Artist INC Houston

M-AAA collaborates with Fresh Arts to present Artist INC in Houston

About Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts is dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston’s arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public’s engagement with the arts. Fresh Arts is committed to the growth of a thriving, innovative, and diverse arts sector in Houston and towards that end, provides programming and services in the arenas of professional development training, resource aggregation, showcasing, community building, and audience development. They are a help-desk and small business development center, as well as an advocate, intermediary, and support network for Houston’s creative community.

Artist INC Live Houston Spring 2020

The Houston Artist INC Live Spring 2020 session were to meet on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm from March 18 to May 13, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, these sessions have been postponed. New dates will be shared with participants when determined.

Sessions will take place at Frost Bank Financial Center, 1700 Post Oak Blvd. 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77056.

Spring 2020 Schedule

The Spring 2020 Session will run on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:oo p.m. Sessions will take place at Frost Bank Financial Center, 1700 Post Oak Blvd. 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77056.

  1. Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  2. Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  3. Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  4. Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  5. Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  6. Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  7. Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  8. Wednesday, May 13, 2020
What Works Workshops

Join us for What Works! workshops to learn more about the program.

What Works
Wed. Nov. 20, 2019
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Love Dance Houston
2206 Edwards Street, Suite B, Houston, TX 77007

What Works (encore)
Wed. Dec. 11, 2019
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Baker Ripley- Leonel Castillo Community Center
2101 South Street, Houston, TX 77009

Houston Peer Facilitators

Outspoken Bean

Emanuelee “Outspoken Bean” is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and an educator. Bean travels the country performing his original works and inspiring creative minds. Bean is a military brat but, calls San Antonio, TX, home and since high school Bean has been producing shows and performing continuously. That work ethic has taken him to Trinidad to Off-Broadway New York City and across the Houston Metropolitan where he inspires people from all walks of life to find their voice. He is a Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked ninth in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked second in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013 and, is ranked eleventh at National Poetry Slam 2014 (both with Houston VIP). He started performing spoken-word in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their region and grabbed the eighth place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI ’08). Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning and Texas Commission for the Arts, and Houston Grand Opera. He serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project under Writers in the Schools’ WITS Performance program. Where professional performance/slam poets encourage self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance.

Eepi Chaad

Eepi Chaad is an arts access advocate, a working studio artist, and an environmentalist. Each passion feeds the other and this has informed her mission. After studying architecture at the University of Houston with a focus on sustainability, Eepi decided to shift her career path to focus on a different way supporting healthy social practices. She worked to develop her personal artistic practice while concurrently working in arts outreach by creating continuing professional development programming for artists and arts educators. Eepi went on to work as a residency coordinator and teaching artist for an eco-art nonprofit on the Gulf Coast that bridged the gap between arts access and ecology through public art projects and outdoor adventures to promote conservation of coastal margins. Eepi was then selected as one of the first resident artists for the City of Houston, where she worked with immigrant and refugee populations to create communal art as an exercise in creative placemaking. Most recently, Eepi has joined Art League Houston where she is spearheading the growth of the organization’s outreach and arts access programming. Eepi believes that just like art, every community is built of ingenuity and creativity therefore these practices must be utilized in tandem to grow a successful and healthy society for all.

Mario Figueroa, Jr. (aka GONZO247)

Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247 was born and raised in Houston, TX. GONZO was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught artist in 1985. He opened Aerosol Warfare Gallery, founded The Graffiti & Street Art Art Museum of Texas (2015), produced an Aerosol Warfare video series, established a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city’s first largest art production of its kind), has participated in more than fifty  exhibitions and art projects while also working with top brand campaigns that speak to urban communities. He has evolved his studio art from aerosol on canvas to aerosol on layered plexiglass using a backwards painting technique. He creates art on a local, national and international level. He is well known as an upstanding artist and an early-on pioneer in the graffiti and street art genres in Houston, TX; he manages Aerosol Warfare and continues to create art, murals, and team-based productions. He has served several communities in his local hometown Houston, Texas through teaching his medium and volunteering his time to fellow artists and art groups throughout his career. Some of the local organizations he has worked with are TEDxYouth Houston, Avenue CDC – Art on The Avenue, DiverseWorks, Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, The Orange Show Center and Project Row Houses.

Tami Merrick

Tami Merrick has lived/worked for the past sixteen years at her studio in the First Ward Cultural Arts District in Houston, TX. She has extensive studies at Art League and is completing a certification at MFAH Glassell School of Art with major in painting and sculpture. In addition, she has a Master of Architecture degree. She received a Houston City Initiative Grant for an international collaboration project. “Rorpost Collaboration Project” was created with her artist critique organization called Art Chatter. She is also was part of a two artist collaborative sculpture commission at the George R. Brown convention in Houston. Process and color field with juxtapositions of flatten forms are inherent in her art career. She experiments in multi-layered mediums, including ink, Mylar, collage, acrylic/ enamel/ oil paints, wood, and salvaged materials. Her sculptural work is still in exploration and flux in terms of medium and materials. Most recent series worked mostly in assemblage of found materials from Houston Building recycle center.

