In light of the City Council’s recently approved Arts and Culture Plan and the upcoming mayoral election, the editorial points out many of the “deeply rooted structural problems with the HAA.” It begins with last year’s Ed Wilson fiasco (for a refresher course on that adventure, go here). “The embarrassing incident,” the editorial continues, “was merely the latest sign that Houston’s public art financing system is broken.”
Citing the new Arts and Culture Plan’s recommendation that the City “provide increased oversight, transparency and accountability in the allocation of City arts and culture grants,” the editorial makes some suggestions:
A good first step would be to demand term limits for HAA committee members, a standard practice in comparable organizations around the country. That would inject fresh perspectives into debates about which organizations and projects to fund. Looking ahead, the next mayor should consider carefully before renewing the city’s contract with HAA.