Fresh Arts Summit

A conference for artists, makers, and creatives exploring fresh perspectives on entrepreneurship and community.

Fresh Arts Summit is an annual two-day conference for artists, makers, and creatives of all disciplines who seek to advance their entrepreneurial skills, expand their peer network, and tap into local resources.

Hosting 200 artists, the community-building weekend offers a mix of 20+ interactive workshops, multi-media lectures, artist panels, and peer exchanges. Sessions are led by over two dozen organization partners, local experts, artists and other creative leaders. Session topics include marketing, legal issues, finances and fundraising, self-care and other artist business essentials.

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.  Click here for 2019 photos.



The 2020 Fresh Arts Summit will take place June 19-20, 2020 at Silver Street Studios.

Early-bird registration will open soon! Check back for updates or signup to receive program updates including registration information, presenters, schedules + more!

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Fresh Arts welcomes artists with disabilities and will provide 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.

713-868-1839  M-F 10am-4pm



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.



Planning for the 2020 Summit is underway, but we’d like to thank the artists, arts administrators, and other creative professionals who lent their time, expertise, and words of wisdom to the planning process for the Summit’s inaugural year in 2019.

  • 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