Request for Proposals: Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019

Do you have an art concept that you would like to bring to life at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala? Please read the Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines before applying.

  • Submittable URL:

  • Submission Deadline:11:59pm on Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Budget:$1,000 (including design, fabrication, installation)

  • Five (5) proposals will be selected

  • Opportunity is open to:Houston-area artists/creatives of all disciplines from emerging to established. Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred. Individuals as well as artist collectives or teams are welcome to apply. All applicants MUST be over the age of 21 and live within a 50-mile radius of Houston.

  • Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to: projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.

Request for Proposals: 

Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019

Fresh Arts is seeking proposals from artists, creatives, or collectives to create five (5) works of art to be showcased at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala held on Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight and during a public pop-up event on Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm. Proposals should incorporate visual elements relating to the “Glow Ball” theme which is open to creative interpretation. Glow theme elements may include, but are not limited to use of neon colors, exploring luminescence and things that glow or involve blacklights, a play on the 80s GLOW wrestling show, etc. Works that create an immersive art experience are preferred. 


A total of five (5) proposals will be selected. The selected artists will each receive $1,000 to complete the project, including design, materials, equipment rental, site preparation, and installation.

Artworks/Installations are to be loaded in and installed on Thursday, March 28. Installation must be completed no later than Noon on Friday, March 29 with deinstallation taking place Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5:30-midnight. Please review the project timeline for more details.


The deadline for applications to be received is 11:59pm on Monday, February, 11, 2019. All applications must be submitted through the provided Submittable portal

 Applicants will be notified of their status onFriday, February 15, 2018 by 5pm. Please do not call for results.

About the Glow Ball gala

Fresh Arts is pleased to announce our Annual Gala fundraiser, the Glow Ball on Friday, March 29 from 8pm – 12am at Silver Street Studios. The Glow Ball experience will culminate with a pop-up event the following day on Saturday, March 30 from 11am–5pm. 


Houston’s biggest artistic party supports the professional development of our community’s vibrant, passionate creatives, raising key funding needed to continue work in strengthening the Houston arts community by supporting the artists who create it. Thus, Fresh Arts leverages the gala as a platform to showcase a wide range of Houston’s artistic talent through performances, live painters, a silent art auction, and wild costumes.


Funds raised from the Glow Ball support Fresh Arts and the development of professional skill-building opportunities for local artist entrepreneurs.  It also supports programming to gain new audiences for rising artists, designers, performers and makers for the benefit of the Houston community.  

View the 2018 gala photos HERE.



Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines


Artist Eligibility

-Open to artists/creatives of all disciplines.

-Artist collectives or creative teams are welcome to apply.

-Artist(s) must live with a 50-mile radius of Houston.

-Artist(s) must be over the age of 21.

-Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred.

-Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to, projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.

Project Guidelines

The selected works will be located indoors at the Silver Street Studios event space which is a 20,000 sq. ft open warehouse with concrete floors, metal sheeting walls, and 26 ft high open beam ceilings. 

Each art installation must encompass a space that is 10’ to 15' wide x 10’ deep with no height restrictions. 

Artists will have access to electrical wall outlets, a scissor lift (signed waiver required to operate), and downlighting will be made available, if needed, to better highlight the artwork/space. All other lighting elements and structures, including design, fabrication, and installation and breakdown are the artist’s responsibility.

Additionally, Fresh Arts will provide:

-Prominent signage with the artist’s name and bio

-Marketing and promotion of the artist’s participation through social media, email blasts, and placement on the Fresh Arts website

-(4) complimentary tickets to the Glow Ball gala (a $400 value)

-A 1-year Fresh Arts Membership (a $65 value)

-$1,000 project stipend (includes design, fabrication, installation and materials) 


Criteria for Selection

Proposals that integrate the following elements will be preferred:

-Fits with the Glow Ball theme

-Shows well in both day and night

-Suitable for indoor display

-Soundly and professionally constructed 

-Appropriate for viewing by visitors of all ages

-Works that creative interactive experiences are preferred

-Cross-disciplinary and/or multimedia collaborative efforts are encouraged 

Project Timeline

Applications open                               Monday, January 21

Applications due                                 Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm

Selected Artists notified                     Friday, February 15 by 5pm

Artist Agreement signed                    Wednesday, February 20

50% Payment                                       Friday, February 22

Installation period                               Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29

Balance Payment                               Upon completion of installation

Installations complete                       No later than Noon on Friday, March 29

Event times                                         Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight 

                                                  and Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm

Deinstallation                                      Saturday, March 30, 5:30pm – 11:59pm


Artist Responsibilities

-Artists are responsible for both the installation and the deinstallation of their work.

