City of Houston Awards Second Round of 2019 Let Creativity Happen! Arts Grants

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs today announced 22 recipients of the quarterly Let Creativity Happen! competitive grants for artists projects.

A total of $55,000 – 22 grants of $2,500 each – was awarded to 37 artists and three organizations.

Funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts, Let Creativity Happen! is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with the Houston Arts Alliance.

Artist Michael Golden will highlight 16 native and migratory birds with an original artwork
and accompanying text on signs at birding sites around the city.

“Our City flourishes with a wide range of arts experiences available every day,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “It reminds each of us of the value of art and artists in the success of Houston. The City is proud to invest in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.”

“The presentations are one of the most exciting components of the grant program,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The projects culminate in a presentation where recipients talk about what they created, learned and have an opportunity to engage with other grant recipients. I invite everyone to join me at the next 8×8, eight artists x eight minutes. The artists will share their experience on Tuesday, June 11th at Aurora Picture Show, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Your creativity will be ignited.”

MOCA congratulates all award recipients and thanks them for their dedication and contributions to the expansive arts and cultural landscape of Houston.

To learn more about each of these grants, visit:

The next deadline for grant applications is 5:30 pm July 1.

Grant recipients: 

Recipient Project Title Artistic Discipline
B. Lauren Mercy, a film journal for the tender heart and mind. Film / Photography
Carolina Borja Zipper Merging your ducks in my row Sculptural Installation
Cressandra Thibodeaux Folk Songs of My Father Multidisciplinary Arts
Cuyler Ballenger 2 Cards Film / Video Art / Performance
Dance Houston Hey There Dance
David Politzer Power Suit Performance
Dennis Nance “Summer Casual” – Exhibition and Auxiliary Programming at the Wedge Space at HCC Southeast Visual Art
Elisabeth Swim The Secret Choir: The Rehearsal IS the Performance Music
Emily Sloan Recreational Aesthetics Studio and Social Practice
Finca Tres Robles Finca Tres Robles – Mural Visual Arts
Jeanette Joy Harris Performance Art Immersive Workshop with Guest Artist and Interdisciplinary Political Philosophy Conference Performance Art and Academic Scholarship
Jerry “Brian” Ellison Unmaskulinity project Photography / Cinematography
Josie Pickens The Love No Limit Show with Josie Pickens Writer, Speaker, Radio Host
Julia Claire Wallace Performance Art on Instagram Performance Artist, Organizer, Arts Administrator
Krista Birnbaum The Trek Public Art / Community Engagement
Michael Golden Fantastical Birding Tour of Houston Visual Arts
Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Dancing The Blue Hour Contemporary dance to live original music
Musically Inclined: A Fine Arts Company Garden City Music Festival Music
Robert D Jackson In Their Words: Student Voices on Education, Activism and Opportunity Documentary Filmmaking / Theater
Silambam Houston YUVA 2019 Dance, Music, Theater
TEATRX – A Latinx Theatre Company La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts Festival Theatre and Film
Texas Johnny Boy “Junk On My Street” Music & Visual Arts

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs develops policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors and leverage private investment. Learn more at Find fun stuff on Houston’s Cultural Events Calendar and follow @HoustonMOCA on Facebook and Instagram.