Professional Development

WORKSHOP: Basic Business Skills for visual artists


Basic Business Skills (for visual artists)

hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston
led by Taft McWhorter

@ University of Houston, Fine Arts Building RM 110
Friday, April 28, 2017  // 10:00am to Noon


Do you make artwork but have trouble knowing what to do with it afterward? Are you interested in selling you artwork but you don't quite know how to put it on the market? Join Fresh Arts and successful full-time artist Taft McWhorter to learn practical tips on how to move art-making out of the corners of your life, and safely put it front and center. Taft will help you create realistic timelines and budgets, give you insight into building a collector base, and discuss real world ways to begin building a sustainable career as an independent visual artist. 

TOPICS COVERED: 

   * Negotiating the sale
   * Marketing basics 
   * Portfolio presentation basics 
   * Collector cultivation & Networking 
   * Submitting to galleries
   * Gallery representation 
   * Exhibiting & Pricing your work

NOTE: Though this workshop is primarily geared to visual artists, the advice is useful for almost any creative person looking to improve their professional practice.



REGISTRATION INFO: 



EARLY REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
 **LATE FEES NOW APPLY.  WALK-INS WELCOME AT THE DOOR. 


Early registration: (ends Thurs., April 27 at 4pm)
$5/Fresh Arts members and UH students** :: $10/general admission

**If you are having difficulty receiving your discount, please email: angela@fresharts.org

**Late registration: (after 4pm, Thurs., April 27 or at the door)
$10/Fresh Arts members and UH students :: $20/general admission




Want 50% off all of Fresh Arts workshops + events and access to other local discounts and members' only opportunities? 

For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.



LOCATION:

University of Houston campus

Fine Arts bldg (near the Blaffer Museum), Room 110 

4173 Elgin Street. Houston, TX 77004


Take entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd or entrance #18 off Elgin.


**There is a fee to park. Please allow ample time for parking.


   
















ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Taft McWhorter has been selling his contemporary art in Houston for over nine years, amassing a dedicated group of over 400 local and international collectors. His work is displayed in many private and public collections, including fine restaurants and corporate settings. McWhorter has a private studio at Winter Street Studios located in the Washington Arts District of Houston and is represented by Ariodante Gallery in New Orleans, Esperson Gallery in Houston, and Evan Lurie Gallery in Indianapolis.


ABOUT FRESH ARTS:

Located inside the Washington Avenue Arts District, Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.

Fresh Arts is committed to the growth of a thriving, innovative, and diverse arts sector in Houston and towards that end, provides programming and services in the arenas of professional development training, resource aggregation, showcasing, community building, and audience development. We are a help-desk and small business development center, as well as an advocate, intermediary, and support network for Houston's creative community.


When:
Apr 28, 2017
Early registration ends Thurs., April 27 at 4pm. Fees double at the door. Fresh Arts members and University of Houston students receive 50% off general admission price.
Cost:
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
10:00am- Noon
Location:

WORKSHOP: Funding Strategies for Arts Projects


Funding Strategies for Arts Projects

hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston

led by Susannah Mitchell, 

Executive Director of the Washington Avenue Arts District

@ University of Houston, Fine Arts Building RM 110
Friday, March 31, 2017  // 10:00am to Noon


Got a great creative idea but you need a little support to get it off the ground? Fundraising can be overwhelming, but getting the money for your upcoming art project may be simpler than you think. Join Fresh Arts and Susannah Mitchell, arts fundraising powerhouse and Executive Director of the Washington Avenue Arts District, for an overview workshop on strategies and resources for individual artists seeking funds to support their professional art career. 

This workshop will explore:  

  • *  traditional and new models for funding creative practices and discuss their benefits and disadvantages,
  • *  identifying grant opportunities (including several key local opportunities), 
  • *  increasing accessibility to additional funding through fiscal sponsorship,  
  • *  securing individual contributions and institutional support. 
  • *  tips for creating and managing successful crowd-funding campaigns,
  • *  case studies of how local artists have successfully raised money for their projects. 

