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Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Awards $69,800 to projects promoting Neighborhood Cultural Destinations and Resilience Awareness

HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) announces the first grants through the newly designed City’s Initiative (CI) grant program. The seven inaugural awards will support cultural activations in neighborhoods and strengthen community resilience.

The redesigned program focuses on three crucial areas for cultural tourism and sustainability as the city begins to open up from the COVID-19 pandemic:  Neighborhood Cultural Destinations, Conference Tourism and Resilience Awareness.

“These projects will appeal to residents and visitors. Houstonians can explore their neighborhoods and city with a fresh lens, as if they were tourists within their own city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am, additionally, happy to support our creatives that highlight our vibrant neighborhoods and support the Resilient Houston Executive Order that I signed in February of 2020.”

Neighborhood Cultural Destinations
Highlights and presents cultural heritage in a particular Houston neighborhood. Project should incorporate community voices, knowledge, and interest. Projects in this category will connect tourists to places and people that make Houston a unique destination.

Conference Tourism
Clearly defined partnership with a significant conference that produces an activity featuring Houston artists or arts and culture attractions in Houston. Projects in this category will connect tourists with the city’s creators.

Resilience Awareness
Resilient Houston is the City of Houston’s framework for collective action and links existing efforts with new ones that will work together to protect Houston against future disasters – be they natural, man-made or a global pandemic. Projects in this category will leverage arts and culture to creatively engage tourists and Houstonians in risk awareness, including mitigation and adaptation strategies.

A total of $69,800 will support seven projects from three organizations and four individuals. The CI grant program was adjudicated through a peer and community-based review process administered by the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). MOCA congratulates all award recipients as they embark on their projects and thanks them for their dedication to the arts and cultural vitality of Houston.

The CI grant program is funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts.

To find and share all Houston digital events and cultural programming, visit the Cultural Events Calendar.

The next deadline for CI grant applications is 4:30 PM, April 30, 2021.



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