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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:  http://bit.ly/RFPglowball

  • 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 portalhttp://bit.ly/RFPglowball

 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

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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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Complimentary Classical Concert


JOIN US FOR A COMPLIMENTARY CLASSICAL CONCERT!


The Program:

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
I. Allegro
II. Romanze
III. Rondo. Allegro Assai

Soloist: Brighton Liu, with Cadenzas by Wanda Landwoska

Brief Intermission

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto

Soloist: Geoffrey Loff, with Cadenzas by Ernő Dohnányi

When:
Jun 8, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
2:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP AND NAMELESS SOUND PRESENT SOUNDING THE CISTERN FOR PAULINE OLIVEROS

Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Nameless Sound present Sounding the Cistern

In remembrance of one of the important composers of our time, four improvisers sound the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern for Houston’s native daughter. 

Her significance as a composer was first established in the early 1960’s, through sonically daring works of groundbreaking electronic music (as well as for notated pieces like Sound Patterns, which launched her international career when it earned the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1962). She consistently operated on the cutting edge of technology through a range of projects, including her live improvisations with global collaborators, facilitated in real-time through high-speed Internet connection. 

She was an influential teacher, writer and community leader. As a recognized composer, she took a bold step in the early-1970’s with her text-based scores Sonic Meditations. She temporarily rejected public performance, and practiced these scores with a cohort of women that included both musicians and non-musicians. Sonic Meditations may represent the avant-garde’s most significant effort towards inclusivity in music-making. They are still widely employed as the basis for community workshops, and they planted the seed for Oliveros’ philosophy of Deep Listening. 

She was an accordion player, and her practice on that instrument had roots in the city where she was raised. Houstonians well know the instrument as one sounded in a great diversity of cultural expressions. This instrument’s plurality was certainly meaningful to her. And its underdog status in “serious music” was also embraced. This too was rooted in her hometown, as the University of Houston had the country’s only bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical accordion performance.  

She was an improviser. In this capacity, she most immediately expressed her mastery of how sonic frequencies move through physical and architectural space. In performance, her accordion could send sounds in any direction, and shape them in a range of resonances. These abilities were famously employed for recordings in unusual locations with special acoustic qualities. The most famous is her 1988 recording in Washington State’s Fort Worden Cistern. That cistern’s acoustic qualities, like its 45-second reverberation, have become well known. Acoustic architects at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have digitally simulated this space for off-site performance.   

She was an important mentor. Those who she  taught, coached, and inspired span generations around the globe, in contexts that range from the academic to the personal. Through the Deep Listening Institute at Rensselaer, that legacy continues. Here in Houston, Nameless Sound was started under her guidance and remains active after almost 20 years.   

She was a native of Houston, Texas. And she was perhaps the most influential experimental artist ever to come from our city. 

In memory of this singular artist and humanitarian, four musicians with close ties to Pauline Oliveros will sound Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in the first ever public performance held in this special space. Built as a drinking water reservoir in 1926, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern was designed to hold 15 million gallons of water when functioning at capacity. 87,500 square feet, and supported by 221 concrete columns which are 25 feet tall, the Cistern features a 17-second sonic reverberation. Buffalo Bayou Partnership restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space, offering regular history tours as well as periodic art installations and programs.

When:
May 26, 2019
This event is sold out but you can get on a waiting list by emailing Justin Bogert at jbogert@buffalobayou.org.
Cost:
$10
Time:
6:30 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
Concert times: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, & 8:30pm
General Categories: 

Goethe Pop Up and Nameless Sound present Der lange Schatten with Houston Improvisers

Der lange Schatten: Collaborations with Houston Improvisers

Antonio Borghini (Italy) – double bass
Michael Thieke (Germany) - clarinet
Håvard Wiik (Norway) - piano


Drawing on a repertoire of compositions by all three members, the Italian/German/Norwegian trio has a distinct sound, but a seemingly endless range of possibilities and expressions. Precise unisons follow tightly-woven counterpoint. Nimble technique enables stop-on-a-dime accuracy. The instrumentation allows for clarity and transparency. Sometimes they sound spiky and modernistic. At other times, they swing. Sometimes they may even have a touch of the baroque, or a bit of folkiness. There are melodies that ring of Monk’s angularity, with whiffs of his oblique humor. There’s a dose of Anthony Braxton’s obsessive mania. Dizzying cascades of notes and extended instrumental techniques echo the classic generation of European improvisation. The stylistic blend of “modern-classical” with “jazz” and the relationship of improvisation to composition recall Jimmy Guiffre’s groundbreaking trio, with whom they share the same instrumentation. One might hear a bit of Messiaen’s quartet in there, as well as many other possible sources and influences. Do Der lange Schatten cast a “long shadow” or do they stand in one?


