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Houston's Creatives Respond to COVID-19 with Ingenuity and Commitment

Celebrating the City of Houston's 2020 Arts and Cultural Grantees

September 2, 2020 -- The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) released a video today recognizing the many innovations the City of Houston’s 2020 arts & cultural grantees have made in response to COVID-19.

Houston artists and cultural organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic. With a projected 51 percent decrease in city arts funding revenue for the year, resources to deliver programs as planned are no longer available. Despite the challenges, Houston artists and organizations have found creative ways to continue serving their community.

Funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts and administered by MOCA with Houston Arts Alliance, the annual grants program awarded grants to 142 nonprofits and 72 artists across the City.

As Houstonians continue to work together through a global pandemic, hurricane season and other challenges, the adaptability and strength of Houston’s creative sector demonstrates the city’s resiliency.

Houstonians can continue supporting local artists and organizations by supporting any of the upcoming virtual events listed on the Houston Cultural Events Calendar.

To learn more about the City’s cultural programs visit

You can also follow MOCA on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

14 Pews
AFA (American Festival for the Arts)
Alley Theare
Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico
APERIO, Music of the Americas
Apollo Chamber Players
Ars Lyrica Houston
Bayou City Art Festival
Art League Houston
ArtX NonProfits
Asia Society Texas Center
Aurora Picture Show
Hunter Capoccioni
Bharathi Kalai Manram
Brazilian Arts Foundation Annual Capoeira Event
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Center for African American Military History
The Jung Center
CCM Foundation
Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston (CICMH)
Chamber Music Houston
Children's Prison Arts Project
Children's Museum of Houston
City Ballet of Houston
Classical Theatre Company
Community Artists' Collective
CMCH Youth Ensemble Performs at Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Culture of Health - Advancing Together (CHAT)
Czech Center Museum Houston
Da Camera
Dance Houston
Dance of Asian America
Dance Source Houston
Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.
Discovery Green Conservancy
The Ensemble Theatre
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Express Children's Theatre's production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Creativity Shell
Foundation for Modern Music
Frame Dance
Houston Show Choir
Preservation Houston
HITS Theatre
Holocaust Museum Houston
Hope Stone, Inc.
Houston Ballet
Houston Boychoir
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Chamber Choir
Houston Children's Chorus
The Houston Choral Society
Houston Cinema Arts Society
Houston Grand Opera
Dance Salad Festival
Houston International Film Festival, Inc.
Houston Latin American Philharmonic
Houston Swing Dance Society
Houston Symphony
Houston Youth Symphony
The Houston Zoo
Indian Music Society of Houston
Indo-American Association
Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston
Jazz Education Inc.
Jazz Houston
John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science
KINETIC - Photo by Ben Doyle
Lawndale Art and Performance Center
Luciole International Theatre Company
Magpies & Peacocks
The Menil Collection
Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Printing Museum
Nameless Sound
Newspring Student Artist Sethe Nguyen with buyer Jennifer Evans
NobleMotion Dance
Obsidian Theater
OCA-Greater Houston
Open Dance Project
PAIR Houston
Project Row Houses
Public Poetry
Rec Room Arts
Moody Center for the Arts
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
Rothko Chapel
SHAPE Community Center
Silambam Houston
Society for the Performing Arts
Terra Nostra
Houston Contemporary Dance Company
La Speranza
Stages Repertory Theatre
Texas Dragon Boat Association, Inc.
Texas New Music Ensemble
The Catastrophic Theatre
The Heritage Society
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
The T.R.U.T.H. Project
Theatre Under the Stars, Inc.
Uptown Dance Company
Vietnamese Culture & Science Association
WindSync cc: Anni Hochhalter
Wordsmyth Theater Company
Workshop Houston
International Voices Houston
Writers in the Schools
Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston


Adam Castaneda
Alexis Zanete
Alli Villines
Allison Hunter
Amy C. Evans
Ana Tuazon
Analicia Sotelo
Andrew Reynolds
Anne Houang
Brenda Cruz-Wolf
Brent Richardson
Brittany Bass
Candice D'Meza
Cecilia Norman
Cressandra Thibodeaux
Daniel Fuller
Edgar Guajardo
eric burton
Falon Mihalic
Felicia Johnson
Francis Almendarez
Gabriel Martinez
Hang Gao
Hannah Holloway
Harrison Guy
Hayan Charara
Henry G. Sanchez
Jaison Oliver
James Templeton
Jessica "Jay" Mays
Jesus Medel
Jo Fleischhauer
Jolie Rocke
Jonathan Caouette
Jose Diaz
José Hernández López
Josephine Mitchell
Julie Bata
Kamerra Franklin
Kay Adshead
Kristina Koutsoudas
Leonardo Lina
Ling-lin Ku
Lisa Harris
Liyen Chong
Lovie Olivia
Loyce James
Marc Newsome
Mariela Dominguez
Meghan Hendley
Murad Aliyev
Natalie LaValley
Olukemi Oguntona
Preston Gaines
Rebecca French
Reginald Adams
Robert Jackson
Ryan Hawk
Sebastian Gomez de la Torre
Shih-Hui Chen
Sonny (Varun) Mehta
Spike Johnson
Tami Moschioni
Teresa Chapman
Tishuan Scott
Tony Diaz
Trenton Kirksey
Troy Scheid
Vincent Victoria
Yajaira De La Espada
Zain Awais
Zuqiang Peng


Emancipation Park Conservancy
Aurora Picture Show (for QFest: The Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival)
Fresh Arts (for Teatrx)
Fresh Arts (for Zine Fest Houston)
Heights Kids' Music Festival
Houston Latino Film Festival
Houston Parks Board
India House Inc
Indian Film Festival of Houston Inc
Jewish Family Service
Korean American Society of Houston
Mariachi Festival
Nigerian American Multicultural Center
Orissa Culture Center Inc
Shabach Enterprise
South Asian Folk Arts Council
Texan-French Alliance for the Arts
Trinity Episcopal Church
UP Art Studio
Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy