Houston Arts Alliance

Transported + Renewed


Special One-Time Grant Opportunity

Transported + Renewed is a major three month creative placemaking project that celebrates the centennial of the Port of Houston and the inauguration of the Houston METRO East End Light Rail Line by presenting a bold mix of community-based and contemporary art projects in the city's historic East End. Creative placemaking projects help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Grantee projects should encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

A small pool of grant funds is available to Houston artists, nonprofit organizations and university departments to present performing and/or visual arts events in conjunction with the Transported + Renewed creative placemaking project occurring in the East End of Houston in fall 2014. Organizations must have been in existence for minimum of three years prior to application date.

The theme of Transported + Renewed draws on Houstonians’ playful and artful obsession with “keeping things moving” and living in an ever-changing and transforming urban landscape. The East End is the perfect part of the city to celebrate the fascination our citizens have with all forms of transport – tugs, ships, railroads, bicycles, art cars, trail rides, low riders, dragon boats, SLABs, food trucks and more – precisely because it is the city’s transport hub. Site-specific and inspired arts performances, installations, interventions and enactments that address these issues and fulfill these requirements are encouraged to apply.

This category provides financial programs that serve to: (1) establish a nationally recognized cultural environment that attracts visitors and tourists to the City of Houston; (2) meet the needs of the culturally diverse residents and visitors of Houston, and that (3) occur exclusively within the designated calendar for, and specified area of, and address the themes associated with the Transported + Renewed creative placemaking project.

Because funding for this category is City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax, the funded projects should impact tourism and the hotel and convention industry. The maximum request is $10,000 for individual artists and $15,000, for organizations. For organizations, the grant request cannot exceed 25% of the average of the two previous year’s cash. There is no matching requirement.

Application Has Closed
Guidelines Published: October 15, 2013
Application Workshop: October 28, 2013, noon and 5:30 p.m., Alliance Gallery, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125
Application Opens: October 15, 2013
Application Due: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Panel Review: December 6, 2013
Notification of Award: March 2014
Grant Orientation Workshop: TBD

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

FY14 Transported + Renewed Guidelines


Procedures for the Temporary Placement of Art on City Property
East End Map 1
East End Map 2
East End (Map of Business Properties) Trail Status
East End Rail Line Expansion