Request for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting a session at the Houston Arts Partners Conference in September 2019.

The 2019 Houston Arts Partners Conference, Ignition: Sparking Creativity in Every Classroom, will be held on Sept. 13-14 in downtown Houston.


The brightest ideas begin with tiny sparks. Could your ideas kindle excitement for arts and creative learning in our attendee teachers, teaching artists, and district leaders?


Submit your hands-on, participatory session in one or more of the following categories:

  • Classroom-tested, innovative, and unexpected strategies to integrate the arts and creativity into every classroom

  • Demonstrations of how to connect students with Houston's professional visual and performing artists to advance learning within an arts discipline

  • Artistic experiences that have teachers rolling up their sleeves and activating their inner artist, performer, or musician

  • Real-world, memorable, and interactive discussions of how to create, sustain, and fund partnerships

  • Successes in transforming parents into advocates for arts access and education


Exact hours for each conference day are yet to be scheduled, but generally the conference takes place between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday. 


Submissions to present at the Houston Arts Partners Conference are open to all! If you would like to become a HAP partner organization or district and meet the criteria, please contact Troy Scheid, HAP Coordinator, at troy@yahouston.org or 713-552-9345. 


Proposals are due March 20, 2019. Once your proposal has been received, confirmation will be sent by email. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the HAP office.


  • Currently, all sessions are scheduled to be 1 hour in length. 

  • A session may be presented multiple times during the conference; therefore, it is important to be certain of your availability.

  • The selection of presentations is made by a committee of Houston Arts Partners coalition representatives including both arts organizations and school districts. The projected date for completing selection of HAP sessions is mid-April 2019.


  • If your proposal is accepted, the following deadlines will apply:

    • Aug. 1, 2019: Deadline to submit conference handouts or supplemental materials for inclusion in resource page (PDF, PPT, Excel, or .doc). (If hard copies are needed, presenter must provide them at the conference.)

    • Aug. 1, 2019: Deadline for any changes to summary, participating presenters, or presenter bios.

  • The information you provide in this RFP may be used in the conference program, website, and other materials, and is subject to editing.

  • The conference planning committee or coordinator may request additional information or make recommendations before approving your proposal.


  • Webinars: We will be holding webinars to help you prepare to submit your proposal. They are not required, but we highly recommend them for first-time submitters. 

  • RFP Worksheet: Click on THIS LINK to download a worksheet containing all the questions in the RFP. You can use it to prepare your answers before doing your final submission. 

  • Read our "Best Practices for Presenters" document. 


If you have additional questions, please contact Troy Scheid, HAP Coordinator, at troy@yahouston.org or 713-520-9267.