Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs MOCA develops policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the commu MOCA is a resource for the community. It implements the City's Arts and Cultural Plan with a vision to foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors.

It highlights the local artist workforce through exhibitions in historic City Hall and oversees contracts for grants and cultural services and the City's Civic Art Program. MOCA facilitates temporary art, art donations to the City Collection, community murals and special projects.

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#ICYMI: Earlier this year, the Pilot Dance Project presented “Tether." Tether is an original evening-length, outdoor dan...
09/01/2021

#ICYMI: Earlier this year, the Pilot Dance Project presented “Tether." Tether is an original evening-length, outdoor dance work choreographed by Houston-based artist Ashley Horn.

Interested in getting a City grant? Learn more at https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/funding-and-services/grant-opportunities.

Funded by our office thru @Houston Arts Alliance #HouArt #HoustonDance The Pilot Dance Project

#ICYMI: Earlier this year, the Pilot Dance Project presented “Tether." Tether is an original evening-length, outdoor dance work choreographed by Houston-based artist Ashley Horn.

Interested in getting a City grant? Learn more at https://www.houstonartsalliance.com/funding-and-services/grant-opportunities.

Funded by our office thru @Houston Arts Alliance #HouArt #HoustonDance The Pilot Dance Project

Houston Celebrates the 'Largest One-Time' Art Acquisition at Houston Airports!! SEVENTY FOUR fresh works of art are head...
08/23/2021

Houston Celebrates the 'Largest One-Time' Art Acquisition at
Houston Airports!!

SEVENTY FOUR fresh works of art are headed our way to be installed at Houston’s award-winning, four-star George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport

“Art helps to define a city, and this is an important investment in our creative community,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
“This is the largest number of artworks the City has acquired, at one time, in its history, and, we will explore future opportunities to add artwork from Houston artists into the Civic Art Collection at Houston Airports.”

The selection of these 74 artworks underwent one of the most competitive processes to date. Eligibility for this opportunity was opened to include artists across the state to represent the diverse creative communities active in Houston and in Texas.

Included in this purchase are 2-D and 3-D works from renowned Texas artists like Dorothy Hood, Jesús Moroles, Mel Chin, and Bert L. Long, Jr. Additionally, artwork from local legends like Jesse Lott, Susan Budge, Gael Stack and Orna Feinstein are on the purchase list as well.

Houston’s Civic Art Collection is also soon to enjoy new artwork from Texas artists on the rise: Joyce Lin, Farima Fooladi, Mitch Stevenson, and Julia Barbosa Landois, all active in Houston, and from notable names across Texas: Letitia Huckaby, Adrian Esparza, and Ling-lin Ku, among others.

Full release:
https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/20210823.html

#houcityart #HoustonArtists #publicart

The Rice Design Alliancegn took a good look the Art League Houston-led public art initiative, Insta11ations.“There’s rea...
08/19/2021
Insta11ations: Public Art, Engagement, and Possibility | Rice Design Alliance

The Rice Design Alliancegn took a good look the Art League Houston-led public art initiative, Insta11ations.

“There’s really great potential for public artworks to be sources of healing and justice and play and a foundation of joy in communities,” said Sophie Asakura, Public Art Manager of Art League Houston.

We could not have said it better ourselves!

Congratulations to all of the Insta11ations artists and to the communities who have welcomed their work into Houston's neighborhoods.

For more on each of the 11 public art installations:
https://insta11ations.com/artists/

#houcityart #publicart #HoustonArtists #temporaryart #houstonneighborhoods

Submitted by michaelmcfadden on Wed, 08/18/2021 - 07:00 Vargas_Bule_installation_1.jpg "Rethinking Your Neighborhood" by Violette Bule. Photo by Briana Vargas. Courtesy Insta11ations. In Irvington Park, modular objects lay strewn across the lawn, baking in the Houston sun. A series of seats, bookshe...

