Crystal Ball Underwriting: $2,500 - The Emerald

8 tix to the Crystal Ball, with access to our exclusive VIP lounge and bar, plus all the acknowledgement benefits of The Sapphire.

All underwriter levels will also receive 2 Preview Party tickets and on-site acknowledgment at Fresh Arts' Winter Holiday Art Market www.winterholidayartmarket.com

Crystal Ball Underwriting: $5,000 - The Ruby

10 tix to the Crystal Ball, with a reserved area for you and your guests in our exclusive VIP lounge. Signage at the Crystal Ball plus all the acknowledgement benefits of The Emerald.
All underwriter levels will also receive 2 Preview Party tickets and on-site acknowledgment at Fresh Arts' Winter Holiday Art Market www.winterholidayartmarket.com

Crystal Ball Underwriting: $10,000 - The Diamond

16 tix to the Crystal Ball, with reserved seating and bottle service for you and your guests in our exclusive VIP lounge, plus a limited edition print and all the acknowledgement benefits of The Ruby.

All underwriter levels will also receive 2 Preview Party tickets and on-site acknowledgment at Fresh Arts' Winter Holiday Art Market www.winterholidayartmarket.com
Submitted by angela_carranza on Tue, Sep 5th at 12:09 pm



EMERGENCY FISCAL SPONSORSHIP FOR ARTISTS

For a limited time, 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 and provide access to Fresh Arts crowdfunding platform to help artists raise money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible. 

Fiscal Sponsorship 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://fresharts.submittable.com/submit/56846/fiscal-sponsorship-application


EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS

Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" which includes national emergency artist grants and funding opportunities, general resource guides, and more.  Check it out HERE.



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Submitted by angela_carranza on Mon, Aug 28th at 12:58 pm

UPDATED on 9/12/2017

EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR HOUSTON ARTISTS (and non-artists too!)

In light of the unbelievable devastation Hurricane Harvey has unleashed on Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas gulf coast, Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" Google Spreadsheet that can be found here. The sheet includes national emergency artist grants/funding opportunities, general resource guides, local emergency response info, and links to area shelters, volunteer opportunities and more. While several resources are listed for individual artists and arts organizations, MANY of the listed resources apply to anyone in need. 

Special thanks to Dennis Nance, Glasstire, Dance Source, DiverseWorks, Lawndale Art Center and so many others that have contributed resources and information. Fresh Arts will continue to add and share resources and invite others to do the same as it becomes available.  Stay safe, stay strong.  #HoustonStrong



NEW!  Disaster Recovery Claims Counseling at Fresh Arts // Sept. 16. 2017

HarveyArtsRecovery.org, Avenue CDC, and Fresh Arts are partnering to provide disaster recovery claims counseling to Houstonians who need help rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  

Four Avenue CDC counselors will be available for 1 hour one-on-one consultations for one-day only on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 8:30am - 12:30pm at Fresh Arts office. Interested individuals must schedule an appointment.

This event will address the immediate actions that need to be taken by artists affected by the storm:  

  1. Filing a FEMA application (deadline to file is Oct. 24) and 
  2. Disaster Unemployment for Freelancers and Artists (deadline to file is Sept 27)



NEW! Disaster Claims Resource Document

Need guidance on what information you need to file a FEMA Disaster Claim or a Texas Unemployment Claim? Check out this handy overview guide prepared by our friends at Avenue CDC and Harvey Arts Recovery.



NEW!  EMERGENCY FISCAL SPONSORSHIP FOR ARTISTS

For a limited time, 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 and provide access to Fresh Arts crowdfunding platform to help artists raise money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible. 

Fiscal Sponsorship 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!  LEARN MORE.

To apply for fiscal sponsorship:   https://fresharts.submittable.com/submit/56846/fiscal-sponsorship-application



NEW!  Immediate Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists

Powered by Fresh Arts, the fund will give Texas artists the immediate 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. 

If you are an artist interested in applying for Immediate Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists support, click here to apply for funding now.



RESOURCE HIGHLIGHTS


Stay up-to-date

For real-time updates and local news on Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, check out The City of Houston Emergency Information Center where you can also find handy links for the National Weather Service Radar, the CenterPoint Power Outage Tracker, and more.

Live Updates from Mayor Sylvester Turner (On Twitter: @SylvesterTurner)

* Keep up with Road Closures & Conditions and see real-time conditions via Houston Transtar Camera Views.



Access Emergency Funding

For Artists

* Fresh Arts Emergency Resource List has an extensive list of emergency grants for artists and non-artists alike. Most notable for artists: The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) provides emergency relief assistance including grants, no-interest loans, booth fee waivers and discounts on supplies and equipment.

* The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community.  

* The Haven Foundation offers emergency financial assistance to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.

* NEW - for Houston-based Artists:  Fresh Arts is waiving membership fees for our fiscal sponsorship program to eligible 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 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 see if you're eligible and apply now, click HERE.  


