Houston's Resident Artist Program (RAP)

Houston's Resident Artist Program (RAP)

Mayor Turner announces Artist Residency Program

Mayor Sylvester Turner announces that the City of Houston is seeking three artists to participate in a pilot Resident Artist Program. The new, 16-week community-impact artist residency will pair Houston artists with city and partner agencies to create art that addresses the issues of community development, veterans, immigrants, and refugees. 

The artists will be hosted by two City departments and two neighborhood-based organizations -the Office of Veteran’s Affairs, the Office of New Americans and Immigrant CommunitiesBaker Ripley and Houston LISC. The artists will be working in the areas of Gulfton, Near Northside and Third Ward. The program will be managed by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA). The pilot aims to document the steps and learning of the participants as a guide for City departments and Houston agencies to use to incorporate artists as thought partners and as part of their strategies. Made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Application Portal + Guidelines:


Deadline:  11:59 PM CST Sunday, August 20, 2017

Budget:  $10,000 

Eligibility:  Greater Houston area artists who have completed Fresh Arts' Artist INC-Houston program or an Individual Artists grant through Houston Arts Alliance 

Visual, performing, literary and multimedia artists are welcome. 

Timeline (subject to change): 

  • July 20, 2017: RFA released 
  • August 20, 2017: Application deadline 
  • September 13, 2017: Announcement by Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • September 25 - January 14, 2018: Residency 

Any questions specific to this RFA should be submitted in writing, via email, to necole.irvin@houstontx.gov with the subject line, "RAP 2017 Application."

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