Museums & Theaters are among the many organizations that have committed to being #HoustonClean so that you don't have to...
08/18/2021
Houston Clean

Museums & Theaters are among the many organizations that have committed to being #HoustonClean so that you don't have to worry when you mask up and return 😷🌡🧼
#TakeYourBestShot
See what they've committed to:

We pledge to maintain the highest standards of public safety and health across our city, both for our community and all of our visiting guests. We pledge to research, curate and implement the most medically effective sanitation and social distancing measures available for the health of our patrons.....

Hi! I’m Abbie, I’ve been interning with MOCA for the past two months and I’ve really enjoyed my time here! This departme...
08/13/2021

Hi! I’m Abbie, I’ve been interning with MOCA for the past two months and I’ve really enjoyed my time here! This department may be small, but the work they get done is inspiring and the people even more so. I’ve been able to work on several different projects and I feel like I’ve learned so much about how city projects are developed and completed and the cooperation of each department that is so necessary. My appreciation for public art and the diversity of art in Houston has grown as well. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and it’s made me look forward to working for the people of this city in the future!

Hi! I’m Abbie, I’ve been interning with MOCA for the past two months and I’ve really enjoyed my time here! This department may be small, but the work they get done is inspiring and the people even more so. I’ve been able to work on several different projects and I feel like I’ve learned so much about how city projects are developed and completed and the cooperation of each department that is so necessary. My appreciation for public art and the diversity of art in Houston has grown as well. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and it’s made me look forward to working for the people of this city in the future!

MOCA Awards $30,000 to Digitally Innovative Arts and Cultural Works! 🌟We are awarding 12 individuals and nonprofit organ...
08/12/2021

MOCA Awards $30,000 to Digitally Innovative Arts and Cultural Works! 🌟
We are awarding 12 individuals and nonprofit organizations that have reimagined their work in the digital realm.

"The grants will provide a new opportunity for innovation that will open Houston's vibrant arts and cultural community to a global audience,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The City will continue investing in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.

Awards:
1. Outdoor Duos By Jahrel Pickens
2. Occam XVII: Ground/Water By Austin Lewellen
3. 610 Composer Showcase By Craig Hauschildt
4. Houston Brass Band Presents: A Midsummer Night's Stream
5. Secret Lies of the Gossip Teen: A Web Series By Jeana Magallon
6. Storytime With Silambam Houston
7. A Guide to Black Houston By Lindsay Gary
8. Major Marshall Taylor Mural By Melissa Aytenfisu
9. Muse and the Amused By Vonetta Jenkins
10. Musical Storytime: Enriching Houston's Diverse Families By Ars Lyrica Houston
11. From the Cave By Erica Lee
12. Houston Chamber Choir "With One Accord" Podcast Series

FULL RELEASE: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/communications.html

MOCA Awards $30,000 to Digitally Innovative Arts and Cultural Works! 🌟
We are awarding 12 individuals and nonprofit organizations that have reimagined their work in the digital realm.

"The grants will provide a new opportunity for innovation that will open Houston's vibrant arts and cultural community to a global audience,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The City will continue investing in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.

Awards:
1. Outdoor Duos By Jahrel Pickens
2. Occam XVII: Ground/Water By Austin Lewellen
3. 610 Composer Showcase By Craig Hauschildt
4. Houston Brass Band Presents: A Midsummer Night's Stream
5. Secret Lies of the Gossip Teen: A Web Series By Jeana Magallon
6. Storytime With Silambam Houston
7. A Guide to Black Houston By Lindsay Gary
8. Major Marshall Taylor Mural By Melissa Aytenfisu
9. Muse and the Amused By Vonetta Jenkins
10. Musical Storytime: Enriching Houston's Diverse Families By Ars Lyrica Houston
11. From the Cave By Erica Lee
12. Houston Chamber Choir "With One Accord" Podcast Series

FULL RELEASE: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/communications.html

CALLING ALL YOUTH POETS 📣📣 Apply by September 26! #YouthPoetLaureate Writers in the Schools (WITS)
08/10/2021

CALLING ALL YOUTH POETS 📣📣 Apply by September 26! #YouthPoetLaureate Writers in the Schools (WITS)

CALLING ALL YOUTH POETS 📣📣 Apply by September 26! #YouthPoetLaureate Writers in the Schools (WITS)

2022* grants are open! 📣📣 Houston Arts Alliance
08/09/2021

2022* grants are open! 📣📣 Houston Arts Alliance

2022* grants are open! 📣📣 Houston Arts Alliance

Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted on behalf of the City of Houston a statue dedicated to America’s 36th President L...
08/06/2021

Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted on behalf of the City of Houston a statue dedicated to America’s 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson and an additional Memorial to the astronauts who perished in testing the Apollo I module in 1967.

