sun’s eclectic repertoire of funk, soul, jazz, disco, early hip-hop and trip hop tunes. Shortly after, internationally renowned Houston artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola added his cutting-edge projection art against DJ Sun’s soundscape. Pablo’s remarkable time-lapse and stop motion photography of Houston’s dynamic and transformative history transmited the vibrant soul of our city, projected onto the walls of Houston Makerspace. In addition, Sharon Engelstein’s whimsical floating sculpture Whatever Floats, a massive tugboat abstracted to balloon-animal realism, made one of its final “pop-up” appearances!

While enjoying these festivities, party guests took advantage of a generous open bar featuring beverages from Deep Eddy VodkaMonkey Shoulder ScotchHendrick’s GinSt. Arnold BrewerySlimRitas and Barefoot Wine. In addition, top-tier food trucks GastroPunkNom Mi StreetThe Golden Grill and Porch Swing Desserts provided complimentary passed light bites, followed by menu items available for purchase.

Iluminación: A Bayou Bash celebrated the conclusion of Transported + Renewed, Houston Arts Alliance’s three-month major creative placemaking project. From September – November 2014 in the East End, Transported + Renewed events drew on Houstonians’ playful and artful obsession with “keeping things moving” and living in an ever-changing and transforming urban landscape.

In a city known as the energy capital of the world, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) believes there is a renewable energy source with limitless potential: creativity. Creativity is a catalyst. It sparks greater civic engagement in practical, philosophical and entertaining ways. HAA champions artists who ignite this spark. Through direct funding, creative initiatives and extraordinary partnerships, HAA is fueling a creative community of art-makers and audiences for a richly diverse 21st-century Houston. It is this creative spark that was celebrated and supported at Iluminación: A Bayou Bash.



Craig & Tatiana Massey
Eduardo Garza & Jessica Crute
Travis Torrence & Heath LaPray

Host Committee
Philamena & Arthur Baird
Diane Barber & Karen Niemeier
Alfonso Barrera-Villarreal
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Marcus Carter & Leslie Jackson
Cindy L. Clifford
Cathy Coleman
Susie & Sanford Criner
Denise DuBard
Kindel Elam
Racquel Espinoza
Debbie & Rudy Festari
Roland Garcia, Jr. & Karen Garcia
Kate & Steve Gibson
Jonathon Glus & Alton LaDay
Eric Samuel Green
Scott & Yvette Hill
Lauren C. Humphrey
Cisselon Hurd
Ashley & Curt Langley
Demetra L. Liggins
Lester Marks
Leigh McBurnett
Laura Medard
Marc Melcher & Cullen Geiselman
Craig S. Miles
Judy Nyquist
Christine Ortega
Adrian & Erin Patterson
Lauren N. Randle
Meg & Philip Rife
Anne Rodgers
Jessica Rossman
Kent Rutter
Rhonda M. Sigman & Tara Kelly
Jillian “JJ” Simmons
Trudi Smith
Stephanie Smither
John Smither
Tatiana Sorkin
Nicole J. S. Sudhindra
Thuy Tran & James Tiebout
Chantal Van Riet & Edward Rosenthal
Lea Weingarten
Fabené Welch
Carme Williams
Brandon Wuntch



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