The term “chamber jazz” has been in common usage since the 1960’s or earlier. And some might assign that designation to this trio. But isn’t this term a bit puzzling, and even problematic? Wouldn’t most jazz fit the definition of chamber music? Most is performed in smaller ensembles, where each musician plays their own part. And most jazz music is more appropriate to smaller rooms than large concerts halls. And if “chamber jazz” is meant to imply jazz that is more “serious”, then indeed we do have a problem.


Since the early 20th century, “classical” music and “jazz” music have never been of completely separate streams. European classical music has been in the DNA of jazz from its very beginnings. And modern composers have been appropriating the rhythms, tonalities and techniques of Afrological American music since the earliest recordings of jazz were first heard. Nonetheless, Gunther Schuller’s concept of a “third stream” may still be useful.  Neither jazz nor classical music, the “third stream” was meant to be music able to fully utilize both compositional and improvisational strategies.  It was meant to be a distinct and fully modern movement, whose musicians and composers are fully proficient in both jazz and classical methods.


Whatever category they do or don’t belong to, Der lange Schatten are a totally unique and contemporary expression honed from a mastery of modern techniques and stylistic sources. And their music is intense in its rigor, imaginative in its inventiveness, and breathtaking in its execution.


this program is a part of the Goethe Institute's Wunderbar Together project:
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/htx.html
https://wunderbartogether.org/


Links:
Der lange Schatten
https://derlangeschatten.bandcamp.com/


Antonio Borghini
http://antonioborghini.com/


Michael Thieke
http://www.michael-thieke.de/


Håvard Wiik
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5vard_Wiik

When:
May 23, 2019
This is one of two distinct concerts featuring the members of Der lange Schatten in Houston. On Wednesday, May 22, they will perform their own compositions as a trio. For information about that event, go to: http://namelesssound.org/events/2019_5_Der_lange_Schatten.html
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Goethe Pop Up and Nameless Sound present Der lange Schatten Trio Performance

Der lange Schatten Trio Performance

Antonio Borghini (Italy) – double bass
Michael Thieke (Germany) - clarinet
Håvard Wiik (Norway) - piano


Drawing on a repertoire of compositions by all three members, the Italian/German/Norwegian trio has a distinct sound, but a seemingly endless range of possibilities and expressions. Precise unisons follow tightly-woven counterpoint. Nimble technique enables stop-on-a-dime accuracy. The instrumentation allows for clarity and transparency. Sometimes they sound spiky and modernistic. At other times, they swing. Sometimes they may even have a touch of the baroque, or a bit of folkiness. There are melodies that ring of Monk’s angularity, with whiffs of his oblique humor. There’s a dose of Anthony Braxton’s obsessive mania. Dizzying cascades of notes and extended instrumental techniques echo the classic generation of European improvisation. The stylistic blend of “modern-classical” with “jazz” and the relationship of improvisation to composition recall Jimmy Guiffre’s groundbreaking trio, with whom they share the same instrumentation. One might hear a bit of Messiaen’s quartet in there, as well as many other possible sources and influences. Do Der lange Schatten cast a “long shadow” or do they stand in one?
The term “chamber jazz” has been in common usage since the 1960’s or earlier. And some might assign that designation to this trio. But isn’t this term a bit puzzling, and even problematic? Wouldn’t most jazz fit the definition of chamber music? Most is performed in smaller ensembles, where each musician plays their own part. And most jazz music is more appropriate to smaller rooms than large concerts halls. And if “chamber jazz” is meant to imply jazz that is more “serious”, then indeed we do have a problem.
Since the early 20th century, “classical” music and “jazz” music have never been of completely separate streams. European classical music has been in the DNA of jazz from its very beginnings. And modern composers have been appropriating the rhythms, tonalities and techniques of Afrological American music since the earliest recordings of jazz were first heard. Nonetheless, Gunther Schuller’s concept of a “third stream” may still be useful.  Neither jazz nor classical music, the “third stream” was meant to be music able to fully utilize both compositional and improvisational strategies.  It was meant to be a distinct and fully modern movement, whose musicians and composers are fully proficient in both jazz and classical methods.
Whatever category they do or don’t belong to, Der lange Schatten are a totally unique and contemporary expression honed from a mastery of modern techniques and stylistic sources. And their music is intense in its rigor, imaginative in its inventiveness, and breathtaking in its execution.


This program is a part of the Goethe Institute's Wunderbar Together project:
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/htx.html
https://wunderbartogether.org/


Links:


Der lange Schatten
https://derlangeschatten.bandcamp.com/


Antonio Borghini
http://antonioborghini.com/


Michael Thieke
http://www.michael-thieke.de/


Håvard Wiik
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5vard_Wiik

When:
May 22, 2019
This is one of two distinct concerts featuring the members of Der lange Schatten in Houston. On Thursday, May 23, the musicians will perform separately in collaborations with Houston improvisers. For information about that event, go to: http://namelesssound.org/events/2019_5_Der_lange_Schatten.html
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

El Chow: Mango verde -Sound and Poetry


El Chow: Mango verde presents:
- Sound and Poetry -
Queer edition (always)

Join us for our closing reception at El Chow: Mango verde! With an amazing group of queer poets and sound artists!