The monument design team was comprised of renowned sculptor Chas Fagan, who created the 8’ bronze statue of President Johnson, and Gensler Architect, led by Sharon Steinberg and C.K. Pang! #HoustonArt #HouCityArt

The Oracle Tree forecasts a great future for these interns 😎Thanks Abbie, Jay, and Kaydence for your hard work this summ...
08/05/2021

The Oracle Tree forecasts a great future for these interns 😎
Thanks Abbie, Jay, and Kaydence for your hard work this summer! #HoustonArt #PublicArt

📸: "Sounds of Tomorrow - The Oracle Tree" by artist Lina Dib at Exploration Green in District E. Part of insta11ations by Art League Houston and our office. Learn more at insta11ations.com!

The Oracle Tree forecasts a great future for these interns 😎
Thanks Abbie, Jay, and Kaydence for your hard work this summer! #HoustonArt #PublicArt

📸: "Sounds of Tomorrow - The Oracle Tree" by artist Lina Dib at Exploration Green in District E. Part of insta11ations by Art League Houston and our office. Learn more at insta11ations.com!

08/04/2021

🎵Reappointed and it feels so good! 🎵 Houston Arts Alliance

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08/03/2021

Timeline Photos

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Our webpage is updated with a map of the SEVEN cultural districts! Check it out! 👇👇 Arts District Houston Midtown Housto...
07/29/2021
Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

Our webpage is updated with a map of the SEVEN cultural districts! Check it out! 👇👇 Arts District Houston Midtown Houston Houston Museum District Houston's Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation Project Row Houses Theater District Houston East End Houston

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) develops policies and initiatives that foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors.

This Thursday and Friday! ⬇⬇
07/26/2021

This Thursday and Friday! ⬇⬇

As July comes to a close, we want to invite you to our upcoming Disability Unity and Pride Celebration (DUPC) Thursday and Friday July 29th and 30th. The program will start at 6:30pm each evening and will be streamed live on the Houston MOPD page at Facebook.com/HoustonMOPD

This year's theme is Lifelines: The Love, Art and Advocacy that saves our lives. DUPC is our annual event of art and advocacy which celebrates disability culture, pride and the undying activism of disabled people which coincides with the anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act. Each night will feature performances by artists with disabilities and remarks from special guests. Mayor Sylvester Turner will also be presenting the 2021 Mayor’s Champion of Inclusion Awards on Friday July 30th.

We are very proud of this program and hope you will join in and celebrate Disability Pride Month with us!

MOCA Awards $40,000 to Projects Promoting Tourism and Resilience!🌟#HoustonArt “I am thrilled to see these artistic activ...
07/23/2021

MOCA Awards $40,000 to Projects Promoting Tourism and Resilience!🌟
#HoustonArt

“I am thrilled to see these artistic activations that highlight Houston neighborhoods as cultural destinations and promote resilience awareness,” said MOCA Director Necole S. Irvin. “I congratulate all award recipients as they embark on their projects and thank them for their dedication to the arts and cultural vitality of Houston.”

Individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in applying for the next cycle of the “City’s Initiative” grant program may do so online by July 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

The following projects are receiving support:
Trae Day
Trae Day is a weekend of free activities for the community, hosted and led by artist and philanthropist Trae Tha Truth. Trae Day 2021 will occur at the AVENA Stadium on July 24.

