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The Texas Cultural Trust was selected to work with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs Board Fellows program, which places selected MBA students with local non-profit organizations as non-voting board members for one year. Board Fellows was launched in 2010 as an initiative of McCombs’ Net Impact chapter. The purpose is to give talented and committed graduate business students the opportunity to work with and learn from non-profit leaders, while contributing their time and business skills to benefit the organization and community. The Trust was selected as one of the partner non-profits.
The Trust has two Board Fellows: Carey Beard and John Xu. Carey and John bring a wealth of business experience and we look forward to working with them in 2014!
It’s been a busy quarter for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), especially since a new fiscal year started in September.
Grants: On September 5th, the Commission approved a slate of 779 grant awards totaling $4,364,084. Because this included the Arts Create operational support program that is granted once a year, these amounts reflect the bulk of the TCA grants budget. The significant increase made to TCA’s budget in the 2013 Legislative Session resulted in larger grant amounts for many applicants (By way of comparison, in September 2012, the Commission approved funding 688 grants that totaled $2,322,374.).
Young Masters Program: The biennial deadline for applications to the Young Masters program was November 15. At the time of this report, TCA has received 160 applications but expects this number to rise slightly, as November 15 was a postmark deadline and applications are still being delivered through the mail. Panels will be convened in January to review and score the applications. This program awards grants of up to $2,500 per year to talented young artists in grades 8-11 to further their studies in their chosen field. Students must be participating in a school-based arts program, summer institute, a specialized course of study, or receiving private lessons from a qualified instructor to qualify.
Texas Young Masters is a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Young Masters program was established with generous contributions from AT&T Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Applied Materials, Burlington Northern, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon, Texas Women for the Arts and Mrs. W. D. Noel.
Texas Touring Roster: Applications are now being accepted for inclusion on the next Texas Touring Roster. Texas-based artists, groups, and nonprofits may apply to be listed on the Roster. Roster artists provide high-quality performances, workshops, master classes, and other artistic services to communities across Texas. This is a highly competitive process, and applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines for the program and work with TCA staff if they have questions. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.
Second Annual Texas Tea Honors Texas Women for the Arts at The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
DALLAS, Texas – The Texas Cultural Trust and Texas Women for the Arts were honored at the 2nd Annual Texas Tea hosted by the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show, Posh Couture Rentals and Rochon on Friday, November 8. Honorary Chairs for the Tea were Donna Axum Whitworth and Karen Matthews. The high noon affair featured informal modeling provided by Carolina Herrera in Highland Park Village and catering by Lombardi’s. The afternoon culminated with Miller Gaffney, star of PBS’ “Market Warriors,” providing guests with curated tours of the show.
The programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Create Texas economic research, Adventures in the ARTS children’s book and the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative, as well as the Texas Young Masters, a joint initiative between the Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and is generously supported by Texas Women for the Arts. “Our partnership with the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is another important step in furthering our mission to awaken the artist in every Texas child,” said Karen Matthews, President of the Texas Women for the Arts.
The Texas Tea honors the members of the Texas Women for the Arts and promotes the mission of the Texas Cultural Trust to inspire, integrate and illuminate the arts in Texas. The Texas Cultural Trust promotes the importance of the arts by educating children and sustaining the vibrant Texas economy through awareness, outreach, economic research, and the development of an art and digital literacy curriculum for public school students.
“What makes this show so unique is that it brings together some of the world’s most elite galleries in a location that couldn’t be more fitting for an event of this nature,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “It is with great pleasure that we will honor the Texas Cultural Trust and their continued contributions to cultural arts in the great state of Texas. We look forward to building on this momentum when the Show returns in 2014.”
Next year’s Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show dates have been set for November 6-10, 2014.
About the Palm Beach Show Group
LA Art Show (January 15-19, 2014)
For more information, please visit www.palmbeachshowgroup.com or call the Palm Beach Show Group office at 561-822-5440.
|About Texas Cultural TrustEstablished in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, the Young Masters Program, Create Texas, Adventures in the ARTS-a children’s book, Texas Women for the Arts and Founders for the Arts. For more information please visitwww.txculturaltrust.org.|
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They left their hearts in San Francisco! Texas Women for the Arts enjoyed their sixth annual fall trip in October, in the Bay City, where they enjoyed private tours of the Fisher collection and Ann Getty’s home, as well as docent-led tours of the DeYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor. The trip a gallery crawl with Texas artist Lordy Rodriguez, and a presentation on the beautiful Bay Bridge installation by Texas artist Leo Villareal. They ended with a visit to the historic San Francisco Opera house where David Gockley, former head of the Houston Grand Opera, hosted the group for lunch and a private dress rehearsal.
Next on the agenda, is the 9th annual meeting, scheduled for May 6-7, in Fredericksburg. Just a few of the activities to be included are:
- Champagne at the Boot Ranch, home of Sandra and Bill Gilliland
- Lunch at Boot Ranch, a world class private golf course
- A visit to Fredericksburg’s $30 million dollar Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War
- Kunstmarkt, an opportunity to view and buy items from a select group of the top Hill Country Artists
- Cocktails courtesy of Insight Gallery
- Dinner at August E’s, a top rated restaurant with world class chef
- A morning at Whistle Pick Gallery with your host, nationally recognized Texas artist, G. Harvey
- Tour and lunch at the magnificent Mansefeldt, owned by Dian and Harlan Stai. Enjoy a rare chance to tour the estate and outbuildings as well as the Stai’s art collection.
Members will also award grants to their 2014 grantees during this meeting. Applications are available online now, and the deadline to submit is March 7, 2014.
A new feature of the newsletter will be to spotlight a program and a person who is partnering with the Texas Cultural Trust. For the second round of this feature, we will spotlight Greg Goodman. Mr. Goodman is the Director of Fine Arts for Austin Independent School District.
The Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, which bridges fine arts education and technology. It is a project-based, fine arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts education and digital media. Digital literacy is the future of communication and commerce and creates learning experiences that develop students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation. The courses are based on a combined set of fine arts and technology standards, resulting in arts instruction that is rigorous and designed to specifically develop student’s media literacy, providing integrated relevant skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workplace. Austin ISD is currently piloting Theatre and Media Communications I in four schools: Bowie High School, Akins High School, Lanier High School and Anderson High School.
Greg is a musician, educator and advocate for the arts. Over the last two decades, he has taught over 4,400 band students in Aldine, Georgetown, Dickinson, Pflugerville and Alvin ISD—leading three of his bands to the state level of the Texas UIL Marching Band Competition. In 1994, his band was named 4A Honor Band of the state.
Since 2008, Greg has served as the Director of Fine Arts for the Austin Independent School District. He is a proud member of TMEA, TCDA, TDEA, TETA, and TMAC.
At Austin ISD, amid budget cuts, Greg has strived to transform a solid, high performing fine arts program into a primary focus of the school district. Fine arts in Austin ISD is now seen as a critical component to the role of education, critical to success in engaging students and families, and important enough for general classroom teachers to borrow some of the techniques of the arts to incorporate into their own work.
Greg has worked to change policies that allow more students access to fine arts. He oversaw research that showed advanced arts students outperform students from similar demographic profiles with double digit increases in TAKS scores, improved attendance and increased graduation rates. He led the district team through a process managed by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts that brought together community arts partners and the city of Austin with the goal to design a ten-year plan to make all Austin ISD schools arts-rich.
In December 2013, AISD Board of Trustees approved a plan that funded $1,000,000 for the first year of implementation for the AGC Creative Learning Initiative, during a climate where they cut $20,000,000 from the school district budget. Within the past two years, two struggling middle schools have been designated Fine Arts Academies as a part of their turn-around strategy in the district and have made tremendous gains in academic achievement and student/teacher engagement.
Greg’s efforts have led to more fine arts educators in the district. The arts in Austin ISD are increasingly viewed as a critical component to student success. The Texas Cultural Trust appreciates the work of Greg and of Austin ISD!
Quick Facts on the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative:
- The State Board of Education approved the new Fine Arts TEKS which include the Trust’s Arts and Digital Literacy Curricula (all eight courses). The new Fine Arts TEKS will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.
- House Bill 5, implemented by the 83rd Legislature, requires that schools teach 21st century learning skills, develop community partnerships and focus on digital learning.
- The courses in the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative address all of these requirements with a strong level of rigor.
- Art and Media Communications I and II are both complete and being offered statewide as an elective.
- Music and Media Communications I is complete and being offered statewide as an elective.
- Theatre and Media Communications I is complete and being piloted in 13 schools and 15 classrooms across the state this fall and spring.
- Dance and Media Communications I is being written this year to be piloted in the 2014-15 school year.
- The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, the Trust and the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA) are hosting statewide trainings on the new Fine Arts TEKS. To date, more than 4,300 teachers have been trained.
For more information on the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, please visit www.txartandmedia.org to download the curriculum.
The Texas Young Masters Program is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th graders in dance, theater, literary arts, media arts/film, music, musical theater, and visual arts. The program creates a mentoring relationships between student and instructor, nurturing our rising stars to become the legends of tomorrow. The program is available to students engaged in the arts, to offer financial assistance to develop their unique talents. Students may be enrolled in a program through their school or receive private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. For this installment of Q&A with a Young Master, we spoke with Ani Mayo.
Ani Mayo is a native from Dallas Texas where she spent 18 years of her life training and building a passion for dance. Studying at McKinney Dance Academy , Dallas Black Dance Theatre ,and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Art, Ani has trained in Ballet ,Modern ,African ,Tap ,and Jazz. She is currently a freshman Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Dance at Howard University in Washington D.C. Ani plans to use these four years with the Howard Dance Program to perfect her technique, artistry , and prepare herself for a long and successful professional career in the dance world.
What does being a Young Master mean to you?
Being a Young Master to me means that I’m an artist that is fully devoted to my art form . A Young Master finds their happiness , pain , and inspiration throughout their art.
What opportunities has being a Young Master created for you?
Being a Young Master has given me the opportunity to meet and work with several artist within my art form and other forms. Young Masters gave the opportunity to find a new and strong passion for dancing that I believe will carry through the rest of my career.
What would your advice be to young dancers?
My advice to young dancers would be to stay focused , there are a lot of distractions that can keep you from focusing on your goal as a dancer , internal and externally and it will only slow you down in your process.
What are your future plans?
My future plans as of now are to graduate from Howard University by 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts , and after spending as many years as my body will let me dance on Broadway , and in African and Modern concert companies . I hope that after my time on stage I can transfer to the business side of running a company.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: Escuela Project
Jonah, a fifth grader at JT Brackenridge Elementary School in San Antonio, looks forward to Thursday afternoons. That’s when he and his classmates learn about the scientific concepts of force, motion and energy. Every week, he better understands the cycles and patterns that create mechanical, light, thermal, electrical and sound energy.
It isn’t that Jonah is extraordinarily interested in science. What he is interested in is the time that he and his 27 classmates spend with Dancer and Choreographer Jennifer Edmonds Jones. Ms. Jones and Jonah’s teacher, Linda Copeland, have co-developed a curriculum that allows Brackenridge’s fifth graders to master complex scientific concepts through experimentation in movement and dance, and use of video technology. The 11-year-olds’ semester of learning will culminate with a recital presentation to an audience of 125 peers/students, parents, teachers and administrators.
“It is fairly easy to understand Jonah’s enthusiasm for his customized science class,” says Orlando Graves Bolaños, who heads up The Escuela Project at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. “The arts provide multiple tools that engage children on an emotional level. “When they work with these tools, they retain information that meets a wide variety of curricular objectives. It creates a memorable learning experience for them.”
Supported by Texas Women for the Arts, The Escuela Project uses “the creative” to help K-12 students master concepts and skills in the core subject areas of science, math, language arts and social studies. It pairs the strengths and skills of core curriculum classroom teachers with professional working artists. Each teacher-artist team is challenged with developing original curriculum that meets State of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. “We engage teachers who are interested in making a difference in children’s lives through arts education,” says Graves Bolaños. “Working with an artist, they design rigorous unit plans that use arts/creativity as a primary learning mechanism and engage students in higher levels of thinking.”
