The Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County seeks to advance the nonprofit arts industry in Greater Houston, thus contributing to enhance the region’s quality of life, economic competitiveness and attractiveness as a tourist destination. Our mission is to nurture, fund and promote participation in the arts in Houston and Harris County.

We provide financial support, technical assistance and specialized services to artists, arts and civic organizations, and public institutions to ensure that citizens and visitors to our community have access to broad and diverse cultural programs–from avant-garde theatre to traditional music to fine arts exhibitions. We offer a program of civic art and design dedicated to improving the region’s physical environment through the inclusion of art in infrastructure projects, working through partnerships with the City of Houston and other public and private sector entities.

The Cultural Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors elected through an annual nominating process, with two members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Houston and the Harris County Judge. The professional staff brings expertise in the arts, nonprofit management and community development, ensuring the successful delivery of the programs and services for which the organization has been recognized nationally.

Partners and Supporters

The Cultural Arts Council works in public/private partnership with the City of Houston, managing the investment of the Hotel Occupancy Tax to foster the growth and development of the nonprofit arts sector in the City. The City of Houston is the leading public supporter of the arts in the State of Texas.

Our organization also receives public support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Harris County and the National Endowment for the Arts. Our programs and services are generously supported by foundations, corporate donors, our board of directors and individuals committed to advancing the arts in the Greater Houston area. Please visit our Partners, Funders and Supporters page for a complete list of our generous supporters.

Contributions to the Cultural Arts Council are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you are interested in supporting the development of the arts in Greater Houston and wish to contribute, please click here. >>>

Location and Contact Information

The Cultural Arts Council’s offices are located at the Houston Center for the Arts on Allen Parkway, one block west of the intersection of Allen Parkway and Waugh Drive. Limited on-street meter parking is available on Rosine and D’Amico Streets to the east and south of the building. The Houston Center for the Arts operates a parking lot on D’Amico Street ($2 payable at a coin box).

Mailing address:

Cultural Arts Council of Houston | Harris County
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713.527.9330
Fax: 713.630.5210

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