Whether you are an individual  artist or an arts  organization, you can become a member of Fresh Arts and enjoy:

+ Discounts on workshops 

+Ability to apply for Fiscal Sponsorship

+ Discounts from local partner businesses like and Skyline Art Services 

+ Discounted entry to our special events 


fiscal sponsor  is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other professional development and administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects. 

In other words, they 
help you to fundraise like a non-profit without the administrative burden.

Your friendly local


Art Colony Association

BB&T Bank

The Brown Foundation

Frost Bank

The City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Endowment, Inc.

Houston First Corporation

Mid-America Arts Alliance

National Endowment for the Arts

Silver Street Studios

Texas Commission on the Arts

The Deal Company

The Fairbanks Family Fund

The Richard M Fairbanks Foundation  

Our professional development curriculum for artists and arts organizations is  supported by the
National Endowment 
for the Arts.
Learn about our past and upcoming professional development workshops  at

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Volunteer with Fresh Arts at BCAF & WHAM!
by Fresh Arts
Deadline: BCAF - October 4 // WHAM - November 12

Bayou City Arts Festival Downtown
As the nation's premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will feature music, food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children's Creative Zone and much more. 

Volunteers will be entered into a raffle and have the chance to win a prize at the end of their shift! Additionally, volunteers receive complimentary entrance to the festival and discounted parking.  Plus, we are giving all of our BCAF volunteers a free 3-month Fresh Arts membership, which includes a free ticket to the WHAM preview party on November 16, 2018.

Fresh Arts Winter Holiday Art Market
It's that time of year again where we host our annual Winter Holiday Art Market (Nov 16-18, 2018), affectionately known as WHAM! If you haven't heard, this year is our final year of WHAM, so we'd like to go out with a bang!
*But we can't do it without volunteers like YOU!*

Volunteers will help with various shifts & tasks, before, during, and after the WHAM festivities (November 16-18). 


M-AAA FY20 Artistic Innovations - Letter of Intent
by Mid-America Arts Alliance
Deadline: October 15, 2018 // 11:59 PM

Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of innovative new work by artists working in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000 to underwrite the direct expenses related to the art-making process and the public premiere of work. Designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofits working in all disciplines.

FY20 grants will be for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The application process begins with a Letter of Intent which is due close October 15, 2018.

Letter of Intent deadline: October 15, 2018 // 11:59 PM

HAA - City Initiative's Grant
by Houston Arts Alliance
Deadline: October 26, 2018 // 5:30 PM 

City's Initiative (CI) grants provides one-time funding to City of Houston 501(c)3 arts/cultural nonprofits for new opportunities that (1) are not part of the applicant's annual budget or regular programming/annual events, and (2) promote cultural tourism. Examples include the opportunity to present an artist or performance that was not included in an annual season or an unanticipated invitation to perform or exhibit (as part of a conference or meeting being held in Houston). Awards are restricted to artistic and marketing costs with $10,000 as the maximum amount awarded.

A preliminary meeting is required-at least 48 hours from a City's Initiative deadline-for organizations looking to make application. 

Application deadline: October 26, 2018 // 5:30 PM 

The Idea Fund
Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Deadline: October 29, 2018 

The Idea Fund provides cash rewards at three distinct levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000) and Stimulus ($7,000). Every grant recipient will be required to hold one public event or outreach activity in the Greater Houston Area and to submit a final report by the end of the year. The Idea fund is a competitive process. Grant recipients are chosen by a panel of arts professionals and past Idea Fund grant recipients. 

Interested in applying? Consider attending the final workshop on October 17, 2018 at 6:30PM  at the Galveston Artist Residency. 

Application deadline: October 29, 2018


Ready & Resilient Emergency Preparedness for Arts & Cultural Organizations & Independent Artists
by Houston Arts Alliance
Date: Multiple // See below 

During these free workshops led by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, you will learn about the disaster planning process, contents of a disaster plan, managing risk, insurance coverage, business continuity issues, and receive information about resources to help with planning for the next disaster.  

For Arts/Cultural/Historical Organizations 
Galveston, Chambers, & Brazoria Counties
October 9 // 1:00 PM //  UH - Clear Lake

Fort Bend, Austin, & Waller Counties
October 10 // 10:00 AM //  Sugar Land City Hall, Cane Room, First Floor

Harris County
October 11 // 10:00 AM  //  Houston Arts Alliance Gallery 

For Independent Artists
Montgomery, Liberty, & San Jacinto Counties 
October 23// 4:30 PM // Splendora Gardens 

Harris, Galveston & Fort Bend Counties
October 24 // 11:00 AM // Houston Arts Alliance Gallery 


Let Creativity Happen!
Nov. 5
The Hopper Prize
Nov. 13
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Awesome Foundation Grant
Craft Emergency Relief Fund Emergency Grant
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Emergency Grant
Hearst Foundation Grants for Individuals and Organizations

The Landing Theatre Co.
Oct. 31
Assistance League Houston Celebrate Texas Art 2019
Oct. 31

Theatre Under the Stars
Oct. 10
Houston Arts Alliance
Director of Advancement
Oct. 10
Houston Arts Alliance
Oct. 10
Houston Center for the Performing Arts Medicine
Oct. 30
Houston Methodist
Oct. 31
Stages Repertory Theatre
Oct. 31
Houston Cinema Arts Society
Oct. 31

The New Orleans Writers' Residency
Nov. 26


Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.