Dear HP Arts Patrons and Supporters,
The school year is flying by and with that spring is upon us. In this issue of the Artisan, we have highlighted many exciting events have been taking place around our school district regarding the education of our students through The Arts.
This year HP Arts is celebrating it's 30th year of partnering with HPISD and continues its mission to enrich the educational experience of all HPISD children through arts programming. Please remember HP Arts as part of your ongoing giving.
For those who wish to make a contribution, you may click on the DONATE HERE link above.
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Thank you again for supporting the arts within HPISD!
KID ART DALLAS TO MAKE DONATION TO HP ARTS BASED ON CAMP ENROLLMENT THIS SUMMER
Kid Art Dallas, the creative art studio in Snider Plaza, has committed to donate 10 percent of all tuition received for art camps this summer to HP Arts for the 2017-18 school year. The donation from Kid Art Dallas will be designated for art teacher requests in HPISD.
"At Kid Art we believe that supporting the arts is an investment in a healthier more expressive community," explained Tori Pendergrass, owner of Kid Art Dallas,
and a native of Highland Park." The arts enliven public spaces and performances, and on an individual level they nourish, develop and enhance what it means to be human. The arts provide an avenue to develop children's confidence in creation, which in turn is an investment in future communities. The arts are essential to the proper function of our society."
Kid Art has expanded the scope of its students, offering new classes for students ages 2 - adult:
- Mommy and Me - parent and child interact in a relaxed and supportive environment to create an art piece to be cherished forever.
Mom Art - a unique chance for camaraderie and spontaneity among developing adult artists while receiving specialized instruction.
Middle School Mini Camp - a two day workshop exploring a specific technique or medium.
"Studies show that arts education plays a vital role in the development and academic success of students," said Dana Manley, 2016-17 HP Arts President. "Through the generosity of local businesses like Kid Art Dallas, as well as our parents, community members, and an annual grant from La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, HP Arts is in its 30th year of funding teacher requests for the fine arts on all HPISD campuses." This year HP Arts is funding fine arts requests totaling more than $95,000 for musical instruments, equipment for theater, art and dance, as well as student workshops by professional authors, actors, dancers, musicians and clinicians.
Summer camp enrollment at Kid Art Dallas is now open. You can click on this link to see the different camps available for students-
Thank you to Kid Art Dallas for its support of HP Arts!
"Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and others the inner vision which guides us as a nation, and where there is no vision, the people perish."
Lyndon B Johnson, on the signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts
DAVID ADLER INSPIRES THE NEXT
GENERATION OF WRITERS
Thanks to a generous gift by HP Arts, 2nd grade students at all four HPISD elementary schools enjoyed a visit from renowned children's author, David Adler. Mr. Adler writes the popular series Cam Jansen Mysteries among other fiction and non-fiction titles. The students were super engaged with Mr. Adler and had the opportunity to ask him questions about his books and the writing process. Several students were asked to participate in his presentation as he talked about what inspires his stories.
AUTHOR DAVID ADLER DISCUSSES HIS WRITING PROCESS
AUTHOR CHRIS BARTON'S LATEST BOOK, WHOOSH!, IS A TEXAS BLUEBONNET AWARD NOMINEE
Thanks to the generosity of HP Arts, author Chris Barton visited 5 HPISD campuses: Armstrong, Bradfield, Hyer and UP Elementary, along with McCullough Intermediate. In three days, he reached almost 2,000 students through his "write what You'd Love To Learn" presentation along with a writing workshop with a group of MIS 5th graders. One Bradfield 4th grader's review was "I liked how much personality Mr. Barton had and how energetic he was. I think I will become a better author and a better reader because of him." At the MIS campus, students helped Mr. Barton celebrate his 100th school visit of the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Barton recently left his corporate job to become a full time author, much like the engineer, Lonnie Johnson, in Barton's new book, Whoosh!
CHILDREN WELCOMED AUTHOR CHRIS BARTON WITH HIS 100TH VISIT THIS YEAR
HP ARTS TEACHER APPRECIATION HELD AT BRAD OLDHAM SCULPTURE STUDIO
HP Arts hosted its Teacher Appreciation Event at Brad Oldham Studio in downtown Dallas. HPISD Fine Arts teachers and Administration were invited to tour the studio and view student artwork on display from all campuses within the district. HP Arts, which grants funding for HPISD fine arts requests throughout the year, hosts this annual event to appreciate the fine arts teachers who inspire creativity in our students.
