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Andrés Paredes "Eternal Spring" Opening Reception

Andrés Paredes 
"Eternal Spring"

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 2018
January 12 – February 24, 2018

Samara Gallery is proud to present "Eternal Spring", a solo exhibition of works by Argentinian Artist Andrés Paredes. This body of work furthers his fifteen-year long interest in the Paraná rainforest in Misiones and the depiction of its universes.

He states, “I choose insects undergoing major transformations, such as butterflies, cicadas and dragonflies, and I place on them the great metaphor of the transformation every human being pursues - the wish to redefine ourselves and change.”

Andrés Paredes (Apóstoles, Misiones, 1979) is an Argentinean visual artist and designer, holding a degree from the School of Arts of the National University of Misiones. In 2017 he formed part of the exhibition The Latin American Experience, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in 2016, his works represented the Province of Misiones at the Bicentennial of Argentina’s Independence Exhibitions in San Miguel de Tucumán. His works have been incorporated to private collections in Argentina and several foreign countries. He lives and works between Misiones and Buenos Aires, with one workshop in Apóstoles and another in the Art District in La Boca.

Jan 12, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Project Mars Film and Poster Competition

Join NASA’s Orion and Space Launch Systems teams and SciArt Exchange in visualizing humans venturing into deep space, to the Moon and beyond to Mars.  Interested college students and early career professionals worldwide are invited to submit short films and graphic art about this mission, what astronauts may see, and their dreams for the future of exploration.


Entries will be judged by film and graphics industry professionals and NASA astronauts. Winning entries will be screened at an Opening Event at NASA visitor centers, NASA museum consortium members, micro cinemas, and other interested venues in Fall 2018. The top film will win $10,000, and the top poster will win $1500.


Entries are due August 31, 2018.

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CultureWorks - Community Director

Community Director (full time, salaried)
CultureWorks Greater Houston seeks a seasoned cultural leader for the full-time position of Community Director. This position is part of our Community Engagement Team and is responsible for membership development, member management, and the overall quality of experience that members enjoy. This position reports for the moment to the Chief Commons Director, but eventually will report to the Vice President for Community Development.

CultureWorks is an emerging, national, nonprofit “management commons” model—a platform for sharing essential support systems for the arts and heritage community. The Houston office is supported by and receives technical assistance, core management technologies, impact assessment tools, and access to capital resources under its license from the national supporting organization, CultureWorks Commons Management, which maintains a charter relationship with each office, currently Philadelphia and Houston. Under our mission “to provide arts, heritage, and creative practitioners equitable access to the resources they need to flourish”, CultureWorks’ management commons offers a flexible and affordable array of integrated services, focusing on human capital, systems, policies, best practices, and a shared nonprofit umbrella. We build and share all of the essential supporting services that individual cultural practitioners and nonprofit organizations or creative enterprises need for their programs, work, or services to succeed. These include staff to manage finance, compliance, HR, legal, fundraising, marketing, and data, in addition to flex and interim staffing, office and meeting space, advisory services, basic insurances, and nonprofit status itself. CultureWorks Greater Houston serves the ten-county region around Houston encompassing the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Waller.

CultureWorks Greater Houston is a new office—our first beyond our founding office in Philadelphia—and the Lead Community Director will be part of the start-up leadership team, supported by CultureWorks Commons Management. With support from the Houston Endowment, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas and philanthropist Brad Bucher we have completed a seven-month research, community engagement, and start-up business planning process. We have secured interest from a core of Founding Members, as well as commitments for capital to establish the new office. In its first phase of work, this position will lead the development of our Founding Membership in Houston, and support other start-up needs, such as the fit-out of our shared workspace, and the implementation of systems, practices, and policies developed by CultureWorks, among others.

The Community Director represents the mission and vision of CultureWorks Greater Houston to the community at large, but is chiefly responsible for the development and maintenance of superior member experience, collaborating internally to identify program performance improvement opportunities, and managing execution of key membership-related initiatives. TheCommunity Director will act upon member experience feedback and metrics, build strategies for member development, facilitate meetings with stakeholders, drive community dialogue and planning, and otherwise support successful delivery of our services. Candidates for this position should demonstrate:

A history of dynamic and successful leadership and a strong knowledge of the cultural community in Greater Houston along the full spectrum of arts and humanities.
The ability to lead in a changing environment and build constituency. Our Houston office is new and our first national expansion. The ability to lead community development is essential.
The compassion, empathy, and drive of a social worker. CultureWorks’ team must be able to understand and embrace the diverse needs of individual artists and organizations.
Relentless optimism and omnivorous curiosity. We work to solve difficult problems every day across a vast spectrum of cultural practice. Our job is to be able to say, “Yes, that’s possible.”
A critical eye and willingness to tinker with best practice. We are committed to innovation and a restless sense that anything can be improved with iteration and incremental risk.
A strong fiduciary sensibility. This position must embrace the complexity of building a commons through the development of equitable and transparent policies and practices.
The ability to set curatorial impulses aside. We are not arbiters of taste or cultural practice; we provide the platform upon which culture may flourish.
A collaborative work ethic. Our working culture is horizontal and depends on a high degree of self-management, initiative, communication, and collaboration from all staff and leadership.

