Houston grants $11.5 million to local artists, performers, and organizations for a creative boost in 2023
Houston artists and arts organizations have received a big boost from the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) — in the form of $11.5 million in grants.
These grants will help 57 individuals, 131 arts and culture nonprofit organizations, and fiscally sponsored projects and will help fund public exhibitions, presentations, and performances in 2023, according to a city announcement.
Monies come from the Support for Organizations, Festival, and Support for Artists and Creative Individuals grant programs. Those grants provide funding that allows individuals and cultural organizations to present a diverse array of programming and performances, artistic works and compositions, and events and festivals.
These grants are funded in part by the city's hotel occupancy tax and are managed through the local arts nonprofit Houston Arts Alliance.
“This massive investment into the arts sector highlights how important the arts are to the City of Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner in a press release announcing the awards. “The arts help shape our city’s identity and we foster the creativity of our residents for the benefit of every Houstonian. I want this support for the arts to be a part of my legacy as Houston’s mayor.”
As for the lucky recipients: The individuals receiving grants are artists, dancers and composers, and organizations such as museums, theaters, cultural centers and more.
A full list of recipients is available online. Individuals and organizations who are interested in the grants must apply for the funds via a competitive two-step process.