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About HAA

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a public-private initiative that invests in Houston’s arts and cultural sector, advances Houston’s reputation as an arts and culture destination, and works to elevate the quality of life for all Houstonians through arts and culture.

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Get Involved

Looking for a way to lend a hand in Houston's arts and cultural community? There are many ways to champion the arts by way of Houston's local, public-private arts agency!

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Public Engagement

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Arts & Business Council

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston (ABC) creates and expands relationships between nonprofit arts/cultural organizations and the corporate community. Focused on leadership and volunteerism, programs of the ABC build stronger support for the arts and foster a knowledge-sharing culture within the Greater Houston community.

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Civic Art + Design

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, Civic Art + Design initiates, manages and maintains civic 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 + Traditional Arts

The Folklife + Traditional Arts program focuses on promoting and presenting the lively cultural traditions of the nation’s fourth largest metropolitan area. The program works in the city’s diverse neighborhoods and communities to explore and highlight the contemporary traditions that make Houston one of the most vibrant urban landscapes in the United States.

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Houston Arts Alliance provides grants annually to over 220 arts and cultural organizations and artists through a competitive grant allocation process. As most of our funding comes from the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax, grants are awarded for the encouragement, promotion, improvement and application of the arts to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry.

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Programs + Services

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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Research to inform public policy, education, tourism and business leaders about the benefits of the arts and creative economies.

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Looking for a way to lend a hand in Houston's arts and cultural community? Become a Houston Arts Alliance Volunteer! There are many ways to become involved:

Event Volunteers
Opportunities throughout the year include various seasonal festivals, special events and art fairs. 

Business Volunteers for the Arts®
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a pro bono consulting program that connects skilled business professionals with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in need of high-level business assistance.

Civic Art Panelists + Grant Panelists
Houston Arts Alliance utilizes the peer panel process to review both civic art and grant applications. Take part!



Join Us @ Texas Contemporary Art Fair!

We need your time and energy in sharing the great work of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and its support of Houston’s arts community... consider working with us at Texas Contemporary Art Fair (TCAF)! This is a GREAT way to get involved, represent the agency and engage fellow Houstonians!

We are currently seeking staff assistance to:

  • Assist with set-up and strike;
  • Staff the HAA booth;
  • Speak with Fair attendees about HAA and, Houston’s comprehensive online events calendar; and
  • Enjoy the Fair!

Dates + Daily Shifts:

Friday, October 2, 2015

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 3 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 3 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Ready to work at Texas Contemporary Art Fair?
Contact Catherine Gonzalez at or 713.581.6133 by Tuesday, September 29, indicating which day(s) and time(s) you would like to work the booth. (All staff members should check-in 15 minutes prior to their shift for a brief orientation/training.) You will receive free access to the fair on your work day.

» For more information on TCAF, click here.

Interested in other staff volunteer opportunities with HAA? Contact Catherine Gonzalez at or 713.581.6133

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