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August 2008

 


Friday Aug 15
Building Community Character
Building Community Character
Cultural Districts and the Future of Katy

By Terri Bieber, State Arts-in-Education Chairman, Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyles and the Arts, Cultural District overview provided by Jim Bob McMillan, Deputy Director, Texas Commission on the Arts

Across the nation, many cities have successfully created communities that provide an environment that promotes a full spectrum of human needs and desires that contribute to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Businesses that cater to physical and mental well-being, parks and green spaces, outdoor activities, heritage centers, fine arts and culture, quality employment, and educational opportunities comprise these cohesive communities. Among other things, communities known as Cultural Districts work to stimulate the economy, improve opportunities for social networking, and get individuals involved in the grassroots efforts of an interconnected community.
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Saturday Aug 23
Tools for Teens Program
ARTreach Tools 4 Teens program (8.23.08)

Serving children at risk in HISD Houston TX, August 23, 2008 - ARTreach will be piloting a new workshop series called Tools 4 Teens this fall semester as part of the Making It Better Program serving children at risk in the Houston Independent School District and attending Paul Revere Middle School starting Oct. 24 - Dec. 12 1:30-2:30 PM. In this ARTreach program each student will create their own scrapbook with one page layout being completed per week. Each lesson incorporates graphic design, photography and creative writing combined with future planning and goal setting. Each art lesson has a social theme that supports a topic of the week. Topics include drug abuse, cyber bullying, abstinence issues, healthy relationships and peer pressure.

At the conclusion of the workshop series, each student will have completed a scrap book and be presented with a copy of Tools 4 Teens book that features the students photograph on the cover. Inside, they will find nine more photographs of images captured during the course of the program. The book includes dedication pages and letters of encouragement from the artists and mentors involved. This is a new ARTreach program for at risk children designed by Tools 4 Teen author, Kelly Litvak. She is teaching the course along with professional photographer Lori Stanton. There are several contributing partners involved in supporting this unique ARTreach pilot, including Making It Better, and Tools 4 Teens donations made by Kelly Litvak and Lori Stanton.

Our corporate sponsor of ARTreach programs serving children at risk is Extreme Technologies Inc. ARTreach has budgeted $1978.00 to cover fees associated with instructors, photography equipment, art and scrap booking supplies and to include a hard bound copy of the Tools 4 Teens Book for 20 students. Donations of art and scrap booking supplies are appreciated. Over $1100 has been pledged to date. ARTreach is seeking program sponsorships totaling $800 to support this innovative workshop series serving at risk children in Houston ISD. Please consider being a corporate sponsor today! Please send checks or pledges today to ARTreach- Non-profit Art and Educational Outreach 12012 Wickchester Suite 300 Extreme Technologies Inc. Houston TX 77079
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