The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) develops policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors and leverage private investment. It helps the public and City departments and offices realize cultural projects that advance their goals and benefit the city’s 2.2 million residents and nearly 17 million annual visitors.

Cultural Affairs Office

MOCA is a resource for the community. It implements the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan with a vision to foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors. It highlights the local artist workforce through exhibitions in historic City Hall and oversees contracts for grants and cultural services and the City’s Civic Art Program. MOCA facilitates temporary art, art donations to the City Collection, community murals and special projects. Show more ...

Visit Historic City Hall

Visitors to Houston’s Historic City Hall will discover rotating artworks on the main level and in MOCA’s Underground Gallery, a display of gifts to the City from around the world, the Houston Hall of Fame video display and the historic rotunda murals. The allegorical murals depict Culture, Industry, Social Activities and Municipal Activities.
Completed in 1939, architect Joseph Finger's finely detailed Houston City Hall is an excellent example of what is sometimes called WPA Deco, the style of many Depression-era projects financed by the federal Works Progress Administration. City Hall is a City of Houston Protected Landmark and in the National Register of Historic Places.

Houston Poet Laureate

Dr. Robin Davidson is the 2015 City of Houston Poet Laureate.  Dr. Davidson is an award-winning poet, translator, and professor of English and creative writing at the University of Houston-Downtown  Houston Poet Laureate Program (HPLP) celebrates Houston’s rich culture and diversity through the work of a poet who will represent Houston by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching, and written work.