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.



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:

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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.



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.


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.


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.

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.
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
10 AM to Noon

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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