Summit Schedule and Presenters

  Early-bird Registration now open!  

Scholarship opportunities are available. Deadline is June 21, 2019.

More info...

2019 SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE (detailed schedule below)

Friday, July 19th Saturday, July 20th
10:00AM - 2:00PM 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Arts Resource Expo Summit Check-In + Community Breakfast
Hosted in partnership with HAA
Free + Open to the Public 9:30PM - 10:00AM
Morning Plenary
NOON- 2:00PM 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Summit Registration/ Check-In Breakout Period D
Open Networking 4 Concurrent Sessions
11:30AM - 12:45PM
2:00PM - 3:00PM Breakout Period E
Welcome + Opening Exercise 4 Concurrent Sessions
3:00PM - 3:40PM
Mini Breakout Period A 12:45P - 2:00PM
Lunch Break
3:50PM - 4:30PM Large Group Discussion
Mini Breakout Period B
4:40PM - 5:20PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM
Mini Breakout Period C Breakout Period F
4 Concurrent Sessions
5:30PM -7:00PM
Cocktail Reception 3:45PM - 5:00PM
Keynote Presentations Breakout Period G
4 Concurrent Sessions
7:30PM - 8:45PM 5:15PM - 6:30PM
Mentor Power Hour Dine Arounds Closing Remarks
Optional Happy Hour

  $125 Early-bird Registration

Includes 2-day conference pass, meals and snacks, and all summit materials.



Stay tuned for updates!

3:00PM - 3:40PM

Session A1 

Experience Sharing

Creative Career Paths 

There’s no one way to become an artist; we each come to our creative practice through our personal journeys and motivations. Artists will share their stories in how they came into their artistic practice and, hopefully, motivate others to appreciate theirs. 

Session A2

Creative Self-Care

Art & Healing

with Carla Sue and Eepi Chaad

The role of art in the healing processes is vital for many, combining the artistic and the medical worlds in creative ways. Artists will discuss how mental/physical health plays an integral role in their creative and/or administrative practices.

3:50PM - 4:30PM

Session B1

Experience Sharing

Why Go for Grants, Residencies, and/or Fellowships? 

with Moe Penders and Julia Barbosa Landois

You’ve heard of all these grants, residencies, and fellowships, but what do they even do? These local artists have received said opportunities, in Houston, and will discuss the application process, pros, cons, and what they were able to do with their funds and/or space. 

Session B2

Creative Self-Care

Is selling your art selling your soul?

Can you make money off your art without compromising your art credentials? These artists know so! This roundtable will facilitate a discussion regarding what artists really mean when fearing “selling their soul.”

4:40PM - 5:20PM

Session C

Arts Resources 

No one organization holds all the resources, so we invited as many as we could to talk about who they serve and how. This session will cap off Friday’s breakout periods to get attendees on the same page as to what Houston has to offer for artists. 

10:00AM - 11:15AM

Session D1


Financial Literacy 

with Frost Bank

A Frost Community Representative will teach a class from their FDIC Money Smart Curriculum titled ‘Money Matters.’ Participants learn about how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and increase income. 

Session D2



with Erin McClarty

What is a copyright? How do I get one? When does it start? What’s eligible for copyright? All these questions, and more, will be answered by legal expert and lawyer Erin McClarty. She will also address additional ways an artist can protect their creative endeavors. 

Session D3


Step Up Your Instagram Game 

with Ellyse Espinoza

Social Media expert Ellyse Espinoza will provide an overview of successful marketing strategies for artists and creative entrepreneurs, such as: visual branding and how to incorporate it with social media; identifying your unique target audience; attracting followers and creating engagement on social media; and marketing items that artists need (business cards, media kit, elevator speech, networking plan, etc.)

Session D4


Resume/CV/Portfolio Basics 

You have work, experience, and exhibitions to your name, but how do you show that to others? What’s the difference between a resume, CV, and portfolio, anyways? This session will go over best practices on how to build and structure your creative history into a presentable format and which template suits your needs best.

Session D5

Peer Learning Roundtable

Goal Setting 

with Eepi Chaad

What are your goals for the next year? 5 years? 10 years? Participate in this discussion to get some guidance, inspiration, and/or affirmation on how to best plan for your creative practice, whether it be realistically, financially, logistically, or spiritually.

11:30AM - 12:45PM

Session E1


Funding 101 

with Marci Reagan Dallas

Want funding but don’t know where to start? Like, what’s a 501(c)3, and do I need it to apply for grants? This Seminar will cover funding basics by establishing working definitions of common funding terms, options, and their differences. Resources on where to find and how to apply for funds will also be explored.