Specifics on grant-writing and crafting project proposals will NOT be covered in this workshop, but is covered in Fresh Arts’ 2017 workshop series.

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston. UH Students are eligible for workshop discounts. See below.



REGISTRATION INFO: 


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED


Early registration: (ends Thurs., March 30 at 4pm)
$5/Fresh Arts members and UH students** :: $10/general admission

Late registration: (after 4pm, Thurs., March 30 or at the door)
$10/Fresh Arts members and UH students :: $20/general admission

**If you are having difficulty receiving your discount, please email: angela@fresharts.org



Want 50% off all of Fresh Arts workshops + events and access to other local discounts and members' only opportunities? 

For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.



LOCATION:

University of Houston campus

Fine Arts bldg (near the Blaffer Museum), Room 110 

4173 Elgin Street. Houston, TX 77004


Take entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd or entrance #18 off Elgin.


**There is a fee to park. Please allow ample time for parking.


   
















ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Susannah Parnin Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Art and Design and in Political Theory. She has since accumulated over a decade of experience in gallery management and arts administration. In the DC area she worked with organizations such as the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA and served as the founding director at Art Whino Gallery, a large, international urban contemporary space in DC.
In 2010, Susannah returned to academia and earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. After business school she entered the fast paced and cutting edge world of web design, managing creative projects for clients such as GE Health, Keurig, Samsung, and her favorite, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Now, settled in Houston, Susannah manages events and programming for Silver Street Studios, and is helping to develop cultural programming across the full Sawyer Yards Creative Campus. She also serves as Director for the newly designated Washington Avenue Arts District, a State recognized cultural district that is home to the highest concentration of working artists in Texas. As the leader of this budding organization, she works to preserve, promote and progress the area’s special creative offerings through special art activation and beautification projects.


ABOUT THE WASHINGTON AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT:

The Washington Avenue Arts District is a state recognized cultural district in Houston, TX. Already, the District is home to several converted warehouse studio buildings which house over 300 studios of artists and creative entrepreneurs, as well as vast amounts of exhibition and event space. Because of this unique congregation of creative space, the District boasts what is believed to be the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas! The area is also home to many individual artists’ residences, studios, and arts-focused institutions such as Crockett Elementary, an award winning fine arts school and MECA, a multicultural arts education center.

The Washington Avenue Arts District is a 501c3 non-profit organization led by Executive Director Susannah Parnin Mitchell.  Major past projects include the 2014 painting of the Spring Street Bike Path and SITE Houston

The Washington Avenue Arts District  mission is to preserve, promote and progress the District’s special creative offerings and to bolster the image of the area as destination for arts and culture.


ABOUT FRESH ARTS:


Located inside the Washington Avenue Arts District, Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.

Fresh Arts is committed to the growth of a thriving, innovative, and diverse arts sector in Houston.


When:
Mar 31, 2017
Early registration ends Thurs., March 30 at 4pm. Fees double at the door. Fresh Arts members and University of Houston students receive 50% off general admission price.
Cost:
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
10 AM to Noon

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Info Session


Artist Studio Program Info Session
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6 PM

Thinking about applying for the 2017-2018 Artist Studio Program? Join ASP Director Lily Cox-Richard and Lawndale staff as we review changes to the application and submission process, answer questions, and share our plans for next year's program. 

When:
Feb 16, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Project Proposal Workshop

It's 'open call' season for visual arts in Houston! Are you prepared?

Project Proposal Workshop

hosted in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston

Led by Cary Reeder

@ University of Houston, Fine Arts Building

Friday, March 3, 2017  // 10:00am to Noon


Are you planning to apply for one of the many local "Calls for Exhibition Proposals" in the coming months? Before you do, Fresh Arts, in partnership with the Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston, invites individual artists for an overview of how to write a successful project proposal. In this two-hour lecture + discussion led by artist and writing expert Cary Reeder, you will learn strategies to improve your project proposal and hear what Houston's art directors and reviewers are looking for in an exhibition or project submission. 

