“We have tremendous creativity here and artists are a big part of what makes living and visiting Houston so appealing.  I am very interested in how we can help our artists and up-and-coming talent be successful in their careers.”      

-Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2017 on the Artist INC-Houston program


First launched in Kansas City, Artist INC is an annual training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Limited to 25 participants per session, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lectures.


  • Skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law, and technology;
  • Increased knowledge and the ability to access local and national art business resources;
  • Strategic planning for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and a
  • Long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.



Powered by Fresh Arts, 2020 will mark the fourth year of Artist INC-Houston. The eight week session is hosted yearly each spring. Click here for more session information.   


Applications for Artist INC Houston 2020 will open November 1, 2019. 



The program is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging through established careers. Applicants should communicate how the Artist INC program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.

Artist INC Houston 2017 session

Artist INC-Houston is powered by Fresh Arts and is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additional support for the Artist INC Houston 2019 session has been provided in part by Frost Bank and Art Colony Association.

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