Da Camera of Houston
In August, DACAMERA presents HOUSTON SUMMERJAZZ. This marks DACAMERA’s return to the downtown Theater District after an 18 month absence due to the pandemic. The festival celebrates jazz with safe, socially-distant concerts at Wortham Theater Center’s Brown Theater that will also be streamed online. Featuring legendary vocalist Dianne Reeves on August 20 at 8PM, Dafnis Prieto’s Grammy-winning Latin jazz big band on August 21 at 8PM and star trumpeter Marquis Hill on August 22, at 3PM. DACAMERA will also celebrate Houston talent with free downtown performances throughout the weekend. A marketing campaign will reach local, regional, and national audiences.

Community Music Center Houston
The center’s Conrad Johnson Orchestra will host a concert tribute to the late Nelson Mills III, showcasing some of the 50 original big band jazz tunes that he composed. The concert will take place at Emancipation Park in the Third Ward Cultural District.

Miriam Patrick
In an effort to support the mental state of Houston, artist Miriam Patrick will present community events at Bisong Gallery, Third Ward Chess Park, and iAm Collective that promote art as a cathartic option to deal with drastic events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and major natural disasters.

In 2021, the “City’s Initiative” grant program has awarded a total of nearly $110,000 to 11 grantees. To see upcoming events from previous or the latest 2021 grantees, visit the frequently updated Cultural Events Calendar.

FULL RELEASE: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/communications.html

07/19/2021
Complete Communities Mini Murals!

Happy #MiniMuralMonday! Check out this video on Mini Murals (with UP Art Studio) in Houston Complete Communities Acres Homes, Near Northside, Third Ward, Second Ward, and Gulfton!

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Mayor Turner Invites Proposals for National Creative Placemaking Grant✨ #HTown #ourtown The National Endowment for the A...
07/16/2021

Mayor Turner Invites Proposals for National Creative Placemaking Grant✨ #HTown #ourtown

The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

To be considered for endorsement, applicants should submit their concepts with confirmed artists and partners no later than July 22, 2021 to [email protected].

Applicants should consult the Our Town grant program website, which includes guidance and resources including case studies for developing successful projects: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

FULL RELEASE will be posted: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/communications.html.
📸: Project Row Houses, photo by Peter Molick.

Mayor Turner Invites Proposals for National Creative Placemaking Grant✨ #HTown #ourtown

The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

To be considered for endorsement, applicants should submit their concepts with confirmed artists and partners no later than July 22, 2021 to [email protected].

Applicants should consult the Our Town grant program website, which includes guidance and resources including case studies for developing successful projects: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

FULL RELEASE will be posted: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/communications.html.
📸: Project Row Houses, photo by Peter Molick.

Conservation work has begun on the Radiant Fountains at George Bush Intercontinental Airport! These stainless steel and ...
07/15/2021

Conservation work has begun on the Radiant Fountains at George Bush Intercontinental Airport! These stainless steel and acrylic sculptures were created by land-art pioneer Dennis Oppenheim in 2011. The work was inspired by the idea of a recurring splash from a perpetually falling drop of water. We're excited to help restore these fountains to their colorful brilliance. #HouCityArt

Happy 7️⃣1️⃣3️⃣ Day! Celebrate with all the great things #HTown has to offer, including a concert with Lil Keke, Paul Wa...
07/13/2021
7 Ways to Celebrate 713 Day in Houston | 365 Houston

Happy 7️⃣1️⃣3️⃣ Day! Celebrate with all the great things #HTown has to offer, including a concert with Lil Keke, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug!

Take in what Houston has to offer and enjoy special events for 713 Day on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

MOCA awards $5,612,433 in grants to 132 arts and culture nonprofit organizations! 🔥🔥 #HoustonArt “City funding offers cr...
07/08/2021

MOCA awards $5,612,433 in grants to 132 arts and culture nonprofit organizations! 🔥🔥 #HoustonArt

“City funding offers critical support to arts and cultural institutions as well as individual artists,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Although the arts sector and artists sustained significant losses due to the global pandemic, they were still able to innovate, entertain, and bring joy and light into our lives. While economic recovery continues as vaccination levels rise, Houston recognizes art is integral to a vibrant city, and a necessary driver of our local economy.”