Session E2



with Erin McClarty

Put it in writing! Legal expert and lawyer Erin McClarty will discuss what to consider when writing a contract for creative endeavors, what should be in every contract, and other typical provisions. 

Session E3


Essentials of PR + Digital Marketing for Artists

with Medley, Inc.

This session will cover essential tools to launch an effective PR campaign, along with a digital strategy to compliment your earned media efforts. We will cover: essential marketing collateral needed prior to launching a campaign; best practices on pitching to the press; free tools to discover media opportunities; top tips on managing and streamlining social media efforts; and key strategies for artist and arts organizations online.

Session E4


A Fresh Arts Resources Introduction & Discussion 

with Reyes Ramirez

Fresh Arts has undergone some changes within the last few years, but we’ve always stayed consistent in providing resources and programming to Houston artists. Programs Outreach Coordinator Reyes Ramirez will provide an overview of Fresh Arts’ programs, continuing and new, and lead a conversation as to how to best use them to your advantage. Ideal for Houston-based creatives.

Session E5

Peer Learning Roundtable

DIY Event Planning 

with Deborah DEEP Mouton

If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Some events just don’t vibe in a traditional art space or fulfill typical modes of artistic practices, thus barring them from institutional support. Members of this panel have organized and/or founded arts-centered events, either from scratch or minimal resources, and will discuss pros, cons, best practices, and what to keep in mind if you ever feel so adventurous. 

2:15PM - 3:30PM

Session F1


The Art of Taxes 

with Kathy Ploch

Structured with artists in mind, this seminar is designed to walk you through your tax return, addressing common artist concerns and important IRS regulations pertaining to creative practices. Topics covered include: What it means to be self-employed/independent contractor; What the self-employment tax is and how it is paid; Keeping records of income and expenses; Which expenses are deductible; What is needed to prepare your taxes; etc. 

Session F2


Fiscal Sponsorship 

with Jessica Dodington

Fundraise like a nonprofit without the administrative burden so you can focus on what's really important: Your project! Fresh Arts offers a fiscal sponsorship program which allows artists and arts organizations to create methods to support our creative community outside of traditional nonprofit models. Fiscal Sponsorship Manager Jessica Dodington will discuss how this model can be of great use to artists in Houston.

Session F3


Email Marketing Campaigns 

Do you collect emails of those who visit your studio/event/shop/etc.? Sending out emails about your projects, exhibitions, fundraisers, products, etc. is one important tactic to maintaining contact with your supporters and potential collectors. This session will cover strategies and best practices in producing targeted email campaigns that build brand awareness and keep your fans in tune with you.

Session F4


Applications 101 

with Yeiry Guevara

Grants, fellowships, residencies, etc. etc. They all require an application, but where do you even start? Artist, writer, and Grants Manager for Houston Arts Alliance Yeiry Guevara will cover application basics by establishing working definitions of common application terms, best practices, and what to look out for when applying for certain opportunities. 

Session F5

Peer Learning Roundtable

Project Networking 

It’s one thing to engage in your creative practice. It’s another thing to collaborate with others, plan an event, or step outside the bounds of your discipline. Get in on this conversation to discuss potential collaborators, ideas, and your expectations for a successful project. You might find someone willing to partner with you, even.

3:45AM - 5:00AM

Session G1


Project Budgeting 

with Jessica Dodington

You have the idea, excited collaborators, a space in mind, and some possible dates, but what’s it going to cost? Not only do grants often ask for project budgets but having the financial blueprint of your project can make or break your efforts. Fiscal Sponsorship Manager Jessica Dodington will provide budget samples, advice on what to consider, and successful strategies.

Session G2


Business Planning 101 

According to the NEA, artists are 3.5 times more likely than the total U.S. workforce to be self-employed. X will provide an overview of what artists should keep in mind before opening a business for or going full-time with their creative practice, such as: legal structures, market analysis, services or product lines, financial projections, overhead & profit, etc. 

Session G3


SEO Basics & Strategy 

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. This session will provide working definitions and an overview of best practices to make your digital content more findable on major search engines.

Session G4


Artist Statement/Biography Workshop 

with Icess Fernandez Rojas

Galleries, publications, grant applications, etc. all ask for artist statements and/or bios and having them at the ready will simplify so many things. Houston writer and professor Icess Fernandez Roja will identify and explain the major considerations when creating an artist’s statement and bio, their differences, and offer insight and feedback on what makes a strong statement/bio. 

