GET TO KNOW US: DOMINIQUE ESTEVEZ
Houston Arts Alliance
Ever wanted to put a Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) name to a face? Beginning this month, we’ll introduce you to our staff, providing a little insight into who they are, and diving into what it is they do. We hope you’ll get to know us!
First up, Dominique Estevez.
DEPARTMENT: Grants / Programs + Services
JOB TITLE: Grants, Programs + Services Coordinator
RESPONSIBILITIES: As Grants, Programs + Services Coordinator, I serve as a lead on all aspects of grants data collection as well as processing awards and communications for prospective Houston-area grantees (i.e. artists and organizations around the Houston area). An important part of my role is to assist potential grantees with the application process and provide them with relevant resources. I also act as a liaison to members of the HAA Grants Committee, artists, organizations, and the HAA Communications department (for agency-wide communications, outreach, and marketing).
On the Programs + Services side of my job, I am the point of contact for services offered to organizations: crowdfunding, ticketing database management, data collection tools, and a web-based database used by more than 15 participating organizations (in total, representing more than 1.5 million households).
Overall, I am responsible for maintaining working relationships, providing technical assistance with online grant applications, and ensuring flow of information between HAA, our grantees, applicants, and other external clients.
DEGREES / CERTIFICATES: Bachelor of Arts – Music from the University of Houston
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE ARTS? I was an intern at Society for the Performing Arts in the operations department. It was my first experience working “behind the scenes” with major artists and performers from around the nation.
WHAT IS YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE WORKING IN THE ARTS & CULTURE? Between my high school and college career, I played the trumpet for more than ten years. While at the University of Houston, I was the ultimate musician and had a competitive spirit — performing in wind ensembles, marching band, brass ensembles and jazz orchestras. The performing arts is — and always will be — my passion.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE? Over the past two years at HAA, I have grown to love and appreciate all types of artistry, not only in the Houston area, but also on a national level. When I explain what I do to others, I have to say that it's not your typical job. What we do at HAA is so complex — from managing the public art in the city, to providing resources to nonprofits, to distributing over $4.2 million in grants to organizations and individual artists. I feel honored to be a part of an organization that acts as the “voice” for the arts community... especially working in Grants. The most rewarding part of my job is that I get to be a part of an artist’s journey and witness the manifestation of his/her ideas into reality. As a young professional, HAA allows me to continue learning about the arts, the nonprofit sector, and how vital it is to the fourth largest city in America. It's gratifying to know that I can contribute to the arts and cultural tourism in some way.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS / ATTRACTIONS / EVENTS IN HOUSTON? Buffalo Bayou! The trails are beautiful and in a GREAT location. Every now and then you will see some public art along the way, too. One of my favorites is Tolerance, by Jaume Plensa, at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Montrose. It's so peaceful and brings a sense of harmony.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF: My grandparents (on my father's side) are from Cuba. I currently have great aunts and uncles that live there; I plan to visit one day!
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Yes! I have two cats, and I love them to death. Call me the #catlady.
IF YOU COULD CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BE ANYWHERE ON EARTH WHEN THEY OPENED, WHERE WOULD YOU BE? On a beach, on a secluded island across the world, with a margarita in my hand!
WHICH MUSEUM (IN THE WORLD) IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE? WHICH ARE YOU DYING TO GO TO? I’d say my favorite as of now is the Art Institute of Chicago. It's HUGE! Great exhibitions, too. I am extremely eager to go to The Broad, a new contemporary arts museum in Los Angeles.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SEASON? Call me crazy, but I love me some Texas sun. Summer time!
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING TO MAKE YOU "LAUGH OUT LOUD"? Buzzfeed news stories ALWAYS crack me up… I’m currently reading “These Nuns Having A Tailgate Party For Pope Francis Are The Definition Of Squad Goals.” That’s news you need to know.