We are so grateful that HPISD parents Brad Oldham and Christy Colton hosted this annual event in their downtown studio, allowing us to display so much artwork by our talented students," said Dana Manley, 2016-2017 HP Arts President. The student artwork remained on display for two weeks following the teacher appreciation event, allowing students and their families to view the artwork in a professional gallery setting.
HPISD ELEMENTARY KIDS ROCK WITH 123 ANDRES WHILE LEARNING
In support of the Spanish program at all four elementary schools, HP Arts recently helped fund the visit of internationally acclaimed 123 Andres. The Latin GRAMMY award winner performed many of his original songs, which are available in both English and Spanish, making the music accessible for children learning either language. The songs are a mix of styles and music from around Latin and South America. His visit was a huge hit with our students!
HP ARTS PROVIDED FUNDING FOR 2017 LITFEST STUDENT WORKSHOPS
HP Arts was happy to once again provide funding for student workshops at the 2017 Highland Park Literary Festival. More than 27 authors participated in this year's event, offering a selection of 70 workshops that varied from graphic design, journalism, screenwriting, song writing and more. HPHS students attend the workshop of their choice. The Highland Park Literary Festival is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization with the goal to inspire and encourage students, teachers and the community to celebrate language in its written, spoken and sung forms. The annual festival showcases and provides the community access to professional writers who offer insight, guidance and inspiration to the craft and appreciation of literary writing. Karl Wilmer, an author who participated in this year's festival wrote, "thank you so much for making me a part of the HP Litfest! I truly enjoyed the opportunity to present a creative format to high school audiences that has been rewarding for me through the years."
CALENDAR OF HPISD FINE ARTS EVENTS
You are invited to come out and enjoy the Arts in our district.
Schedule of events:
- 3/24-3/25: UIL District 15-5A Academics (Speech/Debate events)-HPHS
- 3/29: HPISD Art Show - Linda Raya Stage, HPHS Palmer Auditorium Noon - 3:30pm
- 3/30: HPISD Art Show - Linda Raya Stage, HPHS Palmer Auditorium 8am-3:30pm
- 4/2: HPHS One-Act Play Peter Pan - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 2:00pm
- 4/3: HPISD Choral Concert - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7:00pm
- 4/4: HP ARTS Annual Meeting - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, Noon
- 4/4: MIS/HPMS/HPHS Instrument Concert - HPHS Main Gym, 7:00pm
- 4/11: HPHS Highlander Strings Pre-UIL Concert - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7:00pm
- 4/20: HPHS Senior Art Show - Wall Gallery in Dallas, 5-7:00pm
- 4/20-4/23: HPMS Musical Beauty and The Beast - HPMS Auditorium, $5.00 Admission for following times - Thursday 7:00pm, Friday 4:00pm, Saturday 7:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm
TAKE A SEAT & PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
Put a smile on the face of someone you love!
Support the arts by
purchasing a commemorative brass plaque
for an auditorium seat in the HPHS Palmer Auditorium.
Your donation accomplishes two goals: it supports the arts
and it celebrates the family, teacher, graduating senior,
or other person you choose to honor
by placing their name on the engraved plaque.
Each commemorative plaque is $500 and can be purchased by going to the
Play It Again, Sam!
The HP Arts program, Play It Again, Sam! is designed to recycle instruments
from the community back into the school music programs.
The instruments are considered a donation to HP Arts
and are eligible for a tax-deductible contribution.
If you would like to donate an instrument, please contact Niki Hudson
Board of Directors 2016-17
Board of Directors
Secretary Jennifer Murray*
Treasurer Katherine Schultz
Programs Chair Bebe Triplett
Publicity Chair Brandi Sarfatis
Artisan Jessie O'Brien* &
Bylaws Revision Steve Gruber*
Membership Molly Pieroni &
Play-it-again-Sam Niki Hudson*
Publicity Wendy Kumpf
Social Media Amy Camp
Carrie Ellen Adamian
Student Art Coord. Stacey Cochran &
Take-a-Seat Kathleen Whalen
Website Leslie Kibby
_Programs Committee - School Representatives_
Bradfield Lizzie Bailey*
Hyer Rachel Blaylock
UP Laurie Hargrave*
HPMS/MIS Pam Adams
HPHS Karen Walters
* New Member