Mollie Miller

Mollie Haven Miller is a dancer, educator, and arts administrator from the Houston area. She received her BS in Dance from Texas State University before returning to Houston. As a dancer she has performed works by Sara Draper, Rebecca French, Lydia Hance, and Ashley Horn, as well as her own choreography. Mollie has taught a wide range and variety dance genres, and still continues to work preschool age children through creative movement classes. She has worked for Dance Source Houston, a service organization that promotes and supports Houston’s professional dance community, for six years and was recently promoted to Executive Director. In her expanded role with DSH, Mollie produces the Barnstorm Dance Fest, facilitates the organization’ s programs and services including membership, residency, dance writings, and professional development workshops, as well as serves as the face of the organization and advocate for the local dance community.

Nicola Parente

A Houston resident for twenty-nine years, Italian American artist Nicola Parente currently works out of his studio at Winter Street Studios. Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. Most recent projects and exhibition include Genesis, a museum exhibit at the Museo de Guadalupe in Mexico. Earlier this year Parente partnered with Writers in the Schools (WITS) to transform trees on Buffalo Bayou Park into “Poet-Trees” during National Poetry Month. This interactive installation had more than 7,000 visitors over the course of four weeks. In 2016–17, Parente’s paintings were part of a touring exhibition between Esbjerg, Denmark, and Houston, TX. In 2014, Parente was featured as one of Houston’s 100 creatives by HoustonPress and was the featured artist in the Bayou Review, a literary and visual arts journal published by the University of Houston.

Dominique Røyem

Dominique Røyem is the Music Director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. An active guest conductor, she has worked with ensembles such as the Ukrainian State Orchestra, Plevin Philharmonic, Galveston Symphony, Moores Opera Center, Sugarland Opera, HBU Opera Theatre, and the Houston Civic Orchestra. She was the Resident Conductor for Bayou City Concert Musicals, Music Director for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!  during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, and the Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s 2012–13 season. She has a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Her dissertation, titled “Generic Integration and Its Expressive Potential in the Music of Kurt Weill and Richard Rodgers,” uses semiotic and genre theory to illuminate the similarities between opera and musical theatre in the 1940s and 1950s. Dominique currently lectures at the Women’s Institute of Houston. Her upcoming engagements can be found on, or on Twitter: @dominiqueroyem, Instagram: @dominiqueroyem, and Facebook: Dominique Røyem.

Lori Yuill

Lori Yuill is an independent choreographer, performer, and teaching artist. Her work challenges audiences to look at dance in new ways, and aims to create and connect to community through movement. She did her undergraduate work at Texas Christian University and then moved to Guatemala to perform and teach with Momentum Danza Contemporanea. In 2000 Lori returned to Houston and performed with Suchu Dance. In 2003 Lori moved to New York to pursue a masters degree at Sarah Lawrence College. She spent the next decade in New York and DC performing for Sara Rudner, Anneke Hansen, Milka Djordjevich, Stephanie Miracle, and Daniel Burkholder/The Playground. Lori’s choreography has been presented internationally in Paraguay, Guatemala, Brooklyn, New York City, and Houston. She was a 2014–15 Artist in Residence at Dance Source Houston and received an Artist Project Grant from Houston Art Alliance to make “The Story of a Space”, a site specific piece set in Tranquility Park.

Artist INC Houston Administrators

Angela Carranza

Angela Carranza first joined the Fresh Arts team in 2011 as an intern and has served as the Manager of Programs and Services since the summer of 2015. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a BA in Art History and a minor in Studio Arts. After her studies, she traveled to more than twenty states as a faux finisher and project coordinator for a corporate design firm in Austin, TX, which evolved into a nine-year-long career in the interior design field. Later as the longtime Project Director and Design Consultant for a small residential firm, Angela focused on art consultation and creative design solutions for high-end, small space interiors. As an experienced art consultant and curator, she began utilizing her artist and gallery relationships to independently provide art inventory and visualization services to private collectors. Aside from art, Angela is also an active animal welfare advocate and community outreach volunteer for Barrio Dogs, Inc., where she utilizes her graphic design skills to save the world… one puppy at a time.

Marci Dallas

Marci Regan Dallas has a strong background in arts leadership, fundraising, and financial management. Marci holds an MBA and an MA in Art History. She is a graduate of Christie’s Art and Business program as well as the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She has previously held administrative, curatorial, and development roles in organizations such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Holocaust Museum Houston. She is an active community volunteer, having served on committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Planned Giving Council of Houston, and the American Alliance of Museums.