Recovery Resources for Winter Street artists

Fresh Arts is working closely with Houston Arts Alliance, Sawyer Yards campus management, Deal Co. and relief partners to provide recovery resources and related opportunities to benefit artists affected by the Winter Street Studios fire. 

If you are a Winter Street artist,  please share with your studio neighbors and bookmark this page as we will continue sharing updates and important info.


Recovery Assessment Form for WSS Artists

We respectfully ask that WSS building artists complete this brief assessment form which will help inform and guide immediate and longterm relief efforts.

If you need help filling out this form or need additional support, please reach out to




TX-CERA is offering a FREE art conservation clinic for WSS artists this Saturday, January 21st from 3-5 p.m. at the Silver Street Studios Event Warehouse (2000 Edwards Street). The Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA) is an affiliation of institutions and professionals that support and advocate for the preservation of Texas cultural heritage. 

We acknowledge this announcement is short-notice but TX-CERA wants to provide support sooner rather than later.


WHAT TO EXPECT: Conservation specialists will answer questions about the next phases of cleaning your artwork, pass out masks and gloves, and share tips and techniques that will improve the look of your art.


Register here:

Please register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

If you are unable to make it but would like to be considered for available supplies, you can let us know via the form. 



Emergency Relief Fund for Winter Street Studios by Houston Arts Alliance Disaster Services

Fresh Arts is partnering with Houston Arts Alliance’s Disaster Services program which has activated its Emergency Relief Fund to provide stipends to those affected by the tragic fire at Winter Street Studios.

If you or someone you know has been affected: 
Please put your name on the list of affected artists by visiting

Once submitted, staff will review applications to ensure they are complete and that the applicant has a professional connection with Winter Street Studios. Funds are provided based on need, economic and social vulnerability, and are adjudicated in waves (such as the first 20 applications) through a panel of arts community members that are not HAA board, staff, or family of board or staff. Priority is given to those with the greatest need, greatest damage and greatest economic and social vulnerability.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Grant

Emergency assistance for artists who have experienced a recent, career-threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire, or natural disaster This application will require you to submit the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Artist details, including:
    • CV, Resume, or Artist Statement
    • 5 images of your work*
    • 1 artist portrait
    • 1 photo identification
    • Website or online documentation of art practice
  • Emergency details, including:
    • The type of emergency you experienced
    • Details of the impact and loss you have sustained
    • Financial impacts and impacts of your work
    • Documentation of your emergency, which may include official documents and/or photos
  • 3 Career supporting references

If you have concerns about providing anything listed above, please email

*Uploaded files cannot be more than 10MB and all files being uploaded cannot total more than 20MB. 

The Haven Foundation Financial relief for freelance artists

The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work.

Qualified artists must have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work and, thus, creates the need for immediate relief funds and/or assistance. 

Please carefully read the Guidelines for Assistance before applying for a grant.


In partnership with Sawyer Yards and Houston Arts Alliance, we are hosting an art fundraiser on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 11AM to 3PM at Silver Street Studios.

100% of proceeds from the art sales will go to the Houston Arts Alliance Emergency Relief Fund, which will provide stipends to the artists affected by the Winter Street Studio fire. 

Looking for ways to contribute to the Art Fundraiser? We’re looking for artists to donate their work! Proceeds of the art sale will go to the Houston Arts Alliance Emergency Relief Fund which will provide stipends to artists directly affected by the Winter Street Studio fire. The deadline to complete submission form is Monday, January 16th at 11:59PM. 


Soot Remediation Resources provided by The Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TXCERA)

This is a short selection of information about the challenges of dealing with soot-damaged art. They are observations and a starting point for treatment intended to help stabilize artwork and provide time to make informed decisions during the next steps of recovery. We will continue to search for additional resources and will post these updates on the TXCERA Facebook page. 

Please consult a local professional or refer to the AIC – Find A Conservator website for additional contacts and information about treatment.

For more information and resources please visit the TXCERA website,

Resources provided by CERF+