The teacher/artist team designs and implements grade-level appropriate lesson plans for the classroom, including 20 hours of onsite artist work with students. Whether using two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional clay building to hone geometry skills, or learning about the water cycle through use of paper mache and photography, students are engaged in learning via highly creative, interactive and hands-on projects. The curriculum always culminates with presentation of the created works – e.g. visual art exhibition, a reading, or stage production – to a broader audience.
Now in its third year, the program has enjoyed a great deal of positive feedback from participating teachers: “I saw that certain (English as a Second Language) students with learning difficulties showed far more positive attitudes towards their academics when an art component was allowed, and by which they could excel.” Teachers also report that learning and retention of the material was stronger among those students participating in The Escuela Project when compared with those in other classrooms. And, “I didn’t have any absences on our meeting days!”
To more directly align the effort with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s SA2020 strategic initiative regarding literacy in early education programs, The Escuela Project currently is piloting an effort to bring writers and poets into third grade classrooms to better ensure that every third grader finishes the school year at targeted reading proficiency levels.
“The Escuela Project is largely a response to what is happening with arts in public school education,” says Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Patty Ortiz. “As school budgets tighten throughout Texas, diminishing funding is available for non-core subjects, including arts education. This reduction in funding is particularly significant in schools located in low-income communities and neighborhoods. So, The Escuela Project focuses on providing programming in Title I schools where a majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch programs.
“Arts education provides students with invaluable academic and life skills, and can be especially beneficial for at-risk students, who typically have low graduation rates. Providing a creative outlet with which these students are engaged and having fun is essential to their continued interest in formal education. The opportunity to connect with professional artists who live and work in their home neighborhoods provides additional support for staying in school, and brings students new role models and interesting, less traditional success narratives.
“Many students will have little/no exposure to the arts if not at school,” Ortiz continues. “At the same time, individual students’ skills and interests largely must be identified in the classroom. Thus, by providing an arts experience, there is a ‘leveling of the playing field’ that brings many their first-time exposure and creative success, and opens the door to new ideas, creative outlet and future career and avocational opportunities.”
Ortiz says there is evidence that both academic and artistic endeavors are more effective when pursued in tandem. By approaching subjects like science utilizing the appeal of art, students are more engaged, problem solving skills are built, and there is enhanced content understanding and retention.
Approximately 800 students, located in schools throughout San Antonio, will be directly served through The Escuela Project in the 2013-14 school year. Another estimated 6,000 students and adults will benefit through exposure to the culminating presentation of work presented by the participating students/classrooms. Upwards of 98% of the participating students are Hispanic/Latino.
In 2013-14, The Escuela Project will be in all five of the second grade classrooms at JT Brackenridge. “This will not only provide a great learning experience, but also equity by giving all second graders in the building the opportunity to participate,” says Graves Bolanos. “We anticipate that the sharing of each classroom’s experience at Brackenridge also will considerably benefit the school’s atmosphere and future approach to teaching.”
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is interested in sharing its successes of The Escuela Project, and in seeing similar programs in place throughout Texas. For further information, contact Orlando Graves Bolaños at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-271-3151.
Texas Cultural Trust Chosen to Present “Using Games to Kick-Start Education” Panel at 2014 SXSW Interactive
WHO: The Texas Cultural Trust
WHAT: The Texas Cultural Trust Selected for SXSW Interactive Festival
WHERE: Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Road | Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival during the Gaming Expo, March 7-9
WEB: www.txculturaltrust.org and on Facebook and Twitter @txculturaltrust
MEDIA: Jenni at email@example.com or 512/904.9928
Nonprofit’s Presentation on the Intersection of Arts and Technology Selected From More Than 3,300 Applications
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Cultural Trust is thrilled to be selected as part of the 2014 SXSW Festival. Their proposal, Using Games to Kick-Start Education has been named to a premier list of panels to be presented at the festival’s Interactive portion. The announcement comes after a vigorous selection process by members of the online community through the SXSW Panel Picker project, along with SXSW Advisory Boards and staff. The Panel Picker project saw more than 3,000 entrants, and of those entries approximately only 500 were selected.
Moderated by Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Jennifer Ransom Rice, the panel will be presented during the SXSW Gaming Expo in March – a free and open to the public event that bridges the gap between industry insiders and consumers, and will feature a distinguished team of experts in the arts sector, as well as the gaming industry.