Drive initial Founding Member development strategy for CultureWorks, including individual and group member outreach, readiness assessment, on-boarding, and ongoing management.

With the Chief Commons Director, set key revenue milestones and strategies for membership development related to those goals; ensure that revenue and membership goals are met.

Draft and share key institutional communications about policy and practice that affect the membership, and oversee marketing, and public/member communications channels.

Ensure that we are delivering the highest level of customer service to members and address any issues that may require adjustments to overall policy and practice.

Oversee and participate in ongoing outreach to the broader community: giving presentations, attending conferences and meetings, symposiums, workshops and other related gatherings.

Participate in overall workflow in concert with the Chief Commons Director, Marketing & Communications Director, and Consulting Director.

Lead team growth among Community Directors: foster personal wellbeing and professional development, recruit top talent, and develop core practices. 

Assess cross-program needs/desires for events, workshops, and training relevant to our members and assist with implementing workshops, strategic grantseeking, and other initiatives.

A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent and at least 3 years of nonprofit management experience
A strong background in program community engagement, development, and customer service
Demonstrated experience in managing a portfolio of relationships
Strong knowledge of the arts and heritage/humanities, as well as a cultural policy and practice
Experience working with artistic/curatorial, executive, and board leadership of diverse cultures
General knowledge of nonprofit financial management, fundraising, marketing, and operations
General knowledge of charitable law, in particular relating to the field of fiscal sponsorship
Superior communications, interpersonal, and team collaboration skills
Proficiency in basic management technologies (Microsoft Office, CRMs, databases, and others)

Please send in PDF form a cover letter, resume, and three references to Shannon Buggs, Chief Commons Director at the address Applications mailed through the USPS or faxed are not accepted. The deadline for applying is December 8, 2017. CultureWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, gender, or sexual identity. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The baseline for this salary in CultureWorks’ salary distribution system is $55,000. CultureWorks offers a full benefit package, including an unlimited paid time off policy, a wellbeing allowance, health insurance, and access to a 403(b) retirement account. is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Looking Ahead to 2018 - United Way Workshop


Worried about the year ahead?  
Discover three strategies that will help reinforce your 2018 planning right now:

Customer Relations Management/CRM Software 
Google Nonprofit Advertising Grants
Charity Ratings Organizations 

Join us for an all-day power-packed workshop event

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
United Way of Greater Houston
Registration fee: 
$30 per session; $75 for all three sessions
order lunch for an additional $10


Planning for Positive Change with Customer Relations Management/CRM Software
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

It is FINALLY in the plan this year to replace your current mishmash of information sources with a new Nonprofit Constituent Relationship Management (Nonprofit CRM) system. Now what? Change can be scary for nonprofit teams that are already maxed out on their time and energy - never mind having to go through a transition to a new way of doing things. In this session, we'll explore some things you can do to make this a more positive process for you and your team - and get to the other side with more smiles than tears.


Tapping in to Google’s $120,000 Nonprofit Advertising Grant– What’s the Catch?
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Google provides each eligible 501(c)3 with $120,000/year worth of free advertising annually. Here’s the catch - you have to use it or lose it. More importantly, you want to use it to better support your mission - so visitors who come through those ads become volunteers, event attendees, program participants, advocates or donors. Engaging and nurturing that visitor is the key. In this session, we'll share ideas for how to create a plan using a digital marketing stream that's powered by that $120,000 Google Grant with your name on it.


How are Charity Ratings Organizations Evaluating Your Charity?
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Today, there are many charity watch organizations providing information on nonprofits – and you can count on prospective donors to use them. But who are they and how are their charity ratings composed? What could this mean for you? This session covers 4 of the well-known ones: Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, Guidestar, and GreatNonprofits. Each provides valuable information about charities to individual and institutional philanthropists looking to make a financial contribution - potentially to your organization.


Click here to register.

