February 2020 Edition
HP Arts is a Non-Profit Organization Supporting HPISD Arts Education Since 1987 
Since 1987, HP Arts has been encouraging arts enrichment and arts education across all schools in the Highland Park Independent School District. This organization was founded on the principle that arts education plays a vital role in the development and academic success of our students.
HP Arts funds enrichment experiences such as orchestra, band, choir, visual arts, Highland Park Literary Festival, and debate team.  Since it's inception, HP Arts has distributed over $1.2 Million in funds given by district families and our cornerstone benefactor, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas.  Please enjoy the following updates on programs that were funded last spring, on arts-related achievements, and on awards for HPISD students.
HP Arts Appreciates Teachers and Administrators
On January 22nd, the HPISD community gathered at the Meadows Museum at SMU for HP Arts' annual Teacher Appreciation Reception.  The event honored the fine arts faculty from all seven HPISD campuses, as well as non-fine arts teachers who have used funding from HP Arts to promote arts enrichment and arts education in their classrooms.  Highlights of the event included HPHS and HPMS student performances and aHK-12 works of art.  HP Arts would like to thank the Meadows Museum for graciously donating the venue, as well as Preston Center Dance and Brook Mays Music Company for sponsoring the event. 

HPHS String Quartet

Raider Pop Choir

HP Art Teachers
2019-20 Fall/Winter Funding Highlights
Moody Advanced Professional Studies Center

The Grand Opening and Dedication of the Moody Advanced Professional Studies Center at HPHS was held on Monday, October 28, 2019. HP Arts helped to fund the installation and eventual January dismantling of the OmniGlobe. The globe will be utilized across all disciplines, including the arts. 

HPISD staff members Erica Vandagriff and Ashley Jones

The OmniGlobe

The Julius Quartet

DALLAS (SMU) --- The Julius Quartet, an award-winning New England chamber music ensemble, the winner of the 2017 Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

The Julius Quartet in residency at SMU came to perform and speak about chamber music to all three of the HPHS orchestras in preparation for Solo/Ensemble. The quartet talked about rehearsing in a small peer group and how to communicate and collaborate when ideas and opinions may differ. Their interactive presentation focused on critical listening skills when playing in small groups when there might be only one or two people playing
each part, said Tara Cesario, HPHS Orchestra Director. 

HP Arts collaborated with the HPHS Orchestra Booster Club to fund the performance and chamber music presentation on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. 

Elementary Schools Experience Djembe Drumming

David Cox, owner of Rhythm Path Drumming, presented an interactive drumming workshop to  kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders at the four elementary schools.  Students were taught proper drumming techniques, learned rhythms from the West African culture, and practiced leading a drum circle.  Mr. Cox also showed pictures from his travels to the African continent, including artisans creating the Djembe drums used by the children during his presentation.  The students enjoyed this HP Arts-funded program. 

Students at Armstrong Elementary enjoying the drumming workshop
Elementary School Silkscreen Printing

HP Arts funded the Screen Printing project, a collaboration between MIS and the elementary schools to expose students to the art of graphic design, screen printing, and the middle school art program. James Jenkins and students from his middle school art class taught the 4th graders at all elementary schools how to silkscreen. Each student had the opportunity to print his/her own shirt with a design created by one of his/her peers.  Below are pictures of UP Elementary students participating in the project.  UP 4th graders drew their ideas for a creative t-shirt design and one winning design by Pearl Wright was selected.  HP Arts supported this program for all 4 elementary schools and provided the t-shirts, printing ink, and other necessary supplies for every student to print their own t-shirt.  

Mr. Jenkins and middle school art students working with 4th graders at UP Elementary. 
Pearl Wright, winner of t-shirt design competition at UP Elementary

Sixth Graders Learn Latin Dance from Ernesto Plazola

Ernesto Plazola  is with United Dance Academy and has lived in both Brazil and Venezuela. He taught the kids samba, salsa and (the most fun) the walk (with samba and turns) that performers do during the parade at Carnival.  Ernesto spent one day with each of the houses, working with every 6th grader over the course of a month during regular social studies class.

Art Accolades
Phantom of the Opera

The HPHS drama department presented five performances of 
Phantom of the Opera over two weekends in September, and shared some interesting facts about the production:
  • Rehearsals began August 5, and the cast rehearsed for a total of 60 hours.
  • 52 students made up the cast and crew.
  • Students were required to know their lines prior to the start of rehearsals.
  • The 17-member orchestra was mostly comprised of HPHS orchestra and band students
  • Choir Director Natalie Walker and the orchestra sat atop the stage above the cast and crew, and produced an outstanding sound.

Highlander Band is Honored for Winning State Silver Medal

The HPISD Board of Trustees honored the Highlander  Band  at its December meeting for  bringing home the silver medal from the UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio in November.  This was the band's highest finish ever.

At 147 members, the Highlander  Band  is the fourth-smallest  band  to advance to  state  and the second-smallest  band  to advance to the finals. 

HP Students featured in Jackopierce Christmas Concert