For anyone

* You don't have to be an artist to find emergency relief through FEMA's DisasterAssisance.gov where you can apply for numerous programs through a single application. Prefer to speak to someone about their emergency programs? Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

* Did you or a loved one lose your job because of Hurricane Harvey? Please know that you can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance online through the Texas Workforce Commission. Due to the impact to mail delivery, they encourage you to select direct deposit as your payment method.



Feeling helpless and want to help others in need?


* Volunteer your time (if you can do so safely!)

Anyone wanting and safely able to volunteer their time at TX and LA shelters, register to become a volunteer via American Red Cross. The Red Cross is also handling volunteer logistics for numerous places including the George R. Brown Convention Center. For those specifically interested in volunteering at the GRB, first complete the easy 4-step volunteer registration process online at redcross.org/volunteerthen once cleared, check-in at GRB Hall E Red Cross volunteer desk. Parking at Hilton Americas-Houston is open and free of charge.


* Share your home:

Did you know that AirBnB has set up a Disaster Response Program where individuals can donate space for evacuees?  All service fees are waived for those affected by the Hurricane Harvey disaster and checking in between August 23, 2017 and September 01, 2017.


* And because pets need help too:

Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. They've been working with area shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA. They are accepting donations of money, food and pet supplies, volunteer time, and homes for fostering pet evacuees. The SPCA of Texas seeks foster homes to help care for displaced animals: www.spca.org/foster. They also need financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.


* For with means to donate $$:

Fresh Arts Immediate Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists, will give Texas 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. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. 
You can also peruse hundreds of crowdfunding pages at Go Fund Me.com/HurricaneHarvey to help support individuals who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.




Avoid scams!

With millions of people affected by the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, there will inevitably be scammers and con artists looking to prey on people who have been displaced, whose homes need extensive repairs, and on the rest of us who want to help by donating to a cause that will help them. Consumerist.com has you covered with some tips on How To Avoid Scams & Fake Charities In Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey to keep scammers at bay.



Stay connected with the #HoustonStrong community

There are also dozens of Hurricane Harvey Facebook groups popping providing a community forum to share resources, flood photos, and locate emergency help for themselves or loved ones. One of the largest is the FB group with over 100k members: Hurricane Harvey 2017 - Together We Will Make It; TOGETHER WE WILL REBUILD.



For a comprehensive list of general and artist-specific resources visit Fresh Arts' Emergency Resources for Artists spreadsheet.

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Submitted by Christina Hernandez on Mon, Aug 21st at 7:45 pm


One of Fresh Arts fiscally sponsored projects is bringing vibrant colors to First Ward! 

Carol Simon, local artist and creator of First Ward is Blooming, seeks to involve the community in this innovative beautification project. When finished, the public art installation will consist of 10,ooo painted and cut water bottles arranged like a flower garden on a 150 ft fence along Houston Avenue. 



First Ward is Blooming
by Betsy Broaddus

Walking into the most colorful studio I’ve ever seen, I meet Carol Simon – creator of First Ward is Blooming. Simon creates large pieces of public artwork using recycled water bottles and plenty of bright colors. We chatted about how she stumbled upon art, her inspiration, and desired impact of this beautification project.

  

How did you get into art?
My daughters were both about to go to college and I was planning on becoming a life coach. At the same time, my friends were like, “Let’s do painting classes!” I thought that I was just going to take the class, but not become obsessed. In life coaching, you’re supposed to come up with a vision for your business. Mine was to help women in transition. This led me to realize, okay, maybe life coaching isn’t working, but what I’m really passionate about is painting. It went on from there. Like my work, I’m very fluid and let life take me where it takes me.

Tell me about First Ward is Blooming.
When I was on vacation, I saw water bottles that were cut into shapes of flowers, and I thought that was really cool. I ended up going to Prague and saw the John Lennon wall. I thought, wow, people are working on a piece of art together. That’s where I came up with the idea of using these water bottles on a fence and getting the community to work with me. 

 

What inspires your work? 
I’m super inspired by glass art blowing. A lot of glass blowers use these really vibrant colors, like most of my work. You see a theme on my work. Water bottles are very shiny and they’re kind of like glass. People sometimes mistake it for glass. 

What impact are you trying to make through this project?
Environmental issues made me realize the importance of this project. Originally, it was just the community making art together. It became the community making statements about water supply, landfills, and other pollutants. My goal is to reach out and find more organizations that have the same mission and purpose. 

To learn more about the First Ward is Blooming Project or to donate to the cause, visit: https://www.fresharts.org/content/first-ward-blooming





Want to know how Fresh Arts Fiscal Sponsorship program can help YOU raise more money for your creative project? 
Join us on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for a Brown Bag Lunch Info Session at United Way of Greater Houston to learn more about. We will be discussing how fiscal sponsorship works, who is eligible, and the benefits of being fiscally sponsored.  

This info session is FREE for Fresh Arts Members. Non-member cost is just $5 with early registration*. 
Free parking and complimentary beverages.

*early registration ends Tuesday, August 29, 2017.




