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. 

For Round Eleven (2019), the Idea Fund Jury awarded a total of $54,000 to the following artists: 

Stimulus Grant ($7,000)

“C.S. Watson and the Bio-Engineered “Ultra” Protagonist: An Examination of the Impact of Symbolic Annihilation and an Exploration of the Evolutionary Potentialities of Sci-fi/Fantasy Media” by JooYoung Choi

“The Roots of Texas Mexican Food” by Virginia Diaz, Adán Medrano and Lucía Aljas

"Black Arts Movement Houston (BAM)" by Harrison Guy

"Rising Tide Projects" by Jessica Ninci & Dan Schmahl

"The Bio-Art Bayou-torium" by Henry G. Sanchez

"Washing Water" by Carrie Schneider

Catalyst Grant ($4,000)

“Inauguration” by Zuqiang Peng

“Veer Queer: A Spectrum South Podcast” by Megan Smith & Kelsey Gledhill

Spark Grant ($1,000)

“Unsettled Space” by Laura Drey

“S.M.Art Girls project Houston Hydro-stencils” by Hannah Gourlay

“can i get a witness” by Regina Leslie

Research and Development Funds ($1,000)

“Latinx Art Writing Series” by Reyes Ramirez

The Idea Fund provides cash awards to artists at three distinct levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000) artist-generated, or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support. Support is provided for individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives, or partnerships from the Houston metro area (Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, and Montgomery counties).

Representative Image
Paraspace Books, Idea Fund Grantee | Photo by S Rodriguez