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BANF Artist Awards

A one-time investment of $20,000 in 25 artists who will form an 18-month learning community to transform the artistic landscape of Greater Houston.

2025 BANF Artist Awards

Recognizing that individual artists are essential to Houston’s arts ecosystem BANF is, investing $1M over three years to create transformative opportunities for artists whose artistic practice demonstrates a history of leadership, service, and support for and with Greater Houston’s BIPOC communities.
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A one-time investment of up to $20,000 each to 25 artists

The BANF Artist Awards will provide a one-time investment of up to $20,000 each to 25 artists who are members of Greater Houston's Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and/or other communities of color. The award recipients engage in an eighteen-month learning cohort that will build space for dreaming and for action in order to transform our BIPOC arts ecosystem. The 2025 Awards will be the second and final round, naming 25 artists who will form a learning community starting in or about January 2025.

Applicants to Round 1 are encouraged to reapply.

Who Can Apply?

Self-identify as a member of a BIPOC community  

Have an operating residence and serve in the 9-County Region of Greater Houston for the past 24 months

Eligible counties: 
Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties 

Be at least 21 years old  


All application materials due on Monday, July 29th

  • Artists who self-identify as a member of Greater Houston’s Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color will receive particular consideration.  
  • Artists whose creative work has been recognized by local, regional, or national cultural organizations, leaders, artistic professionals, or other community advocates and leaders. Not necessarily recognition only through awards; but also through community impact, and the contribution their art/product has had in the community. 
  • Artists have demonstrated a history of service and support for and with a community of color in Houston. The artists’ focus is geared towards a thriving community rather than individual gain. Distinctive from collaboration, service to the community highlights the well-being, and growth of its members.   
  • Artists have demonstrated a history of and commitment to artistic activity/production. 
  • Artists have demonstrated a commitment to learning, offering expertise, and engaging with others in a productive and active manner. 

Application Worksheet

2025 BANF Artist Awards Timeline

July 8-20

One-on-One Support Virtual Sessions

Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17 2:30-4:30 p.m.

In-person application workshops
(S.H.A.P.E. Community Center)


Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.

ALMAAAH Application Workshop In-person Session (Leonel Castillo Community Center)


Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bilingual session at Mexican Consulate

Monday, July 29, 11:59 p.m.

All application materials due

August – November 2024

Conversations with selected organizations

December 2024

Announcement of Awardees

Watch the 2025 Artist Awards Announcement and Information Sessions

For further questions please visit our FAQ section

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