-Additionally, artists are responsible for materials and all elements of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of their installation for the entire duration of the event period. Fresh Arts is not responsible for any damage or losses to an installation during the event.

-Artists must allow Fresh Arts to publish videos or images of the installation process, in addition to advertised photography of people interacting with the installed art through the event period. Promotion of the installed works will be provided by Fresh Arts with appropriate attribution to the artist(s).


How to apply

Submit the following information and materials via the Submittable application portal no later than Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm CT 

-Artist/Team info

          -General contact info

          -Names and bios of all participants (250 words or less per bio)

          -Websites, social media links

          -Description of Qualifications + Past Experience

-Detailed Project Description that addresses the following:

          -Overall vision for the project

          -How will you incorporate the Glow theme?

          -Other themes or images presented in your proposed work

-Describe your qualifications for this project

          -Relevant experience with art installations including type, location(s) and length of display

          -Other notable experiences, awards, etc.

-A basic construction or installation plan that includes

          -Method for assembly or construction

          -Dimensions of any structures

          -Electrical or technical specifics

          -Materials and tools used

-Attachments should include:

          -Photos of past work or installations

          -Provide a sketch, photo, or rendering of the proposed art installation. The more visual 

           representations you can provide, the better.

          -Image list with descriptions

About Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts mission is to champion local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.

Our programs help advance the careers of local artists and creative entrepreneurs by complementing their artistic practices through carefully cultivated communities that facilitate shared resources, knowledge, experiences, and audiences. We achieve this through resource sharing, skill building initiatives and through our artist-centered communities’ programs.

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9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival

The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park

105 Sabine St. 

Houston, Texas 77007


Come join us for our 9th annual Houston Palestinan Festival, April 6th and 7th for an exposure of the Palestinian culture and heritage.


Every year comes with great excitement to embrace a special aspect of Palestine, this year we would like to showcase the cities lost in 1948. 


The Festival will include:

-A new and much larger downtown venue: Water Works at Buffalo Bayou

-An exicting cultural collaboration with Cafe Mawal

-Various Palestinian cuisine from local food vendors

-Cultural music and dance performances from all around Palestine

-Palestinian Pagentry where you watch and learn about Palestinian thobes

-Showcase of a traditional Palestinian wedding

-A new larger kids entertainment section

-A shopping Bazar where you can find Henna tattoos, embroidery, arts, clothing and much more

-And much more live entertainment


The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center. Visit for more information.

Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 7, 2019
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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BRNDA (DC) / K. Campbell / Britt / DJ Yazzaspazza

Mar 9, 2019
8:00 pm
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Spring Fling

Please join us for a public celebration featuring live music by Hearts of Animals and creative food and drink. The entire building will be open in celebration of the Moody’s spring exhibition program, focusing on ecology and the environment. Like the Moody’s exhibits, the party will be free and open to the public. Don’t miss it - it should be a memorable night!


Visitor parking is available in West Lot 4. Access to this lot is easiest from Campus Entrance #8 on University Boulevard at Stockton Street. You can download university campus maps at



Feb 23, 2019
7:00 pm
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Artísticas Fest: Primer Aniversario

Wonky Power Live
3534 Navigation Blvd

Houston, Texas 77003


Time to celebrate one year of Artísticas Fest!

We began with the purpose of celebrating up-and-coming Latina artists and entrepreneurs across HTX - from market vendors to cooks, musicians, dancers, and students in art programs. Latina creatives are making waves with their talents! 

Rica comida, dancing, shopping & celebrating culture! 

But most importantly, we’ll raise money to give back to a student or art program in the community. 


Mar 23, 2019
3:00 pm
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The History of Jazz

Spring Branch Memorial Library

930 Corbindale Road 

Houston, TX 77024


In Celebration of African American History Month, HCPL is proud to present Da Camera's " The History of Jazz" at Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library.


From ragtime and Dixieland to the blues, swing, and more, "The History of Jazz" traces America's contribution to the world of music as it developed late in the nineteenth century from African-American work songs, hymns, and spirituals. 


This is a free event.

Feb 20, 2019
6:30 pm
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MegaBand, Wind Ensemble

David Bertman and Cameron Kubos, directors

The Moores School of Music presents a performance by the MegaBand and Wind Ensemble.

Mar 6, 2019
$15 adult/$12 alumni, senior, staff/$10 student
7:30 pm
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Songs of Love and Passion

Betsy Cook Weber, Jeb Mueller, directors 

The Moores School of Music's Concert Chorale, Concert Women's Chorus, ManCorps and UH Small Groups present this annual celebration of all things romantically choral, or chorally romantic!