Session G5

Peer Learning Roundtable

Behind Closed Doors: Demystifying Evaluation Panels 

with Leslie Contreras Schwartz and Deidre Thomas

You have, or want to, submit to grants, fellowships, residencies, etc. Once you submit your application, though, what happens between then and the results? Members of this panel have served on or assembled evaluation committees and will discuss best practices on what to do and not before hitting send, what to expect, and answer any questions.


(more to be announced)

Ellyse Espinoza is the owner of State Line Designs, a local apparel company and founder of the HTX Boss Babes, a community that hosts festivals and supports female entrepreneurs and creatives around town. She has a background in Graphic Design and started State Line Designs, her first company, at 26 in order to create cute, and comfy sports inspired tees for the city she loves. After only eight months, Ellyse was able to leave her job in education and be a stay at home mom and entrepreneur full time. State Line is going on year five and is just getting started. Ellyse leverages social media to grow her Instagram following and now is one of the most recognized apparel lines in Houston.

Icess Fernandez is a writer, professor, and blogger. She is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA program. Her work has been published in Rabble Lit, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and the Feminine Collective's anthology Notes from Humanity. Her nonfiction has appeared in Dear Hope,, HuffPost and the Guardian. She is a recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alum, and is also a Kimbilio Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Lone Star College.

Yeiry Guevara is a creative with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Currently, she is the newest Grants Manager for Houston Arts Alliance. Previously, she served as Manager of Consultants and Programs for National Executive Service Corps (NESC). She was responsible for program/volunteer management, data information system and digital marketing campaigns. Yeiry is also a writer, translator and multimedia artist. Her work, which deals with inter-generational healing, identity and memory, has appeared in Bust Magazine, VICE, and Remezcla. Her mediums range from gifs, embroidery, photography and zines. As an engaging public speaker, she has presented at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Twitter Headquarters, Columbia University, and Zine Fest Houston among many other places. Learn more at

Kathy Ploch is a CPA and the Entrepreneurial Services Department Manager at Harper & Pearson Company, P. C. She has been in public accounting preparing all types of taxes for 30 years and has worked with small nonprofit organizations for more than 15 years. Ploch is a past president of the Houston CPA Society as well as Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA). She is an active volunteer in the VITA program, which offers tax preparation assistance to low-income individuals. Ploch has also offered numerous workshops and talks with Houston Arts Alliance and Fresh Arts. 

In 2008, when social media was newly on the rise, Ashley Small set out on a mission to marry traditional PR with the latest trends in technology. Since then, she has launched a boutique PR and digital marketing agency, Medley Inc., and has worked with organizations such as Major League Baseball, AT&T, The City of Houston and The Rose Houston to meet their marketing goals, specifically geared towards African American and Latino consumers. 

A Google AdWords certified specialist, Ashley has been nationally recognized by Fast Company Magazine, the Canada Broadcast Network, ABC, FOX and more as an expert in business, technology, social media and public relations. She is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and Leadership Houston as well as one of Houston Business Journal’s 2018 40 under 40 leading professionals and the 2019 HYPE Impact Business Leader award winner.

Cultured Cocktails benefiting This Side of the Rainbow

Since its inception in 2018, Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails has raised nearly $100,000 for Houston Area artists and arts organizations.

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, June 6th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support This Side of the Rainbow. So enjoy a drink or two, meet the This Side of the Rainbow team, and take-in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support This Side of the Rainbow so don't be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for This Side of the Rainbow.

About This Side of the Rainbow:

We provide a therapeutic summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth; monthly groups for LGBTQ+ youth and their parents/guardians; and educational programs on working with the LGBTQ+ community for mental health professionals, schools, churches; corporations, and other community organizations. 

Learn more about This Side of the Rainbow HERE.

About Cultured Cocktails:
Cultured Cocktails is a community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts and takes place EVERY Thursday during the 5:00-8:00PM happy hour at Boheme Café & Wine Bar (307 Fairview St.). Each Cultured Cocktails event features a different local artist, arts organization, or arts project. Participating artists and arts groups receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour. 

Powered by Fresh Arts, the Cultured Cocktails program is generously sponsored by Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar.
Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.
Jun 27, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
Happy hour: 5-8pm

Comicpalooza Live Art Auction benefiting Fresh Arts

Comicpalooza's Live Art Auction

benefiting Fresh Arts

Live Art Auction is an evening event where Comicpalooza artists donate time and creativity to produce unique pieces of art, not only for an evening of entertainment but to raise money for Fresh Arts, a charity that champions our local art community to succeed in the business of art and make a living as artists. The number of artists that participant in the Live Art Charity Auction varies from year to year as do the creative backgrounds and disciplines, including painting and drawing.

