Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization 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 providing the resources, information, and a platform for artists and arts enthusiasts to engage in an environment that promotes community driven artistic expression. Whether facilitating dialogue between novice artists and experienced arts professionals to promote growth, holding annual events to benefit the local arts economy, or exhibiting some of the most talented up-and- coming artists, Fresh Arts is devoted to keeping the arts in Houston alive.

Fresh Arts is pleased to announce our Annual Gala fundraiser, the Crystal Ball on Friday, February 2nd from 8pm – 12am. We are going to be putting on the glitz and glamor to celebrate Fresh Arts’ impact in Houston’s art community.

Every year a big highlight of the event is the silent auction, which features distinctive lifestyle packages from a wide range of Houston businesses and artisans. We are writing with the hope that you will consider donating to be featured in the Crystal Ball Silent Auction. Your generous donation will significantly help us reach our fundraising goals. 

In exchange for your support, you will receive on-site acknowledgement and the opportunity to be showcased to over 500 attendees.  As a token of our appreciation, auction donors with donation valuations over $250 will receive a complimentary ticket to the gala. It promises to be a fantastic evening to raise money for a great cause! 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. The Crystal Ball is truly a celebration of artists and the gifts they bring to our city and its community. We hope you will make plans to join us on February 2nd and be a part of something special. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To be included in our program, please notify us or return the attached form by 01/19/2018. In-hand deadline for silent auction items is 01/26/2018.

Drop-off location:  Fresh Arts, 1502 Sawyer St. #103, Houston, TX 77007
Mail (Flat Mail Only): Fresh Arts, 1502 Sawyer St. #103, Houston, TX 77007
Drop-off hours: 11AM - 5PM   


Fresh Arts is pleased to announce our Annual Gala fundraiser, the Crystal Ball on Friday, February 2nd from 8pm – 12am at Silver Street Studios. We are going to be putting on the glitz and glamor to celebrate Fresh Arts’ impact on Houston’s artist community.

Every year a big highlight of the event is the silent art auction, which features incredible works from a wide range of local artists. We are writing with the hope that you will consider donating to be featured in the Crystal Ball Silent Art Auction. Your generous donation will significantly help us reach our fundraising goals. 

In exchange for your donation of an artwork with a minimum starting bid at or above $150, you will receive acknowledgement in the Silent Auction Program and the opportunity to be showcased to over 500 attendees.  As a token of our appreciation, you will receive complimentary ticket(s)* to the gala.

*Artists who donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their donated auction item will receive 1 free ticket; those donating 80% or 100% will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the event.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. The Crystal Ball is truly a celebration of artists and the gifts they bring to our city and its community. We hope you will make plans to join us on February 2nd and be a part of something special. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To be included in our program, please notify us or return the attached form by 01/24/2018 (NEW DATE). Drop-off deadline for art is 01/26/2018 by 5:30pm (FIRM).

Drop-off location:  Fresh Arts, 1502 Sawyer St. #103, Houston, TX 77007
Drop-off hours: 11AM - 5:30PM, Monday - Friday   


It is most important to use this form for physical checks received by donors. (All checks must be made out to "Fresh Arts"-- not the project title. Please ask donors to include your project title in the check memo line.)

Checks may be mailed or delivered to the Fresh Arts offices:
1502 Sawyer St. #103
Houston, TX 77007

Regular office hours are M-F (10am-6pm). Please call before dropping by: 713.868.1839

Credit card donations may be made online via your project's profile page on the Fresh Arts' website.

You should only submit this form if any of the below apply:

1) You are starting a new project that was not listed in your original application for sponsorship

2) You plan to implement significant changes in programming

3) There have been changes or update to the purposes for which grant funds are spent 

Only projects that are currently approved as fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts should submit this form

This form must be filled out upon requesting a disbursement of funds from Fresh Arts for fiscally sponsored projects. All disbursements must be released to the project manager or the legal entity whose tax ID we have on file. (We will not be paying third-party vendors or contractors.)

In order for Fresh Arts to process this request, all fields in this form must be completed and supporting documents (invoices or receipts) for the disbursement must be attached.

EXAMPLE: You need to pay 2 vendors for expenses related to your project. When filling out this form, please list the invoice amounts from both vendors below and then, attach the corresponding invoices to your request. Fresh Arts will cut ONE check to YOU (project manager/legal entity) for the combined amount.

Project managers may only request disbursements up to the amount of the project's account balance.

Before you apply, please read the Fiscal Sponsorship FAQs, as well as check your eligibility via the questions below. Also, please note that you must be a current member of Fresh Arts to apply for fiscal sponsorship. (You may read more about membership and join here.)

Currently, fiscal sponsorship applications are reviewed once every month by a special committee, whose recommendations are subject to approval by the Fresh Arts board of directors. Please allow adequate time for the approval process before beginning to raise funds for your project.

(If you already have a budget, mission statement, and project description prepared, the application should take roughly 30-45 minutes.) 

Click here to download a budget template for your application