Through this program The Collective endeavors to:

  • Strengthen the art-related businesses in Houston with a special sensitivity to those art-related businesses in the Third Ward/Midtown neighborhoods primarily and then in other sectors of the city, state and region so that the work of African American artists are recognized and factored into economic development strategies.

  • Strengthen relationships with artists and other creative people for the purpose of identifying and/or creating products and or prototypes for production and sale.

  • Outreach to businesses, non-profit organizations and other entities for collaborative arrangements for access to appropriate space for the sale of products (i.e. gift shop space, vendor/booth space).

  • Identify and facilitate appropriate collaborations with individual businesses, commercial business districts, coordinators of festivals and community events.

  • Attend, schedule and coordinate meetings to support the Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Plan, conduct, facilitate production and/or business development workshops for vendors in conjunction with community events and festivals, special events, tourism-related projects, etc.

  • Evaluate and continue to set and accomplish our goals.