Comicpalooza attendees are invited to watch these creations come to life and to bid on their favorites during the silent auction that’s going on simultaneously.

Limited edition stickers and featured guest appearances by GONZO247, Fariba Abedin, and David Maldonado.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 7:00PM to 11:00PM

Location: George R Brown Convention Center, Hall C Lobby 

Free and open to the public!

All bidding concludes at 11:00 pm sharp and must be paid for immediately after. You must be present to win.

May 11, 2019
Hall C, first floor.
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:00 to 11:00pm
Event Type: 

Comicalooza Artist Panel presented by Fresh Arts

Image by David Maldonado @capdavjon

Comicpalooza Artist Panel:
How Local Artists are Reimagining Entrepreneurship
presented by Fresh Arts

Saturday, May 11, 2019  | 4:30-5:30pm
George R Brown Convention Center, Room #361AD

Going to Comicpalooza? Join Fresh Arts for an artist-led conversation on arts and entrepreneurship. Discussion points will include sustainable income streams, the creative process, and local resources for artists. The panel will feature three local artists who maintain a creative entrepreneur practice spanning different forms of public engagement in the arts.

No registration is necessary for Comicpalooza attendees.

Panelists will include:

David Maldonado is a Houston based multidisciplinary artist and musician, whose medium has varied from canvases and large-scale murals to cleats worn by professional athletes. As a Hispanic artist, he believes that there is an importance in reflecting his culture, tradition and good storytelling through the forms of art. 

Follow him on Instagram @capdavjon

Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is an award-winning performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. Bean uses poetry to collaborate with other mediums and institutions and has been recognized as the first poet to perform on the main stage production of Houston Ballet’s PLAY. He is also the founder of Plus Fest, the everything plus poetry festival, an innovative, one-day festival provides a platform for nationally renowned spoken-word artists and poets to fuse their work alongside and in collaboration with local visual artists, videographers, DJ’s, musicians plus more.  In 2017 he served in the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident program and is a 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund recipient. Follow him @outspokenbean and @plusfest

Anastasia Kirages is a Houston-based zinester, art lover, and occasional traditional Greek dancer. She publishes zines under an open-ended imprint called Modernizm and helps organize Zine Fest Houston (ZFH). In addition to her work with ZFH, she is a member of DAMN GXRL, a feminist booking collective, and also volunteers her time whenever she can with The Printing Museum, Girl’s Rock Camp Houston, and The Montrose Center. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, moved back to Houston that same year, and became involved in the zine scene in 2011. Her zines have been included in shows such as The Zine Society Library at CentralTrak (Dallas, TX), ZINESHOW at Tymutopiyapres (Lviv, Ukraine) and Amsterdam Zine Jam at Mediamatic Fabriek (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a by-any-means-necessary media artist, movie maker, and instigator who grew up in the MTV-era 1980s. When she received her first video camera at age 13, she was off and running, creating video stories and mini-epics. Over the last 15 years as founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures, she has written, produced, and directed more than 30 award-winning, genre-splitting short films. She started Señorita Cinema, an all-Latina film festival based in Texas and now in its fifth year. She is recipient of a S.W.A.M.P. Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship, The Idea Fund, and The Lawndale Artist Studio Program. When not making movies and hosting super fun events she also makes Art Cars, VHS furniture and her own line of Ded Celeb Prayer Candles.

After the panel, visit the Comicpalooza Live Art Auction located on the first floor of the convention center from 7:00-11:00pm. Auction proceeds benefit Fresh Arts, a nonprofit that champions local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.

May 11, 2019
Featured panel for registered Comicpalooza attendees. For $1 off Day Passes and $3 off Weekend Passes use discount code:  fresharts
4:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:

Paid Summer Internships!

The Printing Museum


The Printing
is excited to offer internships during the Summer and Fall of 2019.
Motivated undergraduate students majoring in art and/or art history and
interested in gaining professional experience in a thriving museum are
encouraged to apply. Internships are in the following subject areas: 




Education and Interpretation



To find out more about each internship and their requirements, visit our website page:



Internships are 13 weeks long to be mutually determined
during these periods: 


Summer (June, July and August)


Fall (August, September, October and



Interns will work 10-15 hours per week, the weekly
schedule to be mutually determined. 



A $500 stipend will be provided with each fellowship. 



