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 community, attract visitors and leverage private investment.

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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Write to your Congressional leaders & tell them to support a COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year. Additio...
11/19/2020

Write to your Congressional leaders & tell them to support a COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year. Additionally, #MaskUpHou, #SocialDistance, and #StaySafe during the holidays. 😷⬅️6️⃣➡️😷

Creative workers cannot get back to work unless the government steps in to help, and that starts with distributing Covid relief.

You can take two minutes to use this customizable e-alert to write to your Congressional leaders & tell them to support a COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year: https://www.theperformingartsalliance.org/issues/voter-voice/?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f78143%2frespond.

Mayor Turner Celebrates Native American Heritage Month by Announcing the Launch of the Virtual Southern Plains Museum an...
11/18/2020

Mayor Turner Celebrates Native American Heritage Month by Announcing the Launch of the Virtual Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center in Houston 🎉

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the launch of The Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center (SPMCC). The SPMCC is the first virtual Native American Indian museum and cultural center in Houston.

"Earlier this year, City Council voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Houstonians can now celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about indigenous histories through the Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "With the coronavirus pandemic still spreading in our community, this virtual experience will allow families to learn about Indigenous Peoples from the comfort and safety of their own home."

According to the 2010 Census, Houston and its surrounding area have about 68,000 Native Americans from all Nations. Founder, curator, and president of the Southern Apache Museum Chance L. Landry (Lipan Apache) worked with INVI LLC, a Virtual Architecture firm, that has been recognized for creating the renowned #ArtforJustice Virtual Museum.

"Mayor Sylvester Turner will go down in history as the Mayor who finally recognized the Indigenous community in Houston, and the Native American Indian community will always remain grateful for the recognition," said Chance Landry, founder of the Southern Apache Museum. "Our Mayor will lead us out of the shadows into the scope of visibility in this great city of ours."

"We are very honored for the opportunity to participate in this amazing project," said Giangtien Nguyen and Afreen Ali, co-founders of INVI. "We have learned so much about the stories and history of Native Americans since working with Chance Landry and the Native American community. We hope that through the virtual platform, their voices can reach many people globally."

The public may access the virtual cultural center by visiting http://www.apachemuseum.org/southern-plains-museum-and-cultural-center.html.
#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth2020 #indigenousart #VirtualMuseums

11/17/2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner

This time last week, we broke ground for the new Alief Community Center! 👷‍♀️👷👷‍♂️Not only will this be a first of its kind facility for the City, it will be a destination for the arts and cultural expression with three new civic art works.

We are investing nearly $800,000 in one outdoor and two indoor artworks that will be created by some of our very own Houston artists.

There will also be new places inside the building for rotating art displays by local artists or even school groups, so everyone can have the opportunity to join in making the community center as culturally vibrant as the Alief community.

Thank you Tiffany D. Thomas for your involvement in the artist selection process and we look forward to announcing the artists in the coming months! 👀👀

#ICYMI: We broke ground on the new #Alief Neighborhood Center and Park. The $54M mixed use center will accommodate the Houston Public Library, Houston Parks - HPARD, and Houston Health Department. This new facility will provide community members and visitors with the opportunity to gather and socialize, mingle and play. We are excited to be able to provide new programming and services that will meet the community needs and demands. HPARD will provide after-school and summer enrichment programs for youth, summer and after-school meals programs, sports and recreation leagues for youth and adults, as well as urban gardening and a walking trail. The Houston Health Department will provide free diabetes self-management education and many other health-related services in order to reduce and prevent chronic disease. The
Houston Library will provide access to books as well as digital resources and state of the art technology.

The Alief Neighborhood Center will also be a destination for the arts and cultural expression with three new civic art works, being specifically chosen for this center. The City of Houston, through the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, is investing nearly $800,000 in one outdoor and two indoor artworks, that will be created by some of our very own Houston artists. There will also be new places inside the building for rotating art displays by local artists or even school groups, so everyone can have an opportunity to join in making the community center as culturally vibrant as the Alief community.

Working with community members, leaders, and District F Councilmember Tiffany Thomas, we've turned a vision for the Alief Neighborhood Center into a future space where hard work and dreams can be realized.

