FRESH ARTS PLANNING GUIDE TO LOCAL ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

2024 EDITION

As artists and creatives, it’s so important to plan out your year.  Do your goals include participating in two festivals or applying to a grant this year? Is your one-month goal just to make it through tax season? Fresh Arts has taken the initiative to map out local exhibitions, grants, festivals and markets, and other important artist opportunities that await you in 2024! Below you can find some of our top picks to look out for, which include: Local Grants, Residencies, Markets and Festivals, and Exhibitions.

GOAL SETTING

VISION BOARD WORKSHOP

Join Fresh Arts for a Vision Board Workshop led by artist & yoga instructor Nicole Peralta at Love Dance Studio from 6-8 PM. We’ll kick off the session with a grounding meditation & intention setting with Drea the Artist. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6-8 PM at Love Dance HTX

Limited seating is available, so register today! Registration $15.

GOAL SETTING TOOLKIT

This toolkit will invite participants to picture their own version of personal, professional, and artistic success. Artists may use this as a practical guide for tracking, and actively pursuing their goals.

LEGAL CONSULTATION FOR ARTISTS

TALA's 2024 Arts Legal Line

In need of legal support this year? Add these dates to your calendar for FREE legal advice courtesy of our friends at Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA).

On designated dates, participants can call from anywhere in Texas between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to get arts-related questions answered by a TALA volunteer attorney.

February 6   |   May 7   |   August 6   |   October 1

GRANTS + DEADLINES

Dance Source Houston: Dancer Fund Application

Through the Dancer Fund, Dance Source Houston provides direct support to freelance dance artists who have received payment from choreographers and/or organizations for their project-based, performance-related work. The fund matches up to $500 per individual in payment(s) for performance project artist fees per annual cycle. Dancers may apply more than once to receive the $500 maximum award. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

The Dancer Fund is generously supported by Houston Endowment. During the 2023-2024 season cycle DSH will award a total of $30,000 to freelance dancers through the program. The application for the current cycle is now open and will remain open until the fund has depleted. 

DEADLINE: June 30, 2024

Houston Arts Alliance: LET CREATIVITY HAPPEN!

The Let Creativity Happen! (LCH) grant category provides funds of up to $2,500 for specific programs that amplify artistic creativity and innovation taking place in the City of Houston. Let Creativity Happen grants are designed to encourage artists, creative individuals, and organizations to take creative risks that may not qualify for more traditional funding opportunities. Awards will support innovative ideas that redefine artistic boundaries, reshape the conversation about art and art experiences, and/or establish unique opportunities to experience art.

(APPROXIMATE) DEADLINES: 

  • Round 1: Month of April
  • Round 2: Month of June
  • Round 3: Month of September

Houston Arts Alliance: City's Initiative

The City’s Initiative grant program provides funding to individual artists, creatives, and nonprofits for strategic and creative opportunities to engage visitors and residents while building upon Houston’s cultural identity and tourism. Proposed activities should not be a part of the applicant’s regular programming or annual schedule of activities or events.

Grant expenses are restricted to project related costs, which include artist fees, and marketing costs. Typical awards are between $5,000 and $10,000. A preliminary meeting with grants staff is encouraged to discuss the details of your proposed project and ensure a successful submission at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. 

(APPROXIMATE) DEADLINES: 

  • Round 1: Month of April
  • Round 2: Month of June
  • Round 3: Month of September

Houston Arts Alliance: Support for Artists and Creative Individuals

The Support for Artists and Creative Individuals (SACI) grant provides funds of up to $15,000 for specific projects that create and present new works of art or complete work already in progress throughout Houston. Applications are accepted from all artistic disciplines. SACI grants are funded by City of Houston via the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and awarded based on cash-in-hand.

DEADLINE: Typically between June and July

The Idea Fund

The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Grants will support innovative, experimental, public-facing visual art projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, or exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with community. The Idea Fund awards grants to artists or collectives in the Greater Houston Area with ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each.

