Fresh Arts offers ongoing workshops over professional development topics for artists and arts administrators.

Pictured right: Funding Strategies for Individual Artists, presented by Fresh Arts.

Fresh Arts' career building workshops offer Houston’s artists and emerging arts organizations a “nuts and bolts” approach to their creative business, supplying them with the knowledge and takeaway resources to immediately put what they’ve learned into action. Our past workshop curriculum has covered a variety of topics including arts marketing, finance, fundraising, creative licensing, healthcare, and other business fundamentals. 

Since 2009, Fresh Arts (formerly Spacetaker) has hosted over 100 workshops and served over 3,000 artists through its professional development programs.

Do you have a topic you'd like us to cover, or a workshop you'd like to present? Email your ideas to:

Fresh Arts members receive 50% discounts on all workshops! Click HERE for more info.

2017 SCHEDULE  Early registration opens 3 weeks prior to workshop and ends at noon the day of.

2/15/17     FREE 
Legal Clinic with TALA

Texas Accountants and Lawyers in the Arts (TALA), in partnership with Fresh Arts, will offer a free legal clinic for artists and arts-related nonprofit organizations who meet income eligibility guidelines and have legal questions related to the creative sector.

Musicians, artists, and representatives of arts nonprofit organizations will be provided up to 30 minutes consultation with a legal professional. 

3/3/17    Writing Effective Project Proposals  

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. Attendees will learn strategies to improve their project proposal and hear what local reviewers are looking for in an exhibition or project submission.

3/31/17    Funding Strategies for Art Projects

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 projects and professional art career.  LEARN MORE.

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

4/28/17    Basic Business Skills for Visual Artists

Do you make artwork but have trouble knowing what to do with it afterward? Want to increase your art sales? 

Successful full-time artist Taft McWhorter shares his insight and 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 artist.  

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

8/30/17    Fiscal Sponsorship Info Session

FREE for Members!

Join us on August 30th for a Bring-Your-Own-Lunch at United Way of Greater Houston to learn more about Fresh Arts Fiscal Sponsorship program and how it can help you to raise more money for your creative project. We will be discussing how fiscal sponsorship works, who is eligible, and the benefits of being fiscally sponsored.  

Need one-on-on guidance after the workshop?
Attending workshop participants with a Fresh Arts membership will have the opportunity to sign up for  a complimentary 30 minute office hour consultation with Fresh Arts' Fiscal Sponsorship Manager to discuss your project's eligibility for sponsorship. 


For a complete list of PAST WORKSHOPS 2012-2016, click HERE

Our professional development curriculum is funded in part by generous grants from:


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