2017 -18 Idea Fund Updates
Round Ten Application Open
Deadline: MONDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2017
What types of projects will be funded?
The Idea Fund is committed to new, risk-taking forms that help to define new practices in contemporary art. The Idea Fund favors projects that exemplify unconventional, participatory or social practice, conceptual, innovative or entrepreneurial, or activist artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support. Works that are eligible for conventional sources of funding are highly unlikely to be awarded.
A panel of professionals will select between 12-14 projects submitted by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives or collaboratives that must be completed by December 31, 2018.
Who can apply?
The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships. If applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created specifically for this project; however, the lead member of the group must be living and working in the greater Houston area.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions that are not addressed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rachel Cook, TIF Administrator, at 713.223.8346.
2017-18 TIF Intern: Emily Areta
Emily Areta was born and raised in Southwest Houston. She received a BA in Latin American Studies and Legal Studies from Scripps College, California. During her studies, she participated in an exchange program at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Rabat, Morocco. Upon graduating, she received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Santiago de Veraguas, Panamá, her mother’s home country. Recently, she was the Program Coordinator for the College Community Career where she mentored students through the college application process and helped them develop leadership and civic engagement skills.
As an artist and musician, she has continued to foster her passion for education in a variety of capacities. She is excited to start working with The Idea Fund and helping local artists make their visions come true. Areta is passionate about using art as a tool for transforming personal lives and communities, and hopes to do just that in Houston!
The Idea Fund Grant Recipient Showcase
JooYoung Choi’s Round 8 (2016) "The Snow People Travel to Texas Initiative" was a collaborative interactive project with a set of Snow People puppets that were distributed to six Houstonians who were their caretakers for summer 2016. Through the construction and distribution of snow puppets, this project explored how imaginative play objects can enhance lives.
Tony Day, Lina Dib and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson’s Round 7 (2015) "Fossilized in Houston" project created a means for Houston artists to contribute to an enhanced awareness about this issue, and hopefully push decision-makers in energy companies, city planners and individual citizens to reconsider collectively destructive yet normative behaviors.
"The Beauty Box" was a Round 5 (2013) project by Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle who transformed an abandoned portion of a building into an installation and gallery space illuminating a particular time in an average Third Ward home prior to integration and hosted artist talks, round table discussions and other public events.
The Idea Fund
The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships in the greater Houston area. Grant recipients receive funding for projects that exemplify unconventional, participatory or social practice, conceptual, innovative or entrepreneurial, or activist artistic practices. Grants are competitive and awarded by a panel consisting of arts professionals from around the country and a past Idea Fund grant recipient.