See also: Who qualifies as an "artist"? What type of artist should apply?

Excerpt from Bio & CV/Resume Info Session - Community Consultant Sophia Torres  describes different types of service to community, provides specific examples of what service can look like in four different categories, and shows how the categories overlap.


The BIPOC Arts Network and Fund does not have a strict definition of the term "service" or "support." Our focus on service and support is a recognition of the BANF strategy to resource a thriving BIPOC arts ecosystem in the Greater Houston area.

Service and support for your community does not have to be the focus of your art or creative practice, but it is part of what you bring to the community. That service can show up in many ways.

Applicants should make the case for the impact of their service to their community. BANF and the community reviewers will learn from award applicants what service and support mean to them, and how it is recognized in our communities. The community reviewers will also take into account the applicant's Advocate Statements to understand how that service is recognized.

The review criteria identifies what else, in combination with a demonstrated commitment to service, will guide community reviewers.

Please see here some examples of what service and support may look like.

How do you prove your service is “worthy”?

From the January 10 Information Session

All service is worthy, and BANF wants to uplift that truth. 

However, in a competitive awards process, the community reviewers will be able to select only a few people for this award, so the ways that applicants articulate the service -- and how that service manifests, and how their advocates can attest to it in their statements of support -- must “stand out” as a model for others to learn from and learn with.