Mar 4, 2019
$15 adult/$12 alumni, senior, staff/$10 student
7:30 pm
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Arts Connect Community Conversations on Arts Education


Arts Connect is a collective impact initiative seeking to build relationships with our community. We share a vision to realize the tremendous potential of every student by ensuring the arts as essential to a complete education, recognizing that when students prosper, our community thrives.  

You are invited! Join us for a guided conversation to gather insight on: 

How an equitable arts education will look for Houston ISD students

The partnerships and support structures needed to improve arts education delivery 

How to most effectively distribute resources to achieve equity in arts education for students 


All are welcome, particularly K-12 Teachers, Principals, and Administrators, Teaching Artists, Parents, Local Artists, Arts Organization Leaders, and Community Members who want to help shape the future of arts education in Houston. 



Wednesday, February 13th 



Thursday, February 14th 



Thursday, February 14th 



Wednesday, February 20th 

9 am-11am 



Houston Arts Alliance 

3201 Allen Parkway 

Houston, TX 77019 


Interested in participating? Click here or email Kara at to RSVP 

Feb 13, 2019 to Feb 20, 2019
6:00 pm to 9:00 am

DiverseWorks presents COLLECTIVE PRESENCE

Houston, TX, February 6, 2019) - This spring, DiverseWorks is proud to present Collective Presence, a curatorial initiative led by DiverseWorks Assistant Curator Ashley DeHoyos. Collective Presence is a hub for creative and cultural activity to address topics related to social, political, and environmental issues of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Through a series of micro-residencies, workshops, and community discussions, invited artists will join DiverseWorks from
 February 21 – April 14, 2019, to create new work on site and in conversation with each other. Rabéa Ballin (Houston), Rafa Esparza (Los Angeles), Joshua Rios (Chicago) and Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, Puerto Rico) will each be at DiverseWorks for 10-day micro-residencies.
Collective Presence
 will kick-off in the MATCH Gallery (3400 Main Street) on Thursday, February 21, 7 - 9 pm featuring a curator’s talk by DeHoyos at 7:30 pm, followed by music and hands-on art activities. Programs will be presented throughout the run of the project in a community flex space in the gallery with events hosted by community partners Raul Edwards and Reinaldo Costa of Strictly Street Salsa, S Rodriguez and Sara Balabanlilar of Paraspace Books, Lisa E. Harris of Studio Enertia, and Risa Puleo.
Collective Presence
 seeks to bring together multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to creative leadership and critical inquiry. Through the artistic practices of those involved, a collective call and response will be activated in the gallery to address the current trends of futurism and decolonization practices. This project continues the curatorial thinking of Dehoyos's previous projects Cultural Platform for Resistance, curated as part of VisArts Emerging Curator program in Rockville, Maryland, and Journey to Aztlan: Contemporary Conversations with the Land at Sam Houston State University.

Thursdays, 12 - 6 PM / Fridays & Saturdays, 12 - 8 PM
(except as noted below)

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Curatorial Kick-Off
Thursday, February 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening I:
 Oil on My Mind
Friday, March 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class:
 Heritage in Motion: Not So Equal with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Friday, March 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening II:
 Sofia Cordova
Saturday March 16, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 The Politics of Collage with Joshua Rios
Saturday March 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Artist Talks with Rabéa Ballin and Joshua Rios
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Threshold: Deep Listening & Creative Sound with Lisa E. Harris, Studio Enertia
Friday, March 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class:
 Heritage in Motion: From the Soul to the Dance Floor with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Thursday, April 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Paraspace Books Film Screening III:
Saturday, April 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Performance Lecture:
 Heritage in Motion: Salsa—A Tale of Discovery, Blood, Rhythm & Identitywith Raul Edwards and Reinaldo Costa
Sunday, April 7, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Brown Artist Retreat: Houston
 with Risa Puleo & Rafa Esparza
Friday, April 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance Class:
 Heritage in Motion: Que Viva la Salsa! with Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa
Saturday April 13 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Performance Workshop Part I: Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra
 with Awilda Rodríguez Lora. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Performance Workshop Part II: Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra
 with Awilda Rodriguez Lora. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, April 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Closing Party and Collective Performance of
 Anatomy of Our Land / Anatomia de Nuestra Tierra with Awilda Rodríguez Lora

DiverseWorks and
 the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts are co-presenting Awilda Rodríguez Lora as part of the CounterCurrent Festival (April 9 – 14, 2019).
Collective Presence
 programs are presented in conjunction with the Latino Art Now! 2019 National Conference, a program of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and hosted by the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies and the Smithsonian Latino Center (April 4 – 6, 2019). 

Feb 21, 2019 to Apr 14, 2019
7:00 pm to 4:00 pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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