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Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program began in 2019 when Board Member Dr. Sarah M. Straub sought to realize a vision of highlighting the power of art and activism at the Texas NAME Conference.  Since then, we have welcomed a new Artist-in-Residence for each of our conferences.  The artist presents a commissioned piece and will sell that piece along with additional work.  100% of the proceeds plus an honorarium are delivered to the artist, who then uses those funds to continue their development and/or "artivism".

The 2024 Artist-in-Residence is RONI CABRERA! 


Veronica Cabrera-Moreno, also known as "Roni," is a Houston native and an ardent advocate for the arts, particularly within underserved communities. Her guiding principle, "Everything in life is art," reflects her deep understanding of the pervasive nature of creativity in daily life and its impact on well-being.


Raised by an artistic father, Roni discovered her passion for drawing and painting at a young age. Following the loss of her father, art became her means of heartfelt communication. Rooted in her Hispanic heritage, Roni infuses her work with mixed media elements and vibrant colors, exploring her identity through the lens of Indigenous culture alongside local groups.


Roni's artistic contributions extend beyond conventional spaces, adorning walls and locations that uplift the community. Yet, her most recognized role is as an arts advocate, earning accolades locally and nationally. In 2021, Roni received recognition on national television from Grammy award winner Kelly Clarkson, along with seed money to establish an Art Center in North Houston. This center, named "Art in the HEART," stands as a community hub for the arts, fueled by Roni's vision to enrich and engage.


Acknowledged as one of Houston's most fascinating individuals in 2021 by the Houston Chronicle, Roni's impact reverberates. The Mayor of Houston proclaimed May 28th, 2022, as "Art in the Heart Day," recognizing Roni's significant contribution to the city. Roni's murals and installations not only adorn spaces but also symbolize her lifelong commitment to community service, particularly in the realms of inner-city and intergenerational arts. Through her dedication, Roni has left an enduring mark on Houston's cultural landscape.


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Hannah Bull

Houston, TX


Ibraim Nascimento

Houston, TX


Artist-in-Residence Program


The Artist-in-Residence Program was initiated in 2019 by Dr. Sarah M. Straub, who wished to share the powerful link between art and activism.  Since then, we have welcomed a new Artist-in-Residence each year.  The artist is invited to share their work and sells a TXNAME commissioned work at the conference.  The proceeds from the sale plus the honorarium go directly to the artist to continue their artivism.

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Michael Healey

Houston, TX


Patrick Gabaldon

El Paso, TX


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Do You Know An Artist?

Let us know!  Please contact Dr. Sarah M. Straub if you know an artist/activist that we can recognize at our next conference!

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