The Fresh Arts Team

Fresh Arts is presently powered by a small but mighty team of 3 full-time + 2 part-time employees and a paid intern. We are proud to employ a predominately female BIPOC team that represents diverse perspectives, backgrounds, creative interests, and artistic disciplines.

Executive Director


Angela Carranza is a dedicated nonprofit arts leader with a strong background in arts programming. She has served as the Executive Director of Fresh Arts since 2022 after holding several positions at the organization for a decade. She also serves a dual role as the Cultural Arts Director for Arts District Houston, a state-designated cultural district managed by Fresh Arts. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Arts. Prior to Fresh Arts, Angela spent a decade in the interior design industry as a small business manager and designer focused on art-centric styling solutions, decorative painting, furniture design, and event planning.

Angela is also an active community volunteer having served on committees for United Way of Houston, the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Board for the City of Houston, and others. She currently serves on the board of directors for Barrio Dogs and recently joined the steering committee for the Houston Alliance of Latinx Artists (HALA). She enjoys a life of laughter and hot dogs with her family which includes a kindergartener, three cats, two rescue dogs, and her husband, a former chef, who endures her love of hot dogs and pets.

Accounting + Operations Manager​


Micah Salinas is a painter and visual artist with over a decade of experience in the Houston arts community. Her work has been featured in International Art Fund/Luz Art Gallery and in press across Houston. In her years of working as a freelance artist, she discovered a deep rooted passion for helping artists thrive in their careers. In 2020 she founded The Weekend Pop-Up Gallery, a nonprofit that hosts art shows and supports local businesses across the city at no expense to the artist. With her new position as Operations Manager at Fresh Arts, she is dedicated to fulfill her dream of seeing Houston artists across the city become the most fruitful and successful in the U.S. She is the mother of two, a lover of 60’s jazz, and all things quirky!

Grant Writer + Fiscal Sponsorship Manager


Julia Barbosa Landois is a visual artist and performer with over 15 years of experience working in the arts as an educator and administrator. She holds a BFA in Painting with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MFA in Sculpture/New Media from the University of Pennsylvania. Julia's multidisciplinary work has been featured in exhibitions and performance festivals in the USA, Latin America, and Europe. Her most recent awards include a residency at ContemploMX in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and a 2023 Creation Fund Grant from National Performance Network. She loves that her work at Fresh Arts empowers fellow artists to pursue their unique visions and serve the community. Julia enjoys singing (onstage or in the car), time with her human and fur baby family, and all things outdoors.

Program + Marketing Manager


Daral Moore-Washington is an emerging arts administration leader with experience in project management, event planning, and social media management, with interests in graphic design, strategic planning, and workflow optimization. She is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Master in Arts Management and holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Houston-Downtown. As Program + Marketing Manager she is responsible for managing program resources and logistics while facilitating brand and content distribution on all audience facing platforms. Since 2017, Daral has held several part time positions at Fresh Arts, ranging from Artist Resource Intern to Special Events Assistant, and most recently Marketing + Communications Coordinator.  If you ever want to spark a conversation with her, color theory, anime, and bullet journaling are excellent starting points.

Communications Coordinator


Jade is an emerging artist in the world of theatre and film, specializing in costume, prop, and set design. In 2022, She received her BA in Theatre Design & Technology from San Diego State University. So far, she has helped create dozens of stage plays, a few short films, and one feature film, and she continues frequently hop on new projects that excite her. She is inspired by whimsical campiness and dark surrealism and is motivated by creating better representation and work conditions in the industry. Alongside her production work, Jade is also building a career in content marketing. She is particularly interested in serving small businesses and nonprofits within the areas of art, entertainment, culture, and social justice. In the last two years, she's helped to develop and implement numerous comprehensive strategies for creating content and managing engagement. Some of her favorite clients and collaborators so far have included: Pacific Arts Movement—hosts of the internationally acclaimed San Diego Asian Film Festival, Antifragile Zine, and now, Fresh Arts! In both her production design and marketing work, Jade is super passionate about helping fellow artists share their message and bring their vision into reality.

Board of Directors 2024

Jackie Staple (President)  | Jackson Walker LLP

Austin Thomas (Vice-President)  |  Jackson Walker LLP

Tina Zulu (Secretary)  |  Zulu Creative + Kimono Zulu

Andrea Downs (Treasurer)  |  DEBNER

Marita Fairbanks  | Founder of Fresh Arts Coalition*

 Onata Andujar  |  Creative Business Owner at Onata Fragrances

 Bob Card  |  Visual Artist

 Sean Collins  |  Marketing

Jocelyn Gutierrez  |  Rice MBA

Edgar Medina  |  Visual Artist

Jennifer Perrin  |  Lumen Technologies 


*Fresh Arts is the result of a 2012 merger between Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalitio

2023-25 Artist Advisory Committee

Mehek Ahmed   |  Visual, Craft Arts

Ruth Sosa Bailey  |  Visual Arts

Leandre Douglas  |  Dance

Laura Drey   |  Visual Arts

AC Evans   |  Multidisciplinary Arts

Nick Gaitan  |  Music

ShaWanna Goffney   |  Theatre/Performing

Lorena Molina   |  Visual Arts

#TeamFreshArts News

January 2024:  Jackie Staple appointed Board President of Fresh Arts