INNOVATIVE ARTS PROGRAMS AWARDED NEW GRANT FROM HAA
Houston Arts Alliance
We are very excited to announce the first recipients of the Jamail Innovation Grant, an award which provides funding to arts organizations for inventive ideas that expand artistic excellence and increase the organizations’ reach.
The recipients are:
- Writers in the Schools (WITS), for a video game-based creative writing education program. WITS will partner with Houston-based Histrionix Learning Company as well as area schools for this program, train instructors in game design, then teach students how to use components from their own writing—such as character, setting, theme and plot—to design their own video games.
- Main Street Theater, for a centralized costume warehouse for numerous theatre companies to share. This one-stop facility will save time and money for theaters all over Houston. Participating companies include The Ensemble Theatre, Theater LaB Houston, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company, Stark Naked Theatre Company, The Catastrophic Theatre and Classical Theatre Company.
The Jamail Innovation Grant encourages arts organizations to do what they do best—problem solve. Funded projects are expected to address complex challenges creatively, departing from traditional practices while still aligning with the organization’s mission and vision.
To be eligible for the grant, organizations had to be current recipients of Houston Arts Alliance’s General Operating Support, General Operating Support Expansion or Resident Incubator programs.
Congratulations to these organizations! These ideas are truly innovative and inspiring, and we can’t wait to see them come to fruition.