DEADLINE: Typically the beginning of November

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Lawndale Artist Studio Program: 2024-2025

The 2024—2025 Lawndale Art Center Exhibition Program focuses on presenting exhibitions proposed by artists and curators from within the Houston and Gulf Coast region. To best support this work, we are in the process of rethinking our current exhibition open call and working towards an incubator model. However, this transition will take time and future planning. In the interim, Lawndale is opening a call for exhibitions for 2024 through 2025. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis (in December 2023, April 2024, and August 2024). Proposed exhibitions should align with Lawndale’s mission as a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs exploring the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

DEADLINE: Typically the December, April, and August

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency 2023-2024

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

Benefits of the residency include 24/7 access to studio space, cultural and professional development opportunities, a monthly stipend that includes a small housing/materials allowance, and the opportunity to give an artist talk. Plus $1000 monthly stipend that includes a housing/materials allowance

DEADLINE: March 1, 2024

Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Artist Residency (2023-2024)

Offered by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Center for Photography, the Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography (ICP) Artist Residency is designed for artists creating work at the intersection of contemporary craft and photography. This three-month residency supports artists with an experimental, multidisciplinary edge, who are testing the boundaries within both fields. ICP residents will be hosted in a studio space at HCCC and will receive all the benefits of regular HCCC resident artists.  In addition, from HCP, they will receive printing credits and access to the digital lab. Artists will participate in a joint artist talk and will be included in HCCC’s annual In Residence exhibition, as well as receive a feature in HCP’s spot magazine.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate and address how their practice engages the fields of both craft and photography. Note: Applicants for HCCC’s Artist Residency and for the ICP Residency will apply through the same online application

DEADLINE: Typically March 1st

Galveston Artist Residency

GAR awards three artist-in-residence fellowships a year. For ten months, from October through July, each artist receives 24/7 access to a studio, an apartment, a monthly stipend of $1,100 per month, and a $500 travel stipend to be granted upon arrival and departure. These ten months are viewed as a gift of time for artists to make their work and development of their practice.

DEADLINE: March 23rd at 11:59 PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston: The Core Program Residency

The Core Program awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Residents engage with a wide range of leading artists, critics, curators, and art historians who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars, and deliver public lectures.

The residency term is nine months, from September to May, and fellows may apply for a second term.

DEADLINE: April 1

MARKETS + FESTIVALS

First Saturdays Art Market

First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights currently at 530 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St. The market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items.

DEADLINE: Ongoing applications

Hosted Monthly on the 1st Saturday
 

The Market at Sawyer Yards

The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place on 2nd Saturdays, in conjunction with Sawyer Yards Open Studios. This curated market hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller & artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public.

DEADLINE: Ongoing applications

Hosted Monthly on the 2nd Saturday

Art Colony Association: Bayou City Arts Festival

The annual Bayou City Art Festival (BCAF) presented by Art Colony Association for over 25 years is one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events. The festival takes place twice a year in March and October.

DEADLINE FOR FALL 2024: July

DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2025: December

Heartmade Art Market

Heartmade Art Market is a juried art market conceived and created by Tracy Manford Carlson of Tracy Carlson Photography and Sonja Fulbright of Crush Design Co. Our tag line, “design for happiness,” is exactly how we like to do things. ‪We think small actions add up to big results, so we’re putting the hearts of Texas’ talented artists to work for the benefit of local non-profit organizations and the community at large.

DEADLINE: This event takes place in April . Applications for 2024 are now closed. Applications for 2025 open in November.

"CALL FOR ENTRIES" OPPORTUNITIES

Dance Source Houston: Barnstorm Dance Fest

The 4th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest performance will be accepting applications for works 5-18 minutes in length from all genres of dance. Selected applicants will perform their work twice during the festival, which may include multiple weekends.

DEADLINE: This event takes place in May. Applications for 2024 are now closed. Applications for 2025 open in November.

DiverseWorks: Diverse Discourse Studio Visits

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with  Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.

DEADLINE: October 2024

Houston Center for Photography: The Center Annual

The Center Annual is Houston Center for Photography’s yearly group exhibition that seeks to highlight and provide insight into current themes, technologies, and practices in photography. The show features a diverse array of works from members of our global photography community and is selected by a leading curator, editor, or artist. This annual exhibition opens our galleries to photographers from anywhere in the world, whether emerging, mid-career, or established, and as such, aims to provide viewers with critical insight into our current moment—both within the field of photography and within society at large. Of those selected, three artists are chosen to receive the Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $1,000, generously supported by The Beth Block Foundation, and will also be featured in **spot magazine.

DEADLINE: July 2024

OTHER FRESH ARTS RESOURCES

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Looking for National Opportunities?

Check out The Art Blog from Artwork Archive for an extensive list of the opportunities that are happening nationally.