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Mayor Turner launches call for proposals for National Creative Spaces Grant

Aerial view of Project Row Houses during Round 41, hosted by Ryan N Dennis. – Photo by Peter Molick

July 16, 2021 – Mayor Sylvester Turner calls for Houston’s best ideas approved for national Our city grant program.

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Our city The grant is interested in projects that cause the arts and culture to have an impact on community priorities such as public safety, health, scourge and vacancies, the environment, job creation, equity, local business development, education, civic participation and / or community cohesion. Successful projects will improve the livability of communities, create opportunities for all and empower residents. Matching grants range from $ 25,000 to $ 150,000, with a minimum cost share / match equal to the grant amount.

“Art plays an important role in the vision of a more resilient Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This vision is an equitable, inclusive and affordable city with access to the arts. I can’t wait to see the best ideas from artists and organizations across the NEA Our city grant opportunity.

the Our city The grants program supports creative place-building projects that help transform communities into vibrant, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at heart. Projects may include: artist residencies, arts festivals, community art co-creation, performances, public art, cultural planning, cultural district planning, creative asset mapping, public art planning, facility design cultural activities, the design of public spaces, the development of creative businesses and the development of professional artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our city candidates by city and requires a letter of approval from the mayor. Applications that meet the city’s resilience plan and / or full communities will be the most competitive for approval.

To learn more about the Resilience Plan and Complete Communities, visit: and

To be considered for approval, applicants must submit their concepts with confirmed artists and partners no later than July 22, 2021 at [email protected]

Applicants should consult the Our city grant program website, which includes tips and resources, including case studies for developing successful projects:

Successful applicants will receive the required letter of approval to be attached to their final submission to the National Endowment for the Arts, due August 5, 2021.

To learn more about the city’s cultural programs, visit and follow the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

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