The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will award $11.5 million in grants to 57 local artists and 131 cultural organizations in 2023. That’s good news for two reasons. The sum represents an uptick from 2022, when $9.9 million was awarded to 87 individuals and 151 organizations. And, individual artists will receive “cash-in-hand;” prior to 2022, grants were distributed in installments.
“These funds come from projected hotel occupancy tax dollars,” explains Necole Irvin, director of MOCA. “We have been suffering through a limited collection of those funds because of COVID. We did not see those levels of tourism here or anywhere else in the country. So we’re coming back from the height of the pandemic.”
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