Cafeza – Arts relief

Cafeza, a live music venue located at 1720 Houston Ave., was among the arts-related organizations to receive grant money through the City of Houston and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. (Contributed photo)

Members of Houston’s arts industries were recently awarded grant funds to help the individuals and performance venues financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Houston announced Dec. 17 that the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) recently collaborated with with Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) to distribute $5 million to artists, cultural organizations, music venues and musicians – including a number of venues in the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Washington Avenue areas.

“We want to thank musicians and artists for their role in community as we, as a city, work together during this global pandemic,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

According to a news release from the city, MOCA provided more than $1.2 million in relief to 691 individuals artists, cultural organizations, music venues and musicians in Houston. Among the local venues receiving grant money were:

– Art Colony Association, Inc. (7026 Old Katy Rd., Suite 221)

– 14 Pews Church (800 Aurora St.)

– Cafeza (1720 Houston Ave.)

– Dan Electro’s Bar (1031 E. 24th St.)

– Heights Theater (339 W. 19th St.)

– Rockefellers (3620 Washington Ave.)

– White Oak Music Hall (2915 N. Main St.)

– Open Dance Project (747 N. Shepherd Dr.)

To learn more about the city’s cultural programs, visit or follow MOCA on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

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