Friday, July 19, 2019
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Silver Street Studios
Free and open to the public
Join Fresh Arts for an evening kick-off to the first annual Fresh Arts Summit! Featured presentations include a performance by SonKiss’d Dance Theater, an artist talk with famed Houston artist GONZO247, and a dynamic talk on the state of today's artists. with featured Keynote Speaker Diane Scott.
This event is free and open to the public.
Note: Registered Summit attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to signup for "Mentor Power Hour" Dine-Arounds with select presenters and artists following the Keynote Presentation.
About the presenters:
Featured Keynote Presenter: Diane Scott
Described by artists she’s worked with as a “goal fairy,” Diane Scott uses the power of artists’ stories and community to take the magic out of the “non-art” part of a successful artist’s practice. Diane creates processes, systems, networks and carefully curated experiences to help collegiate arts faculty employ her tools in their personal artistic practices and then mentor the processes with their students. Founder and designer of the nationally recognized Artist INC artist professional development program, Diane now focuses on bringing her tools into the undergraduate arts arena both as an Associate Professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and through her writing, research, and workshops.
Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247 was born and raised in Houston, Texas. GONZO was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught artist in 1985. He opened Aerosol Warfare Gallery, founded The Graffiti & Street Art Art Museum of Texas (2015), produced an Aerosol Warfare video series, established a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city’s first largest art production of its kind), has participated in over 50 exhibitions and art projects while also working with top brand campaigns that speak to urban communities. He has evolved his studio art from aerosol on canvas to aerosol on layered plexiglass using a backwards painting technique. He creates art on a local, national and international level. He is well known as an upstanding artist and an early-on pioneer in the graffiti and street art genres in Houston, Texas; he manages Aerosol Warfare and continues to create art, murals and team-based productions. He has served several communities in his local hometown Houston, Texas through teaching his medium and volunteering his time to fellow artists and art groups throughout his career. Some of the local organizations he has worked with are TEDxYouth Houston, Avenue CDC - Art on The Avenue, DiverseWorks, Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, The Orange Show Center and Project Row Houses.
SonKiss’d Dance Theater was founded in January of 2012 by 3 free spirited, professional and energetic dancers with a call on their lives to inspire through performing arts and entertainment. It all began with one piece of choreography titled The Sound of Silence performed by the 3 founding members. The Sound of Silence was a 4minute routine using the movements of Contemporary, Jazz, and Street dance with no music, no words and no sounds. Not knowing how the audience was going to respond, they took a risk and it instantly paid off. After the company’s debut performance, Sonkiss’d realized they had something people wanted and that was quality entertainment with an encouraging message. After performing in top venues around the city such as the Wortham Theater and the Hobby Center and collaborating with top Contemporary and Modern dance teams in Houston, Sonkiss’d Dance Theater decided to start producing their own shows. On April 27, 2013 Sonkiss’d Dance Theater produced their first production, The Chronicles of Creation. Now four years later with a full roster of performers Sonkiss’d has produced dozens of shows between Houston, Charlotte and New York City including their most outrageous production yet, Moving Mountains which was set at the Texas Rock Gym. With their ability to do anything they put their minds too, Sonkiss’d created an hour long, sold out production with dancers dancing and swinging 20 feet in the air on rock walls that included live painting and poetry. Sonkiss’d takes pride in the continued stories and comments on how their productions leave audience members inspired and uplifted which pushes them to keep creating and providing inspirational art.
Silver Street Studios,
Building Entrance #1
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007