Artist INC Goes to Houston


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Welcomes the Program, Made Possible by a Partnership Between Fresh Arts and M-AAA

Houston artists can now apply to be in the first class of Artist INC Houston. Applications will be due January 24, 2017.

“I want to thank Mid-America Arts Alliance and Fresh Arts for stepping up to bring this outstanding program to Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “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.”

Artist INC is a program of the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Innovation Center and provides cutting edge training seminars that address the specific daily business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Over the eight-week training, artists gain the knowledge and support to strengthen their creative practices and grow their arts businesses, equipping them with the tools to make a living with their artwork.

The first class of twenty-five participants will be led by Houston Peer Facilitators Outspoken Bean (creative writing, spoken word performances), GONZO247 (visual/street/public art), Lori Yuill (dance, choreography), Tami Merrick (visual arts, mixed media, architecture), Mollie Miller (dance, choreography, arts administration) and Felipe Lopez (multi-disciplinary, visual arts, video & sound installations).

(Pictured, left to right: Marci Dallas (Fresh Arts), Todd Stein (Mid-America Arts Alliance), Lori Yuill, Mollie Miller, Angela Carranza (Fresh Arts), Felipe Lopez, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Tami Merrick, Outspoken Bean, Debbie McNulty (Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs) and GONZO247.)

To learn more and apply for Artist INC Houston, visit Fresh Arts. And don’t forget that applications are also open for artists in Northwest Arkansas to participate in Artist INC at Arts Center of the Ozarks.