About Fresh Arts

About us

Fresh Arts champions the artists who make Houston a more vibrant and creative place to live.

Fresh Arts programs help advance the careers of Houston artists and creatives by complementing their artistic practices with access to hyper-local resources and career development opportunities to serve artists of all disciplines and stages.

Our menu of programs includes an annual two-day artist summit, an eight-week training seminar called Artist INC Houston, a podcast series featuring artist interviews, virtual and in-person workshops on career-building topics, a fiscal sponsorship program, an Artist Residency, AND MORE! Check out our online resources including our Artist Opportunity Board and Artist Resource Library, available 24/7!


Fresh Arts empowers local artists through programs that build knowledge, amplify local resources, and connect communities.


Fresh Arts was born from a 2012 merger of two prominent Houston arts service organizations: Spacetaker (est. 2003) and Fresh Arts Coalition (est. 2002). Spacetaker, founded by artist David A. Brown, identified a need for artists to build sustainable careers and Fresh Arts Coalition, founded by Marita Fairbanks, used collaborative marketing to promote unique arts programs. Today, powered by a small but passionate team of 4, Fresh Arts supports Greater Houston artists of all disciplines & stages by helping them cultivate community, attract new audiences, share resources, build skills, and create momentum for their projects.