Cultural centers

Houston Mayor’s Office Provides Grants to Support Cultural Tourism

After the economic wreckage of the covid-19 pandemic, Houston is the state leader in supporting local arts. Dozens of small organizations like Fresh Arts and Arts Connect Houston provide resources to help introduce the financial stability necessary for artists, collectives and institutions to survive.

MOCA recently announced that 12 local artists and five non-profit organizations have received total funding of $95,000 through the Let your creativity run wild and Cities initiative grant programs. Administered by the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), the awards selection process was judged by a community of local arts advocates. Winners were chosen based on projects that will create authentic cultural experiences for locals and tourists. Projects range from a site-specific sculpture to a queer cinema series to a DJ Screw tribute program.

Now, more than ever, Houston’s seven arts districts (which include the Third and Fifth Wards) have been a top priority for local government. Through the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), Houston’s diverse cultural identity is preserved for visitors, as well as current and future Houstonians.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite grant recipients:

Flower Man

Visual artist and designer Philippe Pyle creates an 18-foot monument in tribute to Cleveland “Flower Man” Turner, a former Third Ward resident and neighborhood icon.


Flamarts “Come out and dance Houston!” combats the pandemic-induced increase in inactivity and obesity through a mobile dance program scheduled from March to July 2022.

Montrose Film Rodeo

Paul “Trey” Ferguson hosts a monthly film series titled “Montrose Movie Rodeo” which will feature queer films with the goal of connecting and empowering Houston’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Hiram Clarke Ballet

“Rising Ballerinas: A New Generation” is a new public ballet workshop at Hiram Clarke by the Academy of Rising Stars of Dance and Performing Arts will be held on June 8 at the Townwood Community Center. Young dancers ages 8 and up are invited to participate in interactive sessions and receive mentorship from upcoming Houston Ballerinas.

DJ Vis

To celebrate DJ Screw’s imprint on Houston rap culture, the Nonprofit Fucked Up HQThe second annual SCREW WEEK (South Celebrating Robert Earl Week) will take place in July 2022 with tribute panels and performances, a freestyle contest, and more.

Further information on the next round of grants is available via the HAA website.