In response to cries of "foul!" from artists, the public, and their own Civic Art Committee, Houston Art Alliance has has posted an outline of its public art selection procedures on its website. It's as clear as mud.
I tried getting money from the Non-creative Arts Council of Houston. The NACHO people think their job is to turn artists into submissive, fear-based art-bureaucrats like them. Ugh. I'd rather hustle. At least I'd get to keep some self respect.