This workshop and curator panel will cover: 

  • *  the basic components of project proposals, 
  • *  tips for writing an effective project description, 
  • *  the importance of quality work samples, 
  • *  review of two successful proposals, 
  • *  how-to avoid common proposal pitfalls, 
  • *  and overview of local exhibition opportunities open to individual artists. 

There will also be a 30-minute Q&A session where participants can ask specific questions regarding their project proposals so please have your questions ready.


Please note:  budgeting will NOT be covered in this workshop, but will be covered later in Fresh Arts’ workshop series.


REGISTRATION INFO: 



Early registration: (ends Thurs., March 2 at 5pm)


$5/Fresh Arts members and UH students** :: $10/general admission

**If you are having difficulty receiving your discount, please email: angela@fresharts.org


Late registration: (after 5pm, Thurs., March 2 or at the door)


$10/Fresh Arts members and UH students :: $20/general admission






Want 50% off all of Fresh Arts workshops + events and access to other local discounts and members' only opportunities? 


For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.



LOCATION:

University of Houston campus

Fine Arts bldg (near the Blaffer Museum), Room 110 

4173 Elgin Street. Houston, TX 77004


Take entrance #16 off Cullen Blvd or entrance #18 off Elgin.


**There is a fee to park. Please allow ample time for parking.


   
















ABOUT THE PRESENTER:


CARY REEDER, a Miami, Florida native, has made Houston, Texas her home since 1998. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter in the early 80s and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston from 2006-2013. In between her stint as a graphic artist and returning to art school, she had a 20+ year career as a grant writer and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been included in numerous local, regional, and national juried exhibitions, and in 2013 she had a solo show at Lawndale Art Center, a two-person exhibition at the University of Houston-Downtown, and received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. She was featured in New American Paintings issues #108 and #120 and teaches at the Art League Houston and the Glassell School of Art.

When:
Mar 3, 2017
Early registration ends Thurs., March 2 at Noon. Fees double at the door. Fresh Arts members and University of Houston students receive 50% off general admission price.
Cost:
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Individual Artist Grant Application Workshop


2016-2017 (FY17) Individual Artist Grant Application Workshop
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125

Are you interested in applying to this year’s Individual Artist Grant (IAG)? Do you have questions about the grant's application process or evaluation criteria? Join our Grants staff for one of two application workshops! 

Past IAG recipients will be in attendance to share their application and grant award experiences; potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.


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REGISTER: houstonartsalliance.wufoo.com/forms/m10rum1i1r7e5fg
MORE INFORMATION: houstonartsalliance.com/grants/individuals
When:
Nov 10, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

How to Have a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign


How to Have a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Presented in partnership with Fractured Atlas

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Registration + Networking
10 - 11:30 a.m., Workshop + Information on Matching Funds
Houston Arts Alliance, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 125

It's possible to run a successful crowdfunding campaign without being absurdly well connected or spending all of your time on it. (You just need to plan for it!) In this workshop, Fractured Atlas will share how and why to run a crowdfunding campaign, the importance of an awesome video, and what you can do to create one. The workshop will focus on designing your campaign with power2give.org, the process of building a movement, and ways to launch your fundraising so others give to it.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is in preparation for the 2016 National Day of Giving / #GivingTuesday (where dollar-for-dollar matching funds—in the total amount of $10,000—will be provided by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance).

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REGISTER: howtohaveasuccessfulcrowdfundingcampaign.eventbrite.com
MORE INFORMATION: houstonartsalliance.com/services/tools/power2give
When:
Oct 26, 2016
Houston Arts Alliance 3201 Allen Pkwy, Ste 250, Houston, Texas 77019
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Fractured Atlas Overview from Dance Source Houston


Through the Open Arts Network, Dance Source Houston members have access to one full year of free professional membership (and half off membership dues after the first year) with Fractured Atlas. Join Dianne Debicella, Senior Program Director of Fractured Atlas, as she explains the benefits and programs available to DSH members through the Open Arts Network. 