El Chow: Mango verde was created to showcase Queer Latinx folx, by queer Latinx folx. With the goal of highlighting and uplifting our community, and to create more shows which talk about queer identities and themes. To create opportunities to show our work, create space and community, not just in Houston, but for it to expand our network!

This event is created mainly for queer latinx and poc to share their poetry or sound art! Other queer people are welcome to join and share, but please be mindful of the space, thank you!

The last days to view the show is May 18th! Wednesday is a great opportunity to check out the show! and enjoy the work of other creatives!

When:
May 15, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm

Texas Music Festival: Young Artist Series


Texas Music Festival Young Artist Competition
and Concert Series features Classical music’s rising stars performing chamber
music.
The series concludes with a TMF Jazz Institute Final Concert at
Moores Opera House. For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//music/tmf/
June 7 at 7:30 PM
June 9 at 2:00 PM
June 20, 27, & 28 at 7:00 PM

When:
Jun 7, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm to 7:00 pm
General Categories: 

Wylde Meade Sunset on the Patio

Celtic, Folk and Early Music

Join us June 8th at Bean's Cafe on the patio to share the sunset, some of their delectable coffee or other beverages, and some more amazing Celtic and Folk music!!!

Relax and let the day melt away while we entertain you and enjoy the atmosphere and the great customer service that this most endearing place and the kind folks at Bean's have to offer!


#CelticMusic #FolkMusic #EarlyMusic #Traditional #HTown #Coffee #Sunset #coffeeonthepatio
When:
Jun 8, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
6pm NO COVER - Tipping appreciated
Location:
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Houston Classical Guitar Festival Concerts

The Gulf Coast Guitar Association welcomes the public to the 2019 Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition. Two concerts will be presented at St. Philip Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on Friday June 14 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Friday's concert features Steven Jay Lerman and Simon Powis at 7:30 PM. Lerman has taught, performed, and made radio appearnaces aacross the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and France. As the winner of the 2019 Classical Minds Competition, he is invited to performa and teach at this years festival. Powis graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Yale University. He has taught and performed in Peru, Mexico, Australia and the U.S.

Saturday's concert features Joseph Palmer, Gohar Vardanyan, the Festival Guitar Orchestra with Guest Artist Brandi Estwick. Palmer has received over 17 awards from festival around the world, and gives over 50 interatice concerts each year throughout public schools and underserved communities through Austin Classical Guitar. Vardanyan began her guitar studies in Armenia with her father, then earned her music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. She has taught and toured in Canada, Panama, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. Estwick earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance from Texas Womans University. SHe teaches vocal performance at Collin College and Texas Womans University.
Some of the music will feature works by composers Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo and Isaac Albeniz.  

When:
Jun 14, 2019 to Jun 15, 2019
Cost:
Tickets are sold at the door, children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20
Time:
7:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
7:30 PM children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20
Saturday Time & Price:
7:00 PM children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20

Artist INC Presentation Night After Party (NEW DATE)


New date!
Artist INC-Houston Presentation Night
After Party!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:30pm to Midnight
@ Decatur Bar & Pop-up Factory
2310 Decatur St, Houston, TX 77007


UPDATE:
Due to predicted weather reports of flash flooding, we have rescheduled our Artist INC Houston Presentation Night and the After Party to May 22nd. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@fresharts.org



The presentations are done, and we're thirsty! Come celebrate with Fresh Arts and the 2019 Artist INC graduating class at the exciting and beautiful new bar situated right in the Arts District: Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory. 

Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory is dedicated to supporting Houston’s culinary, cocktail and creative communities by providing a space to cultivate and incubate local talent.


Presenting artists include:
Héctor Arguelles // Emily Arrow // Cuyler Ballenger // Marissa Castillo // Shannon Crider // Tatiana Escallon // Jaime Frugé-Walne // Marsha Glickman // Rachel Gonzales // Nyssa Juneau // Brandon Kafarela // Carla Sue // Joseph Nance // P M Neist // Anthony Pabillano // Miles Payne // Peace // Crystal Rae // Jelisa Jay Robinson // Nicci Sevier-Vuyk // Laura Sprague // Chris Thomas // Caroline Truong // Zulma Vega // Arnea Williams

Artist INC-Houston Spring 2019 Peer Facilitators include Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, Eepi Chaad, Tami Merrick Moschioni, Nicola Parente, Dominique Royem, and Lori Yuill.



Artist INC Houston is powered by Fresh Arts and is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additional support for the Artist INC Houston 2019 session has been provided in part by Frost Bank and Art Colony Association.

When:
May 22, 2019
New date!
Cost:
Free
Time:
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
9:30pm-Midnight


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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