Application deadline: 
May 21, 2019

Interviews will take place after the application deadline.

Notification will be made before June/End of May.

Internships may begin: 
June 10, 2019


Please submit with a copy of your resume, cover letter, and
two references with contact information. 
Your cover letter should include:



 In which internship
are you interested and why?


why your study focus and career goals are appropriate for this internship?


would you like to get out of this experience?


Email your application documents with “«Last Name»
Internship Application” in the subject line to 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.

BioArte Bayou-torium

901 N York St 

Houston, TX 77003


Dear friends,

The Bayou-torium must raise $10,000 by the end of its pilot phase on April 28th. With the pending announcement of the "Let Creativity Grant" from the City of Houston and the Houston Art Alliance this project is a third of the way of reaching its fundraising goal. However, the BioArt Bayou-torium still needs your help to make this sustainable. 

This unique bilingual art project in the East End/2nd Ward creates an opportunity for the local residents and neighborhoods to have an aesthetic experience with Buffalo Bayou. A science lab equipped with microscopes, imaging equipment and art supplies, with pontoon boat tours along the Bayou are manned by bilingual artists/laboratory assistants and docents. All of this is FREE and open to the public for people of all ages. Your help makes the BioArt Bayou-torium a reality! 

Your financial donations go to pay for: desktop microscopes; art supplies (such as watercolor, brushes, paper, glue, scissors); painting and signage for the shipment container; fair wages for artists assistants, tour boat docents and our boat captain; port-a-potty rental; installation of electrical outlets inside the container; a full-color inkjet printer and paper; laboratory equipment; and an outdoor wash sink.

All donations are tax deductible. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership acts as the project’s fiscal sponsor.



official hours / horas oficiales -

Open Saturday and Sunday / Abierto Sabado y Domingo:
April 13-14: 10am – 5pm
April 20-21: 10am – 5pm
April 27-28: 10am – 5pm

SAT 4-13: 3-4pm 
SUN 4-14: 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm 
SAT 4-20 : 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm 
SUN 4-21 : 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm 
SAT 4-27 : 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm 
SUN 4-28 : 1-2pm 

For more information:

Apr 27, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Dance Source Houston and Houston Arts Alliance are partnering to offer a free workshop, exclusively for the dance community, to assist with the overwhelming task of preparing for a future disaster. While we hope for it never to happen, we know there will be unforeseen natural and manmade emergencies ahead and now is the time to prepare. This workshop will provide tools to help you protect your audiences, avoid losses, demystify insurance coverage, address storing assets in the cloud, and more.

The workshop will be held Thursday, April 25th at 2pm in the Houston Arts Alliance Gallery located at 3201 Allen Parkway, and will be facilitated by Ellen Korpar, a nationally recognized nonprofit disaster preparation expert. Please RSVP by Friday, April 19 to reserve a seat for your organization at this workshop.

Apr 25, 2019
2:00 pm

Cultured Cocktails benefiting Ángel Lartigue

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, May 30th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support Ángel Lartigue  So enjoy a drink or two, meet Ángel Lartigue, and take-in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the Ángel Lartigue  so don't be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for Ángel Lartigue

About Ángel Lartigue:
Ángel Lartigue is an artist born and raised in Houston TX. Recently I've been accepted to take part of the residency, SymbioticA, at the University of Western Australia in Perth. I am raising money for my travel expenses, living costs and residency bench fees for SymbioticA. The residency asks for a three month minimum stay but planning to stay at least a full six months, for the 2019 semester starting August. Founded by two bioartists, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, the residency is the first of its kind, an experimental artistic laboratory where researchers from all over the world create space, ask questions and critically engage with the life sciences. This residency will greatly benefit my current artistic projects and will be a stepping stone into furthering my career. Learn more about Ángel Lartigue HERE.

About Cultured Cocktails:
Cultured Cocktails is a community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts and takes place EVERY Thursday during the 5:00-8:00PM happy hour at Boheme Café & Wine Bar (307 Fairview St.). Each Cultured Cocktails event features a different local artist, arts organization, or arts project. Participating artists and arts groups receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour. 

Since its inception in 2008, the program has raised more than $100,000 for hundreds of local artists and arts projects!
Powered by Fresh Arts, the Cultured Cocktails program is generously sponsored by Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar.
Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.

May 30, 2019
A portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support Ángel Lartigue.. 
5:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
Happy hour: 5-8pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


Fresh Arts |  The Silos at Sawyer 1502 Sawyer St, Studio #103 Houston, TX 77007