Happy Monday! Last week's informational webinars are uploaded to the website, and there are still a few office hour slot...
11/16/2020
Home - CITY OF HOUSTON Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief Program

Happy Monday! Last week's informational webinars are uploaded to the website, and there are still a few office hour slots left with Mid-America Arts Alliance for application help. Sign up or email [email protected]! https://doodle.com/poll/zt5pmn2d9f9b74y3

City of houston Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief Program Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved $3 million for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Musicians and Venues Economic Relief Program. Funded through the Federal CARES ACT, the program will provide immediate a...

What better way to celebrate #WorldKindnessDay2020 than to nominate a Houston Hero? 💟
11/13/2020
Nominate a Houston Hero - Discovery Green, Houston, Texas

What better way to celebrate #WorldKindnessDay2020 than to nominate a Houston Hero? 💟

Houstonians are invited to nominate individuals who contribute to life in our community, but don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

Join our fabulous Leslie Contreras Schwartz this Saturday at 11 am to write & share! 📖✏️
11/12/2020

Join our fabulous Leslie Contreras Schwartz this Saturday at 11 am to write & share! 📖✏️

Come write with us this Saturday! Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Houston Public Library

*Please note corrected time: 11 a.m.

Mid-America Arts Alliance
11/10/2020

Mid-America Arts Alliance

Today, we will host two webinars for the Houston CARES About Music grants—10 a.m. for Houston music venues and 3 p.m. for Houston-based musicians.

Musicians are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 and music venues are eligible for grants of up to $100,000 from Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Find the Zoom links in the events section of this page or via the website: https://houstoncaresaboutmusic.org

Mark C. Austin, The Heights Theater senior talent buyer, said the fund will help not only ticketed live music venues and...
11/06/2020
KHOU 11 News

Mark C. Austin, The Heights Theater senior talent buyer, said the fund will help not only ticketed live music venues and their artists, but also musicians who play coffee shops, breweries and restaurants.

“It’s dire,” said Austin. “The need is immediate. It has been immediate. It’s a step in the right direction, and we’re very thankful for what’s happened in terms of allocating this money to this community.”

Apply at HoustonCaresAboutMusic.org and tag your musicians and venues ❤️ #HoustonCARESAboutMusic #HoustonMOCACares #ArtsRelief

Musicians will be eligible for up to $5,000. Music venues can get up to $50,000 or $100,000, depending on their budget size.

‼️‼️MAYOR TURNER ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO HELP THE MUSIC SECTOR‼️‼️Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today that applicati...
11/04/2020
Home - CITY OF HOUSTON Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief Program

‼️‼️MAYOR TURNER ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO HELP THE MUSIC SECTOR‼️‼️

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today that applications for the City of Houston’s Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief Program are now being accepted.

The program, which is funded with $3 million of the City's allocated CARES Act 2020 funds, will provide immediate and short-term grant assistance to musicians and music venues that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on November 25, and must be completed online at www.HoustonCaresAboutMusic.org. APPLY TODAY!

Musicians will be eligible for up to $5,000 in relief funding, and music venues will be eligible for up to $50,000 or $100,000, depending on budget size.

"Houston's musicians, music venues and iconic performance spaces are a big part of our city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “They were delivering great live music before the pandemic and we want them to be able to do that again, as soon as they can, and by being safe. This will not be our only effort for this important segment of Houston’s cultural life.”

MOCA has tapped Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) to administer the program. MAAA will host office hours and zoom webinars to assist with applications.
#HoustonCARESAboutMusic #HoustonMOCACares #ArtsRelief #COVID19Relief

Full press release here: https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/20201104.html

City of houston Musicians and Music Venues Economic Relief Program Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved $3 million for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Musicians and Venues Economic Relief Program. Funded through the Federal CARES ACT, the program will provide immediate a...

Immense thanks to HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON for celebrating #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! According to https://native-lan...
11/03/2020

Immense thanks to HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON for celebrating #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth!

According to https://native-land.ca/, City Hall is on Karankawa, Sana, Atakapa-Ishak, and Coahuiltecan lands.
There is no better time to ask: whose land am I on?

