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City Announces Fourth Round of Arts Grants for 2019

December 20, 2019 -- The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is happy to announce another group of recipients of Let Creativity Happen! competitive grants.

A total of $55,000 will support 22 creative and innovative projects throughout the City of Houston.The $2,500 grants were awarded in 9 of the 11 council districts.

Funded by the City of Houston Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts, Let Creativity Happen! is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with the Houston Arts Alliance.

“As we close out the second year of this grant program, the exponential growth of applications highlights the importance of supporting the innovation of Houston’s artists,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “This ‘express’ grant-making approach is fueling new art experiences for visitors and residents across the breadth of the city.”

MOCA congratulates all award recipients as they embark on their projects and thank them for their dedication to the arts and cultural vitality of Houston for its visitors, creatives, and Houstonians.

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Grant Recipients:

Project Title


Group Acorde

Belonging (or not) Abroad

Contemporary Dance and Live Music

Adam Castaneda

The flower Garden of Ignatius Beltran

Modern Dance and Literary Arts

The Pilot Dance Project

First Annual Texas Latino/a Contemporary Dance Festival

Modern Dance

Kenisha Coleman

Mommy & Me Pop Up Libraries

Literary Arts

Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts

Kaavya’s Ranga Pravesham (working title)


Brandon Harris

Mẹ Việt Nam ơi, Chúng Con Vẫn Còn đây (Oh Mother Vietnam, We Are Still Here)

Visual Art: Photography, Video, Installation and Performance

Robert D. Jackson


Multidisciplinary Arts/Creative Placemaking

Claire Drennan

East End Community Loom

Visual Art; Contemporary Craft

Ran Kampel

Within the Music Concert


Ling-lin Ku and Ryan Crowley

Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosity

Multimedia Sculpture and Installation

April Lim

Cat Tales

Creative Writing

Hillerbrand + Magsamen

Fractal Signs

Visual Art

Duo Verde

Project Grow


Addie Pawlick


Lighting Design

January Bones

January Bones: La Reina de la Noche

Dance, Drag & Performance

Public Poetry

In Augmented Reality

Literary Arts: Poetry



Public Event, Performance, Educational Technology, Art & Science, Industrial Agricultural Experimental Art

Civic TV

“9” – A Civic TV Nomadic Exhibition in conjunction with the 2020 FotoFest Biennial

Curator (at Civic TV), and Artist (Painter)

Cressandra Thibodeaux

18 Films


14 Pews

Pursuing the Dream: Refugee & Migrant Film Festival


Brittney Balma

Rediscovering the Love of Self

Music Therapy and Social Practice

Isaac Yowman

All Screwed Up


WailWhale Sculpture by Tishuan Scott

"WailWhale" sculpture by Tishuan Scott