Pride Houston Launches New Art Program

Pride Houston is announcing a brand new, art-focused, component to our organization’s operations known as the Pride Houston Art Program. Our priority for this program is to highlight Houston-based LGBTQIA+ artists and elevate their artworks/careers onto a national and international platform.

Pride Houston is looking to identify five Houston artists to feature in its inaugural program with an art exhibit at Houston City Hall during Pride Month (June 2019). Artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each for participating in this exciting new opportunity. To that end an open call will be launched to last from February 12, 2019 to March 24, 2019. All LGBTQIA+ artists who are interested should submit their art proposal showcasing their artistic and creative ability and speak to how their work resonates with our welcoming and diverse city, celebrates Pride and reflects the LGBTQIA+ community. Deadline to apply is MIDNIGHT on March 24, 2019. The guidelines and application portal for the Pride Houston Art Program can be found at https://pridehouston.org/participate/artist-open-call/.

“The mission of Pride Houston is to bring LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies together and educate the world on important issues for the community, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture and strive for equality,” said Lo Roberts, President of Pride Houston. “Through this new art program, we hope to engage a dynamic and diverse community within Houston – our artists – who can use their artistic medium to speak truth to our mission so we can showcase Houston as the welcoming and accepting city it is through not only the many Pride celebrations we produce but now also through the arts.”

Pride Houston has identified a panel of experts to assist in the scoring of all submissions. The selection committee will consist of artists, curators and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. This group includes: Eepi Chaad – Artist and Director of Community Engagement at Art League Houston, Eric Schell – Artist and LGBTQ+ Community Organizer, Jeanette Degollado – Artist and Zach Gresham – Artist and Program Manager for Arts in Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The committee will review all applications and score the work on a 50 point scale with up to 30 points for the Art Proposal and supplemental document, 10 Points for Community Involvement and 10 points for Artistic Merit. The top five artists identified will be submitted to the Board of Directors of Pride Houston for final approval. The approved/selected artists will be notified in April of their award.

About Pride Houston
Pride Houston is a 100% volunteer run organization and is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to bring lesbians, gay-men, bisexuals, transgender individuals and allies together to educate the world on issues important to the LGBT community, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture and strive for equality.

For any questions or more information about this program please contact Radu Barbuceanu at rbarbuceanu@pridehouston.org and keep up with all of our events and programs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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