Join us in celebration of #IndigenousHeritageMonth as we feature artists, scholars, and films that pay tribute to Indigenous Peoples' ancestry and traditions worldwide. To learn more and RSVP, visit https://hmh.org/events/.

¡Celebrando Día de los Muertos! ❤️🖤💜🧡
11/02/2020

¡Celebrando Día de los Muertos! ❤️🖤💜🧡

In celebration of Día de los Muertos, enjoy these beautiful and modern depictions of La Catrina from Meeting of Styles!

Did you know?
The symbol of La Catrina can be traced back to Mictēcacihuātl, the queen of the Aztec underworld of Chicunamictlan, who is said to have watched over the bones of the dead.

🎨 Artist: Multiple
📍 Location: Houston, TX
🗂 Project by: Pilot One+ UP Art Studio
📅 Year : 2016
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#dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #mexico #art #mexicanart #diademuertos #lacatrina #meetingofstyles #upartstudio #civicpride through #civicart #houston #streetcurator #streetcuratorhou #murals #houston #streetart

Our interns were #WorkFromHome this year, but they stopped by City Hall to see Council chambers! It seemed a little lone...
10/30/2020

Our interns were #WorkFromHome this year, but they stopped by City Hall to see Council chambers! It seemed a little lonely without our Mayor Sylvester Turner, so with a little Photoshop magic... #fridayfun 🤪
On our interns: Charity Furr and Edgar Sanchez were fantastic! Charity researched busking, and Edgar helped to create a bilingual COVID-19 impact survey on artists. The survey results, along with COVID-19 updates and resources from our office, are on our website! https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/covid-resources.html

Join us at the monthly virtual Arts Town Hall TODAY from 2-3 pm central! This event is hosted by a collective of Houston...
10/29/2020
Arts Town Hall — Houston Arts Alliance

Join us at the monthly virtual Arts Town Hall TODAY from 2-3 pm central! This event is hosted by a collective of Houston organizations as a way to foster connections, empower the arts community, and learn about your experiences and needs during the pandemic. Register today at haatx.com/ArtsTownHall. #HAATX #ArtsAreEssential

HAA is part of a collective of local Houston-area arts organizations providing support to the arts community during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the last Thursday of every month from 2-3pm, the collective will host a virtual Arts Town Hall event.

Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art call for participation due November 23rd...
10/28/2020
Peter C. Marzio Award · ICAA/MFAH

Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art call for participation due November 23rd!

A prize of $2,500 will be granted to a graduate student, and $1,000 to an undergraduate student!

Explore over 8,000 Documents of 20th and 21st⁠-⁠century art in Latin America, the Caribbean, and among US Latino communities

🎵I'm Texas forever, like Bun B🎵 -BeyoncéCome join us and Texas Music Office tonight at 6pm to learn about the Music Frie...
10/26/2020

🎵I'm Texas forever, like Bun B🎵 -Beyoncé
Come join us and Texas Music Office tonight at 6pm to learn about the Music Friendly designation!
Join at this link: https://fb.me/e/1RKnS4Eec

Houston and music go together like Mayor Sylvester Turner and Trae Tha Truth! 😜 #MaskUpHou #FriendshipGoalsLearn about t...
10/22/2020

Houston and music go together like Mayor Sylvester Turner and Trae Tha Truth! 😜 #MaskUpHou #FriendshipGoals

Learn about the *new* Music Friendly Community designation with us and the Texas Music Office October 26 at 6 pm!
RSVP here: https://fb.me/e/1RKnS4Eec

Fresh Arts podcast's first episode is out! 🔥 A 1-hour, conversational podcast for artists that aims to provide different...
10/16/2020
Fresh Arts Podcast

Fresh Arts podcast's first episode is out! 🔥 A 1-hour, conversational podcast for artists that aims to provide different viewpoints to different issues relevant to the contemporary creative’s career development by simply asking: should I or shouldn’t I? #HoustonArtists #HoustonArt

A 1-hour, conversational podcast for artists that aims to provide different viewpoints to different issues relevant to the contemporary creative’s career development by simply asking: should I or shouldn’t I? Artists of the Houston community from all walks of life and practices provide their ins...

