The City of Houston announces fourth round of arts grants for 2019

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is happy to announce another group of recipients of Let Creativity Happen! competitive grants.

A total of $55,000 will support 22 creative and innovative projects throughout the City of Houston.The $2,500 grants were awarded in 9 of the 11 council districts.

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

“As we close out the second year of this grant program, the exponential growth of applications highlights the importance of supporting the innovation of Houston’s artists,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “This ‘express’ grant-making approach is fueling new art experiences for visitors and residents across the breadth of the city.”

MOCA congratulates all award recipients as they embark on their projects and thank them for their dedication to the arts and cultural vitality of Houston for its visitors, creatives, and Houstonians.

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Grant Recipients: Project Title Discipline
Group Acorde Belonging (or not) Abroad Contemporary Dance and Live Music
Adam Castaneda The flower Garden of Ignatius Beltran Modern Dance and Literary Arts
The Pilot Dance Project First Annual Texas Latino/a Contemporary Dance Festival Modern Dance
Kenisha Coleman Mommy & Me Pop Up Libraries Literary Arts
Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts Kaavya’s Ranga Pravesham (working title) Video
Brandon Harris Mẹ Việt Nam ơi, Chúng Con Vẫn Còn đây (Oh Mother Vietnam, We Are Still Here) Visual Art: Photography, Video, Installation and Performance
Robert D. Jackson S.H.E.D. Multidisciplinary Arts/Creative Placemaking
Claire Drennan East End Community Loom Visual Art; Contemporary Craft
Ran Kampel Within the Music Concert Music
Ling-lin Ku and Ryan Crowley Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosity Multimedia Sculpture and Installation
April Lim Cat Tales Creative Writing
Hillerbrand + Magsamen Fractal Signs Visual Art
Duo Verde Project Grow  Music
Addie Pawlick Innominate Lighting Design
January Bones January Bones: La Reina de la Noche Dance, Drag & Performance
Public Poetry In Augmented Reality Literary Arts: Poetry
TISHUAN SCOTT PLASTIC FANTASTIC Public Event, Performance, Educational Technology, Art & Science, Industrial Agricultural Experimental Art
Civic TV “9” – A Civic TV Nomadic Exhibition in conjunction with the 2020 FotoFest Biennial Curator (at Civic TV), and Artist (Painter)
Cressandra Thibodeaux 18 Films Film
14 Pews Pursuing the Dream: Refugee & Migrant Film Festival Film
Brittney Balma Rediscovering the Love of Self Music Therapy and Social Practice
Isaac Yowman All Screwed Up Film

“WailWhale” sculpture by Tishuan Scott