Very Artsy News: The Idea Fund, Virtual Ballet and More

A weekly brief on what’s trending in Houston’s arts and culture scene.

By Amarie Gipson September 20, 2021

Gerardo Rosales, Carnival (2019). Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 48. Rosales's solo exhibition, "Undercover" will be on view from October 6-January 5, 2022 at the Galveston Arts Center. 

Are the leaves orange yet? Fall is officially here this week, and we’ve got another round-up of important artsy updates for the city.

Last night, Houston’s own Debbie Allen won the prestigious Governor’s Award at the 2021 Emmy’s, the Houston Cinema Arts Society is kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the DeLuxe Art Show and it’s the last week to catch the MFAH’s Monet to Matisse exhibition.

Here’s what you need to know this week. 

The Idea Funds Launches 15th Grant Cycle

The Idea Fund, a local re-granting program that supports the work of practicing artists in the Greater Houston Area, is accepting applications for their 15th grant cycle. The initiative is powered by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with local organizations Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses. Twelve grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual artists and collectives, grantees will be selected by a 3-person jury. Applicants are invited to attend one of three info sessions to learn more about the criteria and process. 

For more information visit, here

MFA Houston Hosts Virtual Lecture with Visual Artist Julie Mehretu 

As part of a lecture series with the artists whose work inaugurated the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, MFAH curator Alison de Lima will be in conversation with abstract painter Julie Mehretu. Born in Ethiopia, Mehretu works lives and works in NYC. 

To register for the lecture, visit here 

The Bayou City Art Festival is Looking for Volunteers 

For almost 50 years, the Bayou City Art Festival has provided unique experiences for people of all ages to learn and support the city’s diverse artists. This year, the beloved festival returns to Downtown on October 9-10 and they are looking for volunteers to assist. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival, a t-shirt, entry into a raffle and more.

For more information on areas to support and sign up, visit here

The Houston Ballet Unveils A New Digital Project 

Play, the Houston Ballet’s new digital project, gives fans an inside look at their 2021-2022 performance season. Featuring 26 dancers dressed in business suits, the project was filmed at 16 locations in Houston and captures the daily grind of the white-collar worker. Audiences can see an excerpt of Play onstage on September 30-October 3 during the Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance. 

To learn more about the project and find information on how to see it onstage, visit here 

Houston First Showcases Artists for Hispanic Heritage Month

Houston First, a local destination management organization is presenting a collection of artists in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Paintings by Venezuelan-born, Houston-based visual artist Gerardo Rosales will be on view in the Partnership Tower at Avenida de las Americas from now until January 9, 2022. In addition, a public installation of 10, 6-foot-tall skulls will be nestled in Discovery Green starting October 6. This November, local artist Angel Quesada welcomes the public to a community altar where visitors are welcome to leave mementos of their loved ones. 

For more information, visit here

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