10/15/2020
East End Street Fest: Live from Home - Oct 17, 2020

Finish off the last of #HispanicHeritageMonth2020 with East End Street Fest this weekend from the comforts of your home! 💃💃

On October 17, 2020, the East End Street Fest: Live from Home will be back to entertain fans from the comfort of their homes.

Look who stopped by City Hall to drop off ArtHouston Magazine  for City employees! Thank you John Bernhard 😄😄 Can't wait...
10/14/2020

Look who stopped by City Hall to drop off ArtHouston Magazine for City employees! Thank you John Bernhard 😄😄 Can't wait to check out their latest issue! #VisitCityHallHou #Houston #HoustonArt

10/13/2020
Houston Public Library

Houston Poet Laureate, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, reads from her forthcoming collection, BLACK DOVE / PALOMA NEGRA (FlowerSong Press, 2020).
Leslie is also excited to announce that she is a faculty member with The Alma College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a new low-residency graduate degree program in Alma, Michigan. ¡Viva la cultura! #HispanicHeritageMonth2020

Houston Poet Laureate, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, reads from her forthcoming collection, BLACK DOVE / PALOMA NEGRA (FlowerSong Press, 2020).

Leslie is also excited to announce that she is a faculty member with The Alma College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a new low-residency graduate degree program in Alma, Michigan. ¡Viva la cultura!

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020!
10/12/2020

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020!

The City of Houston celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day today by welcoming members of the Aztec Dance Group to the steps of City Hall. The City of Houston recognizes and values the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance and contributions made to this community by all our region’s past and present Indigenous Peoples.

Houston City Council recently passed a resolution recognizing the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples Day” and today, I declared October 12, 2020 as Indigenous People’s Day in Houston. Thank you to Councilmember Robert Gallegos for leading this effort that recognizes our City’s American Indian and Indigenous Community.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020 #Indigenous #americanindian

Shout out to UP Art Studio, a Latino creative business founded in 2012 by Noah and Elia Quiles, a husband and wife team ...
10/08/2020

Shout out to UP Art Studio, a Latino creative business founded in 2012 by Noah and Elia Quiles, a husband and wife team passionate about public art! In addition to helping to create our #MiniMuralsHou around town and employing artists, they've been busy doing great work this year, which includes: multiple Census murals, Downtown's #WindowWorks, and launching the HoustonMuralMap.com website! Houston's mural landscape is marked by their hard work! 💪💪 #HispanicHeritageMonth #HHM2020

Artists, musicians and creative workers:  Do you need help with rental assistance? Tenant applications are still being a...
10/07/2020
BakerRipley COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Artists, musicians and creative workers:
Do you need help with rental assistance? Tenant applications are still being accepted. APPLY today! #COVID19 #RentalAssistance

BakerRipley is administering COVID-19 Rental Assistance programs for Harris County and the City of Houston to provide rental assistance for eligible residents impacted by COVID-19. BakerRipley, through $25 million in funding provided by Harris County and $20 million in funding provided by the City o...

🔥🔥HOUSTON ARTIST OPPORTUNITY🔥🔥Know a friend that could apply? Tag them! #ArtsRelief #ArtsAreEssential
10/06/2020

🔥🔥HOUSTON ARTIST OPPORTUNITY🔥🔥
Know a friend that could apply? Tag them! #ArtsRelief #ArtsAreEssential

REMINDER TO #artists! Application for the Houston Artadia Awards is now open through November 1! Free to apply and for all visual artists living and working within Harris County for a minimum of two years. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of prominent curators. Two artists will be selected to receive $10,000 each in unrestricted funds. Visit the link in bio for more information on eligibility and to apply!
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Director of Cultural Affairs Debbie McNulty Cultural Tourism Officer Necole Irvin

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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MOCA 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 provides funding and cultural services through a Grant Program and the City's Civic Art Program and facilitates temporary art, community murals and special projects.


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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.
commission opportunity for Houston muralists and sculptors. Deadline May 8. Please apply!