Fresh Arts Summit

Anything but a typical conference, the Fresh Arts Summit offers a fresh perspective on the business of art. Carefully curated, the creative entrepreneur focused weekend seeks to motivate and inspire creative learning through a mix of 20+ skill-building workshops, expert lectures, artist panels, round table discussions, peer exchanges, and mentorship opportunities.

Topics include arts marketing and self-promotion, financial management + fundraising, copyrights + legal resources, and other topics related to arts entrepreneurship. Sessions are led by over two dozen organizational partners and field experts including practicing artists and other creative leaders working in the Houston arts community.

The Summit is ideal for emerging to established artists, makers, and creatives of all disciplines who seek to advance their entrepreneurial skills, expand their peer network, and tap into local resources. 



The 1st annual Fresh Arts Summit was held July 19-20, 2019 at Silver Street Studios and kicked-off with an Arts Resource Day Expo, afternoon artist panels, and evening cocktail reception and keynote address. The 2-day series of weekend events convened over 200 artists from Greater Houston and beyond.  Check back for updates on the 2020 Summit or subscribe to our email lists. Click here for 2019 photos.



Fresh Arts welcomes artists with disabilities and will be providing Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) for selected sessions. Silver Street Studios is a wheelchair accessible venue. Participants with disabilities or accessibility concerns are encouraged to contact us in advance so we may provide necessary accommodations.

713-868-1893  M-F 10am-5pm


Silver Street Studios,

2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007

Located in the heart of Arts District Houston, Silver Street is an arts and event complex featuring a 20,000 sq ft event space and 68 creative studios. Since opening, Silver has been home to some of the most exciting festivals, markets, and events in Houston. In addition to rotating fine art exhibitions and public programs throughout the year, Silver Street artists welcome the public into their studios on the Second Saturday of each month.

Coming from outside of Houston? Plan your trip with this neighborhood guide from Arts District Houston. For hotel recommendations and discounts, please email us!

artist summit location map


The 2019 Fresh Arts Summit is supported by the Houston Endowment and the National Endowment for the Arts. Fresh Arts is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Brown Foundation, Inc.



The artists, arts administrators, and other creative professionals who lent their time, expertise, and words of wisdom to the 2019 Summit planning process.

  • Eepi Chaad | Art League Houston
  • Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Houston Poet Laureate
  • Justin Garcia | Visual Artist
  • Yeiry Guevara | Houston Arts Alliance
  • Lauren Hainely | Houston Arts Alliance
  • Natalya Hutchinson | UH Arts Leadership
  • Mollie Miller | Dance Source Houston
  • Daral Moore-Washington | Carnegie Mellon
  • Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton | Former Houston Poet Laureate
  • Jana Ortega | City of Houston- HTV Houston Television
    Nicola Parente | Visual Artist
  • Moe Penders | Photography + Digital Media
  • Perry Price | Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Dominique Royem | Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
  • Diane Scott | Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Chris Thomas | SonKiss’d Dance Concepts
  • Deidre Thomas | Houston Arts Alliance
  • Grace Zuniga | Sawyer Yards
  • Antena Houston | Spanish Interpreters
  • Communication Axess Ability Group (CAAG)
  • VSA Texas | The State Organization of Arts and Disability