The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) released its first demographic review of artist representation in the City of Houston's collection of public art. The equity review is designed to help advance the City's cultural equity goals and includes the statistics of gender, race/ethnicity, and women of color within the city's collection of 677 artworks.
MOCA assessed the entire Civic Art collection to determine how the demographics of the City's collection compare to Houston's overall demographics. The review also includes the City's financial investments in female artists and artists of color.
Houston is the first city to release an equity review based on its art collection.
MOCA will take several immediate and long-term actions in collaboration with the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) who manages the artist selection process for commissions and acquisitions.
Immediate actions include publicly releasing the findings and providing them to all future artist selection panels. Long-term actions include ongoing reporting of demographic statistics with the Annual Civic Art Report, engaging HAA's Civic Art Committee, developing pathways for underrepresented artists, and establishing trust with those communities.
Houston Arts Alliance is a local arts, and culture organization whose principle work is to implement the City of Houston's vision, values, and goals for its arts grantmaking and civic art investments. HAA's work is conducted through contracts with the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.
The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs released the Equity Review in conjunction with its Annual Civic Art Report to Mayor and City Council. The reports are available on the Civic Art Program webpage http://www.houstontx.
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