The funds were awarded via the Support for Organizations grant program, which supports nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects with annual arts and cultural programming that is available to Houston residents and visitors.

97 grants were awarded to existing 2020 grantees with contract extensions, totaling $1,430,038.
35 new grants were awarded to grantees through a competitive grant process, totaling $4,182,352.

The Mayor, MOCA, and the City congratulate all of this year’s City art grantee organizations and the 23 panelists of diverse skills, self-identity, and experience.

FULL RELEASE: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/20210707.html

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To any and all interested Houstonians! One of my dreams, for this Great Metropolis, is a collection of statues of famous Houstonians. Howard Hughes; Glenn McCarthy; Oveta Culp Hobby...etc. One particular great among our historical figures was the Rev. Jack Yates...a freed slave who did much to aid in Reconstruction Houston: establishment of the Antioch Baptist Church; The purchase and gifting to the city of Emancipation Park. A good friend of mine is a very talented artist...especially in portrait busts and statues. She works in Shanghai,China,but has lived, worked, and taught in Houston. Jenny Xie. Jenny has Just completed her first study for a statue of Jack Yates for Houston. Here are photos. I am hoping to find interested individuals or organizations which could come together to fund this project. Would love to interact with other interested Houstonians. Thanks, Michael Zargarov P.S. I live in China, very close to this amazing artist. I could help expedite this project.
Monolith appeared on Awty International School grounds. It's by 610 and i-10 near Ikea. Unfortunately it's private school grounds.
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VOTE RED ….SAVE THE CHILDREN
#VanessaGuillen so why is it that houston being her home town the mayor has not addressed the family.. Its sad that her hometown has not done more for her..
Yes I get so tired of seeing people with no mask. It says you can't now go in business without mask yet Kroger 1960 FM and HEB by Telge Rd I think you should fine them $1000.00 for every person found in any business and 500 hrs community service for non mask wearers
You, Sir, are the biggest of hypocrites. It's ok if BLM wants to protest and riot with no covid protection, but it's not ok to celebrate the 4th of July in person with family and friends. And as for the abominable pride celebration...since you want to "give all glory to God" (Your words at that criminal's funeral) Please read Proverbs 16:18. Nothing about you is godly in any way. But one thing is for sure. You will stand before a Holy and Righteous God on judgement day. May God have mercy on your soul.
Thank you Sir.
Until the Houston police department fires the officer who they KNOW broke my shoulder AND the other one who watched AND pay to repair my shoulder ALL COPS CAN ROT IN HELL United Airlines hanger personnel (including my 2nd white husband) Central Park Karened me for trying to get my husband to go to his neurological appointment after he was diagnosed with medically induced dementia and ran away from home. Their phone call to the police on October 8, 2017 resulted in a cop breaking my shoulder, (which is STILL BROKEN) in front of witnesses including my children and sent me to jail for 78 hours. I ALSO lost my children because of it. My now EX HUSBAND Patrick Breslin STILL works there as a mechanic WITH DEMENTIA AND THEY KNOW IT BECAUSE I PERSONALLY SENT THE DOCTOR'S DIAGNOSIS to corporate AND his direct managers.
Houston Show Choir seeks to serve our community with diversity and song. The latest "isolation video" released today is "When Love Takes Over". It is our gift to Houston.
Mayor Turner I have a question for you sir. How are you letting the chief of police go on national news speaking out against the president of the United States and insulting him. And allowing him to disobey drink orders from the Texas governor and you Mayor Turner. And allowing him to hold his office and not accountable for what he says. I just seen a news report where he is inciting a riot by all accounts by telling protesters that " His people built this country his people are not going nowhere and if we don't like it then too bad" please Mayor Turner I please plead with you give that man out of office with no benefits no pension at all. Because if he was in the service he would be put in jail and discharge from the service. He says hatred is not welcome in this city well sir he is preaching hatred and my book. This is the people's country this is the people state and this is the people's City. Bring him up on investigation take him out of the office.
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