Don't miss this free overview/Q&A session and maximize your DSH membership!

October 26 @ 4:30pm. Houston City Dance, 1307 W. Clay. To RSVP email mollie@dancesourcehouston.org. to learn more about Fractured Atlas visit fracturedatlas.org. 

Fractured Atlas is a non-profit technology company that helps artists succeed as entrepreneurs.
Raise Money - Fractured Atlas can help you raise tax-deductible donations to support your work through fiscal sponsorship.
Manage Risk - Insurance doesn't have to be scary. Fractured Atlas get how artists work and is here to guide you every step of the way to get high quality insurance at great rates.
Build an Audience - Artful.ly is free online software that helps you sell tickets, take donations, and track your fans. It's easy to use and puts you in the driver's seat.
Find Space - Fractured Atlas builds online rental marketplaces that connect artists who need space with venues who have it. Find the space you need, rent the space you've got. We're in twelve regions across the US and Canada, with more coming.
Collaborate Globally - International artist visas may come easier with a letter of consultation. Fractured Atlas can help.
Learn Business Skills - Webinars, blog, pocket guides, and Fractured U. resource provide continuing education for D.I.Y. artists and accidental administrators.

Follow this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/344467825895905/
When:
Oct 26, 2016
Houston City Dance 1307 W Clay St, Houston, Texas 77019
Cost:
Free
Time:
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Idea Fund Info Session - Aurora Picture Show


Info Session 4:
Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 – 8pm
Aurora Picture Show
With budget workshop hosted by Christine West, Cultural Programs Manager at Houston First
2442 Bartlett St., Houston, TX 77098

The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row House and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its ninth round of funding for artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices. The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships in the greater Houston area. To learn more about the application process, please attend one of the information sessions offered over the next two months. You can also find more information on our website: http://www.theideafund.org/

When:
Oct 25, 2016
Aurora Picture Show 2442 Bartlett St, Houston, Texas 77098
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Idea Fund Info Session


Info Session 3:
Wednesday, September 28, 4 p.m.
University of Houston
School of Art, Room 106
4188 Elgin St.

The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row House and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its ninth round of funding for artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices. The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships in the greater Houston area. To learn more about the application process, please attend one of the information sessions offered over the next two months. You can also find more information on our website: http://www.theideafund.org/

Follow this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/550074881851586/
When:
Sep 28, 2016
University of HoustonSchool of Art, Room 1064188 Elgin St.
Cost:
Free
Time:
4:00 pm

Grants for Houston Artists: Network of Ensemble Theaters + More!


#1 - Are you a Houston-based individual artist, ensemble company, arts organization, a college student or a university department in theatre, dance, music or multidisciplinary arts? 
#2 - Are you passionate about gaining tools and resources to advocate, build knowledge and improve the sustainability of your artistic work?
#3- Then, REGISTER now! It's FREE! Space is Limited!

Join Progress Theatre as we host the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) in Houston for a free information session about their national programs and grants available to artists, students and organizations. Enjoy "art burst" performances, expand your local network by meeting fellow artists from Houston ensembles and learn about grants to fund your work. Additional presentations will be made about opportunities with Alternate ROOTS and Houston's The Idea Fund to discuss granting opportunities and networking resources at regional and local levels.

**REGISTRATION IS FREE & SPACE IS LIMITED.** Reserve your spot now @ https://matchouston.org/events/network-ensemble-theaters-grant-info-session.

**EARLY REGISTRANTS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS!** To Progress Theatre's a'capella musical THE BURNIN' @ MATCH, Sept 9-18: https://matchouston.org/events/burnin.

Come learn about NET's work toward advancing and advocating for ensemble theater practice in arts, culture and education by serving as a resource to artists, ensembles, private foundations and government funders, as well as artists’ unions and educational institutions. 

**This grants session is part of the "Light Days" series presented by Progress Theatre: www.progresstheatre.com/light-days.
When:
Sep 14, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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