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.