“Our session aims to show attendees the importance of digital literacy by enabling students to develop capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination and innovation,” Rice said. “Digital literacy explores the space where technology and science meet the arts and humanities, creating a highly engaging and complex educational ecosystem, ruled by hands-on experiential learning. Communication skills learned through this fusion of fine arts and technology gives students the invaluable tools needed to not only succeed in their learning environments today, but perhaps more importantly, the creative workforce of tomorrow.”
The panel, featuring gaming guru Warren Spector, and Dean Doug Dempster from The University of Texas, and will focus on the importance of digital literacy in the classroom and its real world effects on the economy. Spector revolutionized role-playing games in the early ‘90s with releases like System Shock and more recently, Epic Mickey. The game designer and engineer will speak to the statistics surrounding digital literacy, most notably its effect on the economy and in the classroom.
According to a findings released by Any Given Child – an initiative seeking to bring access, balance, and equity to children’s arts education – arts engaged, low-income students are four times more likely to have higher academic achievements than their low-income counterparts not involved in the arts. Additionally, digital literacy programs like the ones that will be addressed in the panel promote higher attendance, graduation, and college enrollment rates. Not to mention the positive ramifications on the economy. According to TXP, an economic analysis and public policy consulting firm, data from the Office of the Governor (Texas) revealed in 2012 “nonprofit arts and culture industries generated $4.6 billion in taxable sales, $2.46 billion in tourism spending, translating into 21,000 jobs with earnings in excess of $700 million. Additionally, the state and local governments received $158.5 million in tax revenue from the visitors.”
About the Panelists:
Dr. Doug Dempster (panelist)
Dr. Douglas Dempster is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Before his appointment as dean in 2007, he served as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, a leading, public, comprehensive college of the fine and performing arts. He is a philosopher by training and profession, with research and teaching specialties in philosophical aesthetics, music theory, cultural policy studies, and the philosophy of language.
Warren Spector (panelist)
Warren Spector has been making games for 30 years. The Walt Disney Company acquired his studio, Junction Point in 2007. The recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Game Developers Conference and Cartoons on the Bay, his work has been featured at the Australian Center for the Moving Image and the Smithsonian Institution.
Jennifer Ransom Rice (Moderator)
As Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust, Jennifer Ransom Rice oversees the operations of the Trust, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and highlight the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature appropriated $1 million to the Trust to develop an art and digital literacy curriculum and to research and compile best practices from across the state where the arts have successfully been used for economic development. Jennifer earned her MA in journalism from The University of Texas, and BA in mass communications from Midwestern State University. She has almost 20 years experience in public relations and legislative work. As chief of staff for State Senator Florence Shapiro, Jennifer shepherded the Senators legislative package to success, with an emphasis on education and arts education.
About the Texas Cultural Trust
Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises private dollars statewide to elevate the importance of art education and heighten arts awareness. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. In addition to the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, some of the Trust’s other programs include the Young Masters Scholarship Program, Adventures in the ARTS children’s book, and Texas Women for the Arts, Founders for the Arts. www.txculturaltrust.org.
Registration Opens: January 6, 2014. Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce that we will be partnering again with VANS on its 2014 Custom Culture Contest! This national contest offers high schools from all across the United States the chance to compete for a $50,000 grand prize to support their art programs.
Mark January 6, 2014 on your calendar and make sure your local high school is among the first to register to compete. A total of 2,000 registrations from U.S.-based public or private high schools will be accepted; registration closes on February 14, 2014. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank sneakers to be customized in four themes—Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor—and submitted to Vans by April 7, 2014. Vans staff will select a group of 50 semifinalists (10 schools per region, five total regions), and public voting online will narrow this group of 50 down to the final five who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City in June 2014 where the grand prize winner will be announced. For more information about how to register, check out this step-by-step video guide on YouTube!
WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES $3M ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS EDUCATION
By: Benjamin Wood
Arts integrated learning can change a student’s life. In Utah, Weber State University officials announced Wednesday the creation of an endowed program for arts-integrated learning made possible by a $3 million gift from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Go to Deseret News to read the full article.