April is starting out strong for arts professionals with plenty of available opportunities, especially with regards to organizational development workshops.
First, U of H is hosting their 2016 Leadership in the Arts Summit: Valuing the 21st Century Creative Economy on April 11th. This year's summit is packed full of engaging lectures, panel discussions, and presentations. The day starts off with moderator Christine Harris, CEO of Christine Harris Connections and co-founder of National Creativity Network's Creative Economy Coalition, speaking on the topic of "Creative Economy: what is it and why does it matter?" Susan Mendenhall will provide the Lunchtime keynote, and the day rounds out with a happy hour at Mongoose vs. Cobra. Want $5 off the registration fee? We've got your back obviously! Just use the promo code ArtOrg16.
On April 20th, United Way of Greater Houston is hosting a workshop titled "Effective Utilization of Board, Volunteer, and Staff Leadership." This event is the third in a five-part workshop series hosted by nonprofit consulting firm Dini Spheris. Participants can choose to participate in as many of the workshops of the series as they would like, so we recommend clicking the link and attending the ones that would most benefit your organization.
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about you individual artists out there. Houston Center for Photography is still accepting submissions into their 34th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. To apply, just visit their website, become a member, and submit up to 10 images that best express your current lens-based work along with a statement, resume, and other details. From the works selected for the exhibition, three will receive a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $1,000. The deadline to apply is April 22nd, so get your submissions in!
From April 9-30th, Houston-based artist Charisse Weston and Alabama Song founder Gabriel Martinez are hosting School of Experimental Work: an audio-visual workshop series. The schedule starts off a workshop led by interdisciplinary artist David Feil on the topic of Language as Material and ends with a meditative practice with artist Ayanna Jolviet McCloud. Twenty bucks gets you into the entire series, so be sure to check out the details and take advantage of all the programs.
Also, check out the entire list of open calls for art on the Artist Opportunities section of our website. There are some fun prospectus including East End Studio Gallery's "Spring POP" exhibition and HAA's extension for the pop-up exhibition at the 2016 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Product Showcase.
Finally, with HAA's Arts Project Grant application closing on April 11th, many of the grant opportunities through the designated public funds distributor have closed for the year (aside from the bimonthly City Initiative Grant). That means individual artists might have to turn to other methods to fund their upcoming projects. We can help with that, as we are hosting a workshop on April 27th on the topic of Alternative Funding Strategies for the Independent Artist, led by Susannah Mitchell, the director of the Washington Avenue Arts District. We'd love to see you there and help you determine the best way to fund your project, so check out the link and register early to get the best value!