The Idea Fund provides cash awards to up to 10 artists, associations of artists and/or curators that create and showcase new work that involves the public via process, production, or presentation. The Idea Fund will accept proposals from artists/curators focusing on the visual arts, performance, film, video, new media, social practice, and interdisciplinary projects.

Projects may include an exhibition or exhibition series; a public art project; a one-time event or performance; the ongoing work of a collective, collaborative, or artist space; an online project or publication; an artist residency; a series of screenings; and more. The Idea Fund seeks to support new works with the resulting project activities accessible and presented to the public.

Houston is the second community targeted by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support the vibrant arts scene. The pilot effort in this re-granting program is Alternative Exposure created by Southern Exposure in San Francisco For more information about their project and grantees, visit: .


The Idea Fund will support projects at levels up to $3,500. The resulting project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the state of Texas.

  1. 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are NOT eligible to apply
  2. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2010

Awardees are encouraged to complete an evaluation/final report after completion of the project. Upon submission of final report, grantees are eligible for an additional $500 award to seed their next project.

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Involved Organizations

About The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol's will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation's objective is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work. The Foundation values the contribution these organizations make to artists and audiences and to society as a whole by supporting, exhibiting and interpreting a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice.

The Warhol Foundation Initiative is a multi-million dollar capacity-building effort directed at smaller visual arts organizations. The Initiative has provided substantial support to numerous small to mid-sized artist-based organizations, helping them attain greater fiscal stability while improving services to artists and their audiences.

About Aurora Picture Show

Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit cinema dedicated to non-commercial film, video and new media artists, providing promotion, exhibition and honoraria. Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking, and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Since 1998, Aurora has presented over 3500 short films and videos from around the world.

About DiverseWorks Artspace

Known for its groundbreaking artistic and education programs, DiverseWorks is one of the premiere contemporary arts centers in the United States. For over 27 years, DiverseWorks has been a hub for the presentation of daring and innovative work, commissioning major artistic projects in all disciplines, and an advocate for artists worldwide. Founded by artists for artists, DiverseWorks continues its commitment to bold artistic exploration, creative risk-taking, and building audiences for contemporary art.

About Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses is a neighborhood-based art and cultural organization located in Houston's Third Ward. PRH was established in 1993 on a site of 22 abandoned shotgun houses (circa 1930) to connect the work of artists with the revitalization of our community. It was inspired by the work of African-American artist Dr. John Biggers who celebrated the social significance of the shotgun house community in his paintings. Our work is founded on the principle that art and the community that creates it can revitalize even the most depressed of inner-city neighborhoods. Thus, the mission of Project Row Houses is to transform community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture.