Arts Action Fund

The Arts Action Fund is the first of its kind in Houston and exists as a catalyst for closing arts access gaps in schools.

The Arts Action Fund invests a total of $250,000 annually in arts education programs across Houston ISD to ensure students have access to meaningful arts opportunities as part of their complete education. The Fund’s goal is to unlock potential for new investments by fiscally supporting high-quality, effective partnerships between Arts and Culture Partners and any HISD school. The Fund prioritizes serving underfunded campuses in with reduced access to the arts.

Through the Arts Action Fund, Arts Connect provides capacity building opportunities to expand knowledge and understanding of how the arts impact student engagement and well-being. 

2022 - 2023 ARTS ACTION FUND

The 2022-2023 Arts Action Fund is now CLOSED.
Stay tuned for details on the 2023-2024 Fund.

The Arts Action Fund is focused on:

1. Seed Funding - The main goal of a Seed Grant is to ensure the support of partnership development to increase access for students to experience the arts at their school. For some partnerships, this may start a relationship. For others, the grant will seed a continued relationship.


Seed Funding grants can be up to $3,500; per organization for Collaborative grants

2. Learning, Innovation and Action (LIA) - The main goal of the LIA Grant is to invest deeply in expanding already existing partnerships between organizations and a Houston ISD school. This funding, grounded in an established relationship, allows space to explore an innovative idea that is responsive to campus’ needs. All parties must be invested in the overall concept and how it deepens arts education impact for students.

Learning, Innovation and Action grant can range from $5,000 - $10,000; up to $15,000 for Collaborative grants

Houston ISD Schools:

Interested in applying to the Arts Action Fund?
Connect directly with an Arts and Culture Partner by: 

1. Exploring our Arts and Culture Partner Page here!
2. Then heading to artlook® to learn more and gather contact information! 

Not sure if the Arts Action Fund is for your campus?
Learn more here.

Have questions about the Arts Action Fund?

Submit them below.

ARTS ACTION FUND OVERVIEW

In-depth overview of the

2022-23 Arts Action Fund.

2022-23 Arts Action
Fund Grants

All 2022-23 Arts Action Fund grants are public.

THE ARTS ACTION FUND IN NUMBERS SINCE 2018

64,494

students have participated in diverse arts partnership opportunities.

1,970

classrooms have been served through arts partnerships.

316

192

direct arts and culture partnerships with schools.  

HISD campuses served.

$730,000

strategically invested in arts opportunities for students.