THE NEW FRESH ARTS MISSION
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.
A sculptor graduates with a degree in art or a cellist finishes studies at a conservatory… and then what? Business classes are typically absent from even the best arts training. Fresh Arts meets that need. From marketing and grant-writing workshops to QuickBooks training, we’re focused on equipping artists with the skills required to succeed in the business of art.
Fresh Arts endeavors to make the ‘starving artist’ cliché a thing of the past. Fresh Arts provides opportunities for artists to generate income—whether it’s through sales at our Winter Holiday Art Market, proceeds from our Cultured Cocktails program, or any other projects we're working on.
Networking sounds so daunting! Instead, Fresh Arts wants to be a home base for artists who have moved out of nurturing studio environments and into the wider world… or for administrators wanting to tap into the industry’s best practices. Fresh Arts facilitates artist collaboration, peer-to-peer feedback, relationships with local businesses, and connections with the community at large. Everyone is welcome at the weekly Cultured Cocktails and Workshop series, or any one of our public events.
“Wide-open, full of life and opportunity.” The late Peter Marzio’s description of our city still rings true. Yet, beyond the boundaries of our museum and theater districts (housing many of our most renowned arts institutions) lies a growing ecosystem of exceptional independent artists and small to mid-sized nonprofits. Through marketing support, collective advertising and promotional efforts, Fresh Arts aims to connect the Houston community with the best of the art scene… off the beaten path.
Fresh Arts was born from a merger of two of the most prominent arts non-profit ventures in the Houston area. Both Spacetaker and Fresh Arts were organizations that sought to increase the influence of local artists. Spacetaker, founded in 2001 by artist David A. Brown, identified an apparent need for artists to feel supported and empowered to build sustainable careers as creative professionals. In recognition of this ambition, Spacetaker designed online resources, such as the Artist Registry and the Culture Guide, which enabled artists of every discipline to broadcast pertinent and up-to-date information to the local community. Upon receiving its official designation as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2003, the organization began to build program offerings that would amplify its ability to support the artists of the region. This programming included professional development workshops, social events providing funding for artists, and regular exhibitions for Houston’s bright and up-and-coming artists.
Like Spacetaker, Fresh Arts Coalition believed in harnessing the power of collaboration to bolster the impact of the arts in Houston. Founded by Marita Fairbanks in 2002, Fresh Arts Coalition started as a collective of 15 well-respected arts organizations of similar size that utilized collaborative marketing mechanisms to promote awareness of unique arts programs and opportunities in the area. These organizations existed outside of the larger theatre and museum districts and lacked a formal marketing engine. Through their joint efforts, the organizations were able to leverage marketing support and subsidize both advertising and website development to facilitate audience exchange.
In 2012, the boards of Fresh Arts Coalition and Spacetaker voted, unanimously, to combine the two organizations to better serve Houston’s artists and small to mid-sized arts organizations. The merger brought together two organizations with complementary missions and visions for the future. The consolidation of diverse assets, enthusiastic supporters and a broad array of programs for artists and administrators ensures enhanced efficiency and results-- proving a greater benefit to the community than ever before. The new Fresh Arts was named “Best Arts Organization” in the 2012 Houston Press Best Awards.
Fresh Arts (formerly Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition) has:
- * Hosted 110 professional development workshops for artists and administrators
- * Hosted 30 exhibitions featuring emerging artists
- * Touched over 30,000 Houstonians (artists, arts administrators, and general public) through our physical programming
- * Reached over 300,000 through our online resources
- * Generated over one million dollars in revenue for the artists and organizations participating in our programming
- * Unlocked an additional $450,000 for over 5o independent arts projects through our Fiscal Sponsorship program since its launch in 2013. In 2017 alone, the program facilitated over $100,000 in fundraising.
*Updated April 2016
FRESH ARTS IS ON THE MOVE! OUR NEW OFFICE IS IN THE SILOS AT SAWYER.
1502 Sawyer Street, Studio #103
Houston, TX 77007
713-868-1839 | firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday: 10am - 5pm // Closed Saturday and Sunday
Appointments are strongly recommended. Please call the office in advance to schedule a meeting.
Fresh Arts is funded in part by grants from the
City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.