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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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As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

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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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Special Events

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HONORARY CHAIRS  Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
& EVENT CO-CHAIRS  Regina Garcia and George Lancaster 

Cordially Invite You To
An Intimate Evening with Audra McDonald

 Minnette Boesel

Thursday, April 6, 2017

7 p.m., Reception
Dinner and a performance by Audra McDonald, featuring songs from the Great American Songbook, to follow

Benefiting Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Business Council, Capacity Building programs, and other services that directly support Greater Houston area nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Cocktail Attire
For more information, contact Fiona Cunningham at 713.581.6118 or 



Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. Gifted with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, Audra McDonald is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages.  In fact, Audra made her opera debut in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera.

In 2014 she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, Audra is the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories.  Along with her Tony’s, Audra also has two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a long list of other accolades including five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and four NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently Audra was awarded the National Medal of Arts presented by President Barak Obama.

On the concert stage, McDonald has sung with virtually every major American orchestra—including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.

From 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama, Private Practice. In 2013, her critically acclaimed performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was watched by an estimated 18.5 million people across America.


Lauren Anderson
Philamena Baird
Regina Garcia
David LaDuca
Ashley Langley
Lynda Transier


Kleibert Estrada/Hotel ZaZa
Regina Garcia/Events Gifts
David LaDuca
George Lancaster/HINES (graphic art team)
Darryl Murchison/Darryl & Co.
Ms. McDonald’s photo credit: Autumn de Wilde

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