Arts & Culture

Twenty Houston Arts Groups Are Getting More Cash to Spend

The end of summer is like Christmas for small arts groups. That’s when the Houston Arts Alliance doles out grant money.

Frame Dance
Members of Frame Dance Productions taking part in last year’s METRO DANCES.
Frame Dance
Last year’s performance of Frame Dance Productions’ METRO DANCES.
Frame Dance
Last year’s performance of Frame Dance Productions’ METRO DANCES.

Frame Dance Productions is one of the lucky recipients of Houston Arts Alliance's Arts Project Grants. The contemporary dance group is getting $10,000 for performances next spring.

"There will be partnering, there will be solos, there will be duets, there will be trios," says Artistic Director Lydia Hance.

But it won't be in a concert hall. Instead, the dancers will be twirling, spinning and gliding inside light rail trains and on platforms of the Metro Red and Green lines. "

We'll have people standing around explaining to people what's going on because I know it might be surprising to have a bunch of dancers," says Hance, adding that she's also planning to have a live brass band in tow. The grant money will cover the cost of a specially-commissioned piece of music, rehearsal space, and costumes.

Frame Dance is one of 20 small arts organizations who recently received an Arts Project Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Other awardees include a Colombian folk ballet group and film fest about Palestinian issues. The panel takes four things into consideration when choosing the recipients, explains Richard Graber, HAA's Director of Grants and Capacity Building. "They look critically at the artistic and cultural merit, the administrative ability, the cultural tourism impact, and the audience development and community outreach," he says.

This year, HAA awarded nearly $193,000 to smaller arts organizations. Most of their money comes from hotel occupancy taxes, which were down about 3% in the second quarter of this year.

For a full list of the grant awardees, click here.

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