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March 2008

 


Saturday Mar 1
Tracing journey towards recovery
ARTreach project traces the journey towards recovery

Katy, TX- Students in the AIR Program (Adolescents in Recovery) spent two weekends engaged in a unique ARTreach workshop designed to trace the familys journey through mental health disorders, drug addiction, and recovery. The difficult road was mapped as the students and their parents were asked to draw symbols and images that represented their past, their present and their future.
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Wednesday Mar 12
SoulFruit - as cool as ice cream!
SoulFruit, a dish as cool as ice cream!

The children at the Krause Center were treated to a special presentation by SoulFruit, a popular rhythm and blues band from Houston. This cool ARTreach event is made possible thanks to The Cold Stone Creamery at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.


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Wednesday Mar 12
ARTreach hosts US St Dept Delegation
ARTreach hosts U.S. State Department delegation

ARTreach and the Institute of International Education hosted a delegation from Iraq, coming to Houston through the U.S. State Departments International Visitor Leadership Program (http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ivp/) on, November 6th.

Traveling under the program title Performing Arts, the delegation was composed of nine individuals, including several officials from the Ministry of Culture. During their U.S. tour, these visitors were examining the role of performing arts in the community, including education and wider-audience promotion. While in Houston, the delegation expressed an interest in learning more about the impact of the arts in the Juvenile Justice system and the work begin done through ARTreach, a small non profit from Katy, Texas focused on art education and outreach to neglected populations.

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Thursday Mar 20
 Scholarship given to MRJH Student
Morton Ranch junior high school student receives ARTreach studio scholarship award

The ARTreach Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dominique Philpot of Morton Ranch Junior High is the recipient of the 2008 ARTreach Studio Scholarship Program sponsored by the Greater Katy Area Exchange Club. Dominique is in 7th grade. The Studio Scholarship will provide Dominique an opportunity to study illustration and art technique as an apprentice of professional artist and studio director, Elizabeth Linder. The 2008 ARTreach Studio Scholarship provides private lessons and covers all materials and art supplies needed. As an apprentice, Dominique will also be given opportunities to exhibit her work publicly through ARTreach gallery partnerships and professional portfolio reviews aimed to support college applications and a possible future career in the arts.

To be considered for the scholarship, Dominique had to complete a basic application that asked five art-related questions. Applicants were also asked to attach examples of their artwork in the form of drawings or sketches and secure a minimum of two recommendations from teachers.

A selection committee reported that Dominiques application stood out, not only because of the artistic merit represented by her sketches, but also because of the high number of recommendations she secured from her current and former teachers at MRJH.

I have seen many examples of her talent and have been impressed with her diligence and work ethic, said MRJH History teacher Taylor Kauffman, Dominiques drive and abilities would be an asset to the ARTreach program.

Her collection of art consists of imaginary creations as well as realistic renditions of people she admires, said Emily Harris, the MRJH Art Department Art Club Director. She would greatly benefit from weekly art lessons and being a part of such a great program as Katy ARTreach.

Dominiques superior talents in the arts have been proven to me over and over again with the samples she creates and displays in my classroom. She is very diligent in what she is has a deep passion for, and art is one of them. Ms. Kymberly Miller, Dominiques former English teacher also added, I am positive that if you give Dominique this opportunity she will not let you down!

She easily expresses her originality and imagination in her art, and is always seeking feedback and guidance, says Mary Beth Kepple, I feel confident in saying that she would show great initiative in your art program and that she can handle and situation with thoughtfulness and maturity.

Terry Roberts, MRJH Art Teacher has this to say about his first year student I have had the pleasure of being Dominiques art teacher this year and would whole heartily recommend her for the ARTreach Studio Scholarship. She is not only a talented artist, but she has a very creative mind, Roberts adds, I have many students who are talented technically, but to find one that has a vivid imagination to match is harder to achieve. Dominique has this!

Dominiques teacher recommendations made it easy to for the committee to select her as this years recipient of the ARTreach Studio Scholarship. The attributes mentioned by her teachers, as in creativity, imagination, passion, commitment, and Dominiques overall effort to seek guidance and mentorship supports the vision behind the scholarship program.

Dominique had to answer several questions including; why do you want to take professional art and drawing lessons? How long have you been interested in art? Are you planning to pursue a career in the arts? Dominiques answers to these questions were also important. Art being one of my passions and talents, I think professional lessons will improve my artistic ability and expand my horizons! Dominique said, I want to pursue a career in art, it has always been one of the many dreams I want to achieve in this life. I would love to go to Art College and actually travel to Japan one day and work as a Manga artist (a illustrative comic book style).

The drawings attached to the application reflected her interest in the Manga illustration technique, with images that captured highly stylized emotion. Dominiques essay concluded with a simple statement, I like art because it gives me a choice, I have a say. And what I have to say can be expressed in my art!

This is the fourth Studio Scholarship award issued by ARTreach this school year. Other Katy ISD students that have received an ARTreach Studio Scholarship include JoBeth Dowell of Katy High School (photo), Byron Henry of William Elementary and Mariah Aguilar (photo) of Mayde Creek Elementary.

Dominique Philpot is the first student awarded an ARTreach Studio Scholarship through a district wide call for entries that qualifies the student for art apprenticeship opportunities beyond graduation from high school.

The ARTreach Board of Directors wish to congratulate Dominique Philpot and acknowledge and thank the Greater Katy Area Exchange Club for sponsoring this important ARTreach Program.


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