For Immediate Release
August 14, 2021
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City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251

(BPRW) Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Awards $30,000 to Digitally Innovative Arts and Cultural Works

(Black PR Wire) Houston, TX - The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) announced today that it is awarding $30,000 in grants to 12 individuals and nonprofit organizations that have reimagined their work in the digital realm. The work includes streaming services, virtual reality, and digital curation to deliver manifested live concerts, theatre performances, and literary concepts in online-only platforms.

"The grants will provide a new opportunity for innovation that will open Houston's vibrant arts and cultural community to a global audience,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The City will continue investing in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.”

MOCA awarded the funds through "Let Creativity Happen", a competitive grant program that is administered by the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and funded by a portion of the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT).

The program will accept applications three times in 2021 and will offer grants for arts and cultural experiences that use technology to connect audiences beyond the physical boundaries of space. The move to online-only platforms breaks down accessibility barriers, increases interest among audiences, and invites experimentation on a large scale. Most importantly, this move facilitates the reimagination of these important cultural contributions beyond traditional structures.

Artists and creatives interested in city funding to support their arts and cultural work should apply to the 2022 Grant Cycle scheduled to launch by September 10. Learn more.

About the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs guides the City’s cultural investments with policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors and leverage private investment. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

About Houston Arts Alliance
Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a local arts and culture organization whose principal work is to implement the City of Houston’s vision, values, and goals for its arts grantmaking and civic art investments. HAA also executes privately funded special projects to meet the needs of the arts community, such as disaster preparation, research on the state of the arts in Houston, and temporary public art projects that energize neighborhoods. To learn more about HAA, visit and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @Houstonartsalliance.