Houston Arts Alliance to Oversee Initiative to Help Harvey-ImpactedArts & Cultural Community

Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is continuing of a series of workshops to foster disaster resilience for arts, cultural, and historical organizations in the Greater Houston area. Led by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, HAA’s workshops will help studios, galleries, theatres, as well as independent visual and performing artists, learn how to be more ready and resilient for the next disaster.

A variety of topics critical to artists’ livelihoods will be covered: Managing Risk & Studio Safety, Disaster Preparedness, Documenting the Before & After, Safe Storage, Insurance Coverage, and more. Resources and information about grant opportunities will be covered, and attendees will also learn how to connect with city, state, and national disaster resources, such as FEMA.



Tuesday October 9th, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm
UH Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd Houston, TX 77058

Wednesday October 10th, 2018 10:00am-1:00pm
Sugar Land City Hall
Cane Room – First Floor 2700 Town Center Blvd North Sugar Land, TX 77479

Thursday October 11th, 2018 10:00am-1:00pm Houston Arts Alliance Gallery 3201 Allen Parkway Houston, TX 77019

Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 4:30pm-7:30pm Splendora Gardens 26041 Midline Rd Cleveland, TX 77328

For Independent Artists

For Arts, Cultural, & Historical Organizations

There is no charge to attend the workshops, but space is limited. Attendees should reserve their spot by registering at: http://www.houstonartsalliance.com/ready.

“The greater Houston cultural community is vital to the region’s economy and to its quality of life. The important work of building resilience will help prevent the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey from happening all over again when the next disaster hits,” said Philamena Baird, Chairman of the Board of the Houston Arts Alliance.

Wednesday October 24th, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm Houston Arts Alliance Gallery 3201 Allen Parkway Houston, TX 77019


Despite lessons learned after Hurricane Harvey, the vast majority of artists and arts and culture organizations in the Houston area remain unprepared for the next disaster. After Harvey, 71 arts and culture nonprofits reported hurricane-related impact totaling more than $56 million. One year after the storm, almost all of them are still experiencing an earned revenue crisis due to lost ticket sales and cancelled programs. It is crucial for our community to prepare for future disasters in order to minimize damage to Houston’s robust cultural economy

The cultural sector of the greater Houston region drives $579.4 million in spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $538 million in event-related spending by their audiences totaling an economic value of about $1.1 billion. Culture supports 26,000 full-time jobs, generates $801.6 million in household income locally, and delivers $119.3 million in local and state government revenue. At this scale, creating resilience is an economic imperative, as well as a moral one—and the Houston Arts Alliance is leading a new phase of work to ensure that Houston’s arts and culture organizations are ready and resilient when the next disaster hits. The program is funded in part by The Rebuild Texas Fund, Performing Arts Readiness, Southwest Airlines, Zinc, & Westfield Insurance Foundation, in addition to private donations.


Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a local arts and culture agency that enhances the quality of life in Houston by advancing the arts, the working lives of artists, and the operations of cultural nonprofits. We help artists and arts organizations create bold work; we collect and disseminate data about the arts; we connect communities to creative experiences; and we incubate innovation. The Houston Arts Alliance executes special projects to meet the needs of the arts community, as needs arise. HAA also runs two primary programs: Grants + Capacity Building and Civic Art + Design, which includes the City of Houston’s public art and arts grants initiatives.