Welcome (Back) to WHAM!
by Micah Starkey
These days, October can only mean one thing—the holiday season is upon us! For the Fresh Arts team this means our favorite time of year is back—it’s WHAM season, Houston! And by WHAM we mean the Winter Holiday Art Market, duh!
We are excited to once again be kicking-off the holiday season and decking the halls of Winter Street Studios for a three-day showcase of Houston’s most vibrant and talented artists. Over the past 12 years WHAM has not only become an annual city-wide, but most importantly the event also serves as an important platform to promote artists’ economic and professional growth. To-date WHAM has generated over one million dollars for Houston’s creative community and continues to be an excellent opportunity for locals and tourists alike to discover Houston’s artistic gems. Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this year’s WHAM will serve as a festive regathering for our community and will be an inspiring showcase of the resiliency of our lively city.
For newcomers, WHAM offers a wide variety of curated fine arts and handmade goods from local artists and artisans of all disciplines and features artist demonstrations, live music performances, free (adult) beverages, and food for sale by local vendors. WHAM is not just a market... it's a celebration!
The Winter Holiday Art Market is one of Houston's largest juried art markets featuring exclusively local artists, and offers a unique mix of fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts—including paintings, sculpture, and photography, as well as jewelry, clothing, and soaps—from emerging and established independent artists. This year WHAM will showcase 65+ Houston-based artists with a mix of familiar faces and fresh talent.
So, as the holiday season approaches—quickly as always!—we are ramping up in full WHAM spirit. We look forward to celebrating our favorite holiday tradition with you November 17-19, 2017. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with our WHAM artists, handy shopping guides and everything else you need to know about the WHAM experience. Until then, welcome (back) to WHAM!
In light of the unbelievable devastation recently unleashed on Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas gulf coast, Fresh Arts is joining with partners across Texas to raise funds for local artists affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The arts are a huge player in local economies throughout Texas, with Americans in the Arts reporting $7 billion in spending by cultural audiences last year in Texas. In Houston alone there are over 12,000 professional artists, and Texas' nonprofit arts organizations support over 200,000 full-time jobs. Many of our Texas artists have seen a devastating loss of work, supplies, and live/work space in recent days.
With the Immediate Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists, Fresh Arts hopes to give these artists the help they need to rebuild. 100% of proceeds raised will be given to individual artists to help them with their immediate recovery needs, which will include everything from buying cleaning supplies, to preserving their work, to beginning the rebuilding of their studio or live/work space.
Benefiting artists will apply online to receive funding, and will be selected by a jury of arts professionals based on need. We will accelerate the application process to help artists access money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible.
ARE YOU AN ARTIST THAT WAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY?
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP FOR ARTISTS
Additionally, Fresh Arts is waiving membership fees for our fiscal sponsorship program to artists and arts projects affected by Hurricane Harvey, and will accelerate the application process to help artists raise money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible.
Fiscal Sponsorship provides access to Fresh Arts new crowdfunding platform and allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under Fresh Arts' exempt status. In the aftermath of Harvey, this will enable artists to access emergency funding available to aid with recovery as well as the preservation and rebuilding of your creative projects! To apply for fiscal sponsorship: https://
EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
ABOUT FRESH ARTS
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. All donations made to the Immediate Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists are 100% tax deductible.