Due Date: Dec 12, 2017
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CAMH - Chief Advancement Officer (CAO)

CAMH leadership is enhancing the current development program with a newly created Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) position. The CAO would be tasked with increasing the donor base and pipeline for major gifts as well as lay the groundwork for the next major capital campaign. The CAO will work with senior leadership and the Board of Trustees to develop and set into motion a strategic and comprehensive plan to significantly increase contributed revenue for the operating and capital needs of CAMH. A successful candidate will have substantial experience in a similar capacity and a proven track record of meeting goals and expanding the donor base. The ideal candidate will have a passion for contemporary art, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to increase CAMH’s role in the international arts community. The complete job description can be found, here. To apply, send cover letter and resume to the attention of Shane L. Platt at

Due Date: Dec 13, 2017 is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

CAMH - FAQ Team Member

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is seeking new members to add to its current FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Team line up. FAQ Team Members are hourly, non-exempt employees who work a flexible schedule based on tour and programming needs. The FAQ Team is a group of artists and art historians who assist with contextualizing CAMH’s dynamic exhibitions for diverse audiences through discussion-based tours and related hands-on art making workshops. CAMH is seeking artist-practitioners and art historians to lead tours and workshops for elementary, high school, and college/university students as well as for a variety of community groups. Bilingual English/Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply, as are other bilingual speakers to accommodate CAMH’s tour offerings in Spanish. A FAQ Team member shares a flexible schedule with others on the FAQ Team staff that is based around the Museum’s regular public hours, including some evenings and weekends. FAQ Team members must be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school year. FAQ Team members support CAMH’s public programs and outreach in the community and schools. The employee has a significant role at the institution and represents the Museum and its mission to the general public. The complete job description can be found, here. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “FAQ Team Member.”

Due Date: Dec 13, 2017 is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Collaged Collections Workshop

Collaged Collections Workshop
Sunday, December 10, 2017
1 -3 PM
O'Quinn Gallery
$5 - Lawndale Members 
$10 - Non-Members 

Join Lawndale Sunday, December 10 from 1 - 3 for our Collaged Collections Workshop inspired wit Layla Luna's I Saw Nobody Coming, So I Went Instead on view in Cavnar Gallery until Sunday, January 7, 2018. In this workshop, participants will use various collectible items such as shells, reproductions of prehistoric art, and coins to create collage composition inspired by Luna's work, which contemplates the meaning of objects we hold dear.

Due Date: Dec 10, 2017
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Conversation with Lynn Randolph and Jeffrey J. Kripal

Conversation with the artist and Jeffrey J. Kripal
Wednesday, December 13, 2017     7 PM

Lawndale Art Center

Frequent collaborators, Lawndale is pleased to present Lynn Randolph and Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, in conversation about art, religion, and the spiritual in contemporary society. Cocktails will begin at 6pm, with the conversation beginning at 7pm.

Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds
Curated by Susie Kalil
October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Between Worlds responds to Randolph's ongoing work with palliative care patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Comprised of approximately twenty drawings, these painstakingly rendered works deftly combine elements of the weird and scientific with acute psychological and metaphoric realism and builds bridges to the spiritual. In the words of curator Susie Kalil: "Lynn Randolph's drawings come to grips with the realities of who we are, a spiritual tenor both dire and redeeming. Her works have soul as well as nerve- a sustained shriek about power and morality in a new global era. The silent fear of dying informs Randolph's drawings, which ambush us with relentless personal conviction and spellbinding strangeness. Caught up in the medical paradigm of cure, we assent to heroic measures that may deprive us of final dignity. What is death and what does loss mean? What has happened to death as a community event and mourning as a communal practice? Randolph's drawings remind us that we are embodied beings yearning for communion with one another, that we suffer pain and loss; that we struggle to transcend our bodies and our anguish by connecting with outer worlds and inner realms."

Lynn Randolph grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. She earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Her paintings have appeared in many texts as they inform topics such as feminism, religion, cultural studies, and contemporary art. Randolph's paintings have been exhibited and collected in permanent museum collections and other public and private institutions including: Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Menil Collection. In 2008,Randolph became an artist in residence at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she considers herself a translator helping patients realize their memories, dreams and reflections on their lives through art.

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. Jeff is the author of numerous books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms (with Ata Anzali, Andrea R. Jain, and Erin Prophet), Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred and Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in American history for the University of Chicago Press.

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - CRAFTTEXAS 2018


Application Now Open! Apply here.
Application Deadline: 
April 30, 2018

Exhibition Overview
Organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the finest in Texas-made contemporary craft.  In the fall of 2018, this encompassing exhibition will feature artists from across the state who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found/recycled materials.

The exhibition provides an introduction for the general public to develop an appreciation for the depth and breadth of craft being made in their local communities and across the state. Additionally, this unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections.

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Japan Foundation Grant for Arts and Culture (rolling)



Grant type: Post-paid grant
Proposal deadline: Rolling (proposal is due at least 3 months prior to the project's starting date)
Funding opportunity: Institutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(C)3 status
Funding maximum: $5,000


The Japan Foundation New York office (JFNY) accepts applications from non-profit organizations for projects that take place within the 37 states east of Rocky Mountains listed below for the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture on a rolling basis throughout the year. This grant aims to support projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Successful projects may be granted up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.


Northeast: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
South: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
Midwest: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI

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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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