Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship unlocks support for artist-led projects existing outside of traditional nonprofit models.

Since 2012, Fresh Arts’ Fiscal Sponsorship program has been opening doors to new streams of support for our city’s artist-led projects and organizations of all artistic disciplines. The program provides fiscal oversight for utilizing charitable funds as well as consultation services to enhance professional skills.

Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects
Open MFA

Open MFA is an artist collective that provides community, dialogue, and cross-disciplinary collaboration for artists based in the Houston area. The artist-run organization is shaped by everyone who takes part—participation is free and open to artists of any discipline.

Sur Fest

SUR FEST is an annual festival that unites Houston’s Latin American community of musicians, photographers, artists, and writers.  We present the work of local, national, and international bands and artists so that the public can enjoy a diverse musical palette …

Teatro Communitario De Houston

Teatro Comunitario de Houston is a Latinx community theater and performance company
founded in 2018, with the mission of promoting equality, inclusion, social justice, and multiculturalism …

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Montrose Project

Representation matters! When we value women’s art, we tell the world that women’s contributions matter. The Montrose Project is committed to advancing equality and visibility for women in music. COVID-19 drove millions of women out of the workforce, and this group aims to highlight the importance and necessity of women’s contributions to Houston’s vibrant arts

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HOUSTON CLIMATE JUSTICE MUSEUM

The Houston Climate Justice Museum & Cultural Center is a new museum located in Houston’s East End. Our mission is to use climate change as a jumping off point for rethinking what museums do. As a bit of an art and science museum rolled into one, we focus on interdisciplinary engagement with environmental injustice and the climate crisis.

MONARCH CHAMBER PLAYERS

Monarch Chamber Players is a collective of Houston-based professional musicians committed to taking classical chamber music out of the concert hall and into accessible community spaces. Founded in October 2020, Monarch safely presented over 80 socially-distanced concerts as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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GARZA STUDIOS IN SEGUNDO BARRIO

GARZA STUDIOS are Houston’s newest and only acoustically-sound spaces designed specifically for the use of musicians, dancers, actors, and performing artists. The 10 studio spaces are affordable; available to rent by the hour for rehearsals, classes, coachings, lessons, intimate performances, livestream events, and video productions.

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TEATRX

TEATRX is a Latinx theatre company established in 2018 to advance Latinx performance arts in order to be a vital and prominent part of the artistic identity of Houston by representing and supporting the Latinx community, its artists, and its stories. True to our mission in just a few years we have built a community of Latinx artists by providing artistic opportunities to over 50 local 

THE MOMENTS PROJECT

Moments is an abstract dive into the thoughts and emotions of an African woman living in the United States. It is the pilot project of Femme: Through the Inner Eye of A Westernized African Girl: a multiphasic creative project which highlights female creatives of color and their unique perspectives on life and social issues across the globe. Moments takes an experimental..

FLATS

FLATS is a nomadic photography exhibition series held in homes around the Houston area. They’re also a photo lab and community darkroom space…

ZINE FEST HOUSTON

Zine Fest Houston is an event dedicated to promoting zines, mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative, underground, DIY media and art.

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UP ART STUDIO

UP Art Studio facilitates art projects for urban and contemporary artists, communities, corporations, and municipalities, locally and nationally.

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DANCE AFRIKANA

Dance Afrikana presents Kuumba: A Celebration of Afro-Dance is a dance presentation that celebrates Kwanzaa through one of its seven principles called Kuumba. Kuumba is Kiswahili for creativity and its purpose is to leave the community “more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.” The presentation will showcase dance 

TEXAS SALSA CONGRESS

The Texas Salsa Congress (the only and longest running Salsa Congress in the US founded, owned and produced by a woman) continues to produce a yearly four-day festival highlighting, fostering and hosting performances by an immense amount of varied and renowned talent from local, national and international salsa community. 

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MYSTIC LYON

Mystic Lyon (at the crossroads of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street) is an art space and social sculpture (concept coined by conceptual artist Joseph Bueys) in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. Installations remain on view in our storefront 24 hours a day. Additional programming includes pay phone call-ins to the artists, physical and metaphysical

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MOBILE ARTS SPACE FOR THE ARTIST (MASA)

Create a mobile cultural art space from a 40ft-shipping container. This will provide a self-sufficient multifunctional space where art is shared and showcased – as a gallery, a performance space and a venue for classes. This project will bring vibrant art to parts of the city are dispossessed of access to such spaces and material.

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CARYA STRING QUARTET

OUR MISSION is to foster community through engaging chamber music experiences.

OUR VISION is to share our passion for and belief in the creative process as a life-enriching tool. We are committed to building community through shared concert experiences and the 

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TEE ZEE PRODUCTIONS

Tee Zee Productions is a South Asian Theater company that presents English and Urdu performances, language classes, cultural workshops, and artist training for actors in Houston. It is our mission to bring to life the untold stories of underrepresented communities residing in Houston.