the annual
Fresh Arts Ball

Not-your-typical Gala fundraiser benefiting Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts Annual Gala

Complete with zany costumes, live entertainment, dancing, an art auction, and light bites and drinks, Fresh Arts’ fetes are always memorable!

Whether celebrating shamed celebrities (TheBlack Ball) or runaway brides (The Ball n’ Chain) or spaced invaders (The Space Ball) or Willy Wonka (The Gum Ball), Fresh Arts’ creative fundraisers never fail to “wow” our guests. 

Anything but your typical sit-down gala, the Fresh Arts Ball is an annual celebration to honor the organization’s impact on Houston’s creative community. Most importantly, the gala is our biggest fundraiser, raising between 15-20% of the organization’s revenue. These funds support Fresh Arts’ ability to empower local artists through the development of professional skill-building opportunities and the creation of free public arts programming for the benefit of all Houstonians. Our gala supporters champion a thriving arts community in Houston by supporting those who create it.

Read about the recent success of our 2023 THUNDER BALL gala!  

One of a-kind arts experiences

Artists are at the center of what we do. That’s why Fresh Arts leverages the annual event as a platform to showcase a wide range of Houston’s artistic talent through live music, out-of-this-world performances, interactive art installations, and unique entertainment showcases that you won’t see at your typical gala. 

Pictured: 2016 Gum Ball Gala featuring performance by Dem Damn Dames Burlesque  

Local Art Auction

In line with our mission to connect artists with new audiences, Fresh Arts annual Gala Auction features exclusively local artists and over 50 works of art in all price ranges plus unique arts experience packages that you’ll only find at the Fresh Arts Auction. 

More than just a fundraising channel for Fresh Arts, artists may select a 50/50 split for the opportunity to earn additional funds to further their careers. Artists are then invited to attend the event as our special guests providing patrons the opportunity to meet the artists up close and personal. 

Pictured: 2018 Crystal Ball Gala art auction.

Did we mention zany costumes?!

Guests are encouraged to be a part of the art showcase by expressing their creativity through costumes that evoke the gala theme.  From homemade getups to custom-designed masterpieces, everyone is an artist at the Fresh Arts gala. 


Special thank you to Fresh Arts Unbelieve-a-Ball and Comics Ball Gala underwriters whose generous support allowed our organization to continue our mission to empower local artists through the pandemic. 
Adonia + Kevin Cokinos / Alvin + Lucy Owsley Foundation / Ann + Richard Vaughan / Ashley + Steve Putman / Bella Kafarela + James Engel / Beverly Barrett Bill + Janice Visinsky / Binet Family Foundation / Bisong Art Gallery / Bryan Scrivner / Carol Rowley / Carolyn Roch + Matt Henneman / Cassie Croft, AmCap Home Loans / Cat + Wade Schmitz / Cece + Mack Fowler / Christy Brown / Claudia + Roberto Contreras / Colleen Dippel + Mike Feinberg / David + Danielle Magdol / Debbie Bauer / Denise Giordano / Dominic + Patricia Sung / Dr. Donald + Elaine Young / Edgy Labs / Eleanor + Dan Gilbane / Farley + Steve Erikson / Fay Zahkem / Franci Neely Crane / Francine & Westy Ballard / Frost Bank / Gerald Schlief / Glen Gonzalez + Steve Summers / Harry L Bowles / Hazel Harron / Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith, LLP / Hobby Family Foundation / Holthouse Foundation for Kids / Jennifer + Blake Perrin / Jennifer + Brent Howard / Jennifer + David Ducote / Jessica + Frederick Brazelton / Joelle + Mitch Derrick / John + Becca Cason Thrash / Josh + Lisa Oren / Juliana Zaraza / Julie Kinzelman + Christopher Tribble / Kathy + George Britton / Kathy + Matthew Kelley / Kiki + Carmen Dikmen / Kimberly + James Bell / Klosek & Associates / Kristen + David Buck / Kristen + John Berger / Latimer Dental Arts / Laura U Interior Design / Lisa Santos + Bill Pugh / Lynn Gissel / Marita + JB Fairbanks / Mary Eliza + Park Shaper / Monsour Taghdisi / Paul D Grossbard + Miller Grossbard Advisors, LLP / Phillips 66 / Rainey Knudson / Raquel Segal / Rob + Sandy Shaw / Sara + Kevin Robins / Scurlock Foundation / Sharon + Mike Brier / Stacey + Casey Crenshaw / Stephanie + Ernie Cockrell / Susie + Sanford Criner / Taelor Ranzau + Tynan McDermott / Tama Klosek, Klosek & Associates / Terri + John Havens / Thanh Hongkham + Ross F. Muramaru / The Bell Family / The Giordano Family / The IndiGo Blue Family Foundation / The Owen-Pontez Family / Traci + John Young / Vicky + Gordon Wight


The gala theme changes each year…. so you never know what to expect!