Grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives designed by and for communities of color.
BIPOC Arts Network and Fund, or BANF, was created to provide resources and networks that support the vibrant Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other communities of color of Greater Houston in fully displaying their power, values and traditions. Its goals are achieved through grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives that revolutionize the local funding landscape, break down silos within the arts ecosystem, and welcome everyone to support and learn from BIPOC arts communities.
BANF is an independent initiative funded by the generous contributions of national and local foundations, including Houston Endowment, the Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Foundation, Kinder Foundation and The Powell Foundation.
Nominate Community Reviewers
BANF is seeking public nominations for Community Reviewers, or panelists, who will join the organization’s leadership to engage in a peer review process to consider grant applications. Community Reviewers may include independent artists, educators, patrons, community leaders and organizers.
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On January 26, 2022, BANF announced that 120 Greater Houston Area arts organizations and artist collectives serving Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other important communities of color received a combined $2 million in grants from its inagural round of funding!
- 51% of grantees are 501c3 organizations
- 49% are fiscally-sponsored artist collectives in communities of color
While most grantees have a mission that is not tied to a particular cultural history,
- 29% of grantees report their mission is tied to a Black, Afro-Caribbean or African-American tradition
- 15% have a Latinx focus
- 10% are rooted in an Asian American or Pacific Islander cultural tradition
Meet our grantees here!
Grant applications were reviewed by a Community Review Panel of 25 individuals from Houston’s BIPOC communities representing a rich diversity of backgrounds, cultural heritage, artistic practice and non-arts viewpoints. Meet our panelists here!
Get more information about BANF and our grant opportunity by exploring the resources below.
- Conflict of Interest Statement for Panelists
- Round 1 Info Session: Get an overview of the first round application process and eligibility.
- Fiscal Sponsor Info Session: Learn about fiscal sponsorships and your options.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): View common questions and get answers.
- Support Desk: Need help? Submit a ticket to get in touch with us.
Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Arts Network and Fund
Sixto Wagan is the Project Director for the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund. He leads BANF along with a seven-member Steering Committee and a nine-member Accountability and Advisory Council made up of a diverse group of artists, curators, scholars, organizational leaders and foundation partners, who guide goals and priorities.
Before joining BANF, Wagan was the inaugural director for the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston. He also led the contemporary art center, DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including artistic director, co-executive director and performing arts curator.
Founding Chief Executive Officer
The T.R.U.T.H. Project
Inclusion, Engagement and Training Director
Director of Education and Community Projects
Senior Program Officer Houston Endowment
and Political Analyst
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, University of Houston
Senior Philanthropy Advisor
Houston In Action
Dira Professional Development
Accountability and Advisory Council
Photographer and Educator
Cultural Architect, Art Advisor, Interdisciplinary Artist
Actor, Writer, Filmmaker and Multidisciplinary artist
Artist and Educator
Project Row Houses
Mari Carmen Ramirez,
Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Arts Administrator and Community Organizer