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Artists / Joseph Dixon

Joseph Dixon
Musical and Visual Arts - Performance and Instruction

With over twenty-five years of experience, Joseph Dixon works to provide art services in the areas of art for education, art for your home, and art for community outreach. Dixon has conducted over a thousand workshops, residencies, exhibitions, and performances in the Houston, Dallas, Beaumont, and San Antonio areas through the collaborative partnerships with schools and organizations, such as Young Audiences of Houston (YAH), Port Arthur Library, Kujawa Elementary and Avondale House. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Program Manager for Young Audiences of Houston’s Community Services providing customized art programming for three unique populations, which included at risk youth in detention and residential treatment facilities, children with disabilities, such as autism and other related disabilities, and youth cancer patients at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. 

Working closely with roster artist and music therapist Catherine Taylor, they designed and implemented the customized program Music 4 Everyone. Since its initial start in 2008, they have applied it at six local schools in Houston and Pasadena, provided over 920 service sessions and worked directly with an estimated 200 students and over 135 teachers, teacher's aides, school administrators and parents. Music 4 Everyone is an interventional music curriculum designed to support attention, motor, and verbal development for special education students through unique music activities while also providing professional development training for the classroom teachers and their assistants. The program also provides ongoing professional development trainings to classroom teachers and families. During the 2012-2013 school year, YAH collaborated with the Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine and the National Center for Human Performance to complete a six-month evaluation to collect data that they can compare to existing data on other school interventions that have measured increased “Active Engagement” as a measure of the program’s success.

Dixon has played percussions with groups such as Kuumba House Dance Theater, MEDIA, Second Generation Dance Company, the South African formed group SECHABA that performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and several seasons in the Ensemble Theater’s production of Black Nativity. As a visual artist, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has served on the Artist Advisory Board for Diverseworks and grant review committees for the Houston Arts Alliance (formerly the Cultural Arts Council of Houston), United Way and the Texas Commission on the Arts-Arts Respond Grant review committee since 2010. 

Currently, Dixon serves as arts instructor for Avondale House, working to execute a fine arts program that provides interventional music activities and visual arts projects designed for students with Autism and disabilities that will support the growth of communication and social skills, encourage fine and gross motor development and life skill improvements. 

ARTreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides mentoring and art-related programs to a growing population of children at risk, children and adults with special needs, the elderly and others in need.