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FISCAL SPONSORSHIP BROWN BAG

Brown Bag Info Session: Fiscal Sponsorship for Art Projects 
Wednesday, August 30  |  11:30am-1pm

@ United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Meeting Rooms C & D


Join us on August 30th at United Way of Greater Houston to learn more about the 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-one guidance after the workshop? 
Attending workshop participants with a Fresh Arts membership will have the opportunity to sign up got a complimentary 30 minute office hour consultation to discuss your project's eligibility for sponsorship. 

Interested in becoming a member of Fresh Arts? 
Email info@fresharts.org or visit our Membership Page


Early registration (BEFORE NOON on 8/29):
FREE for Fresh Arts Members
$5/non-members

Late registration (AFTER NOON on 8/29):
$5/Fresh Arts Members
$10/non-members

Questions? Email sarahstevens@fresharts.org or call 713-868-1839

Supernature: Esalen and the Human Potential


In the early 1960's two young visionaries, Richard Price and Michael Murphy, founded a place to explore and nurture what Aldous Huxley had named the “human potentialities,” his expression for the fantastic reaches of mind and body hinted at in the altered states of mystical literature, psychical research, and psychedelic experience. They named this new place "Esalen." And they sparked an enduring movement that has changed countless lives.

Murphy and his colleague, journalist George Leonard, named their new initiative “The Human Potential Movement.” The result was a new visionary school, a Hogwarts before Hogwarts, that fostered both a set of techniques to actualize these human potentials and a worldview in which these potentials could be recognized, accepted, and nurtured. Most of all, they delved, enthusiastically, into questions about the latent or secret nature of reality and the human being that were, and still are, considered out of bounds in the universities and religions.

Supernature: Esalen and the Human Potential is a documentary film about the influential Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and The Human Potential Movement it spawned. At a time of unprecedented political, social and ideological conflict, we believe the world would benefit from a broad, beautiful, and sophisticated exposure to the ideas and practices fostered by Esalen, particularly those that move us beyond the present schizophrenic split between religion and science. We believe that the world is crying out for positive, even ecstatic models and ideas that can embrace the best of our religious pasts without being bound to those pasts; that can celebrate the discoveries of science without equating these discoveries with a materialism of despair and meaninglessness; and that can finally envision the human being as a conscious embodiment of the evolving cosmos. With Supernature, we hope to bring exactly this vision to a much wider audience and so play our part in the transformation and future of American culture.

Supernature is a big story framed through the prism of Jeff Kripal’s definitive history of Esalen and structured around his own spiritual journey through Catholicism, Hinduism, and the study of religion. There are two big ideas explored in the film: (1) the notion of a living, conscious cosmos evolving into and beyond human nature to a future supernature ("the universe is a machine for the making of gods," as a French philosopher once put it), and (2) a model of Mind as filtered through and reduced by brain but not produced by it, that is, a kind of Supermind or cosmic intelligence of which our present human mentalities are but tiny rivulets but also intimate and precious expressions.  Hence the core notion of the "human potential": we are infinitely more than we imagine; we are not yet what we can be; we will be immeasurably more.

Fresh Art fiscal sponsorship program helps artists and arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.

Mickey Leland, A Man for All ....


This is a documentary based on the life of Mickey Leland. His life was full of promise, vitality, and most importantly, compassion for all of humanity -- qualities of a modern hero. He left a great legacy. He left us too early.


Mickey Leland’s story is both unique and universal.  He came into this world like many other black males. He was poor, fatherless, and grew up in what is reported to be one of the roughest neighborhoods in the country, Houston’s Fifth Ward.  As a young boy, the misery and injustice he saw in the world around him troubled him.  He was taught that he could be anything he wanted to be, and that he could do something about the poverty in his neighborhood.  It was his choice,  vowing that he would strive to improve the quality of life in his community. He was a man of his word.  

Once Leland became a Congressman, his perspective expanded beyond the Fifth Ward in Houston, Texas to include more global concerns.  In order to expand inner-city children’s vision to the world he sent them to live on kibbutzim in Israel.  A growing interest in his roots led him to Africa where he began focusing much of his energy.  He became so impassioned about the plight of millions of starving Africans that ending world hunger became his personal crusade.

Tragically, it was on a famine-relief mission to one of the refugee camps in Ethiopia that Leland's life came to a shocking and untimely end.  His plane crashed into a mountain during a rainstorm just forty-five miles from his destination.  Mickey’s death was a tremendous loss, not only for those who loved him, but also for those who desperately needed him.

The ambition of the film is to inspire individuals; especially the young. Mickey Leland, in his time, created hope for humanity reaching across the aisle, and finding common ground, and not just talking about serious problems, but implementing solutions. He was instrumental in forming the House Select Committee on World Hunger and then carrying 50 pound bags of grain off planes to feed the hungry children in Africa. He talked to anyone who would listen; the plight of the hungry was foremost on his mind.

Mickey Leland is a Man for All, what he believed is still relevant today and we believe the film will bring his ideals into focus and keep his legacy alive. We need Mickey's voice more today than ever before.

Fresh Art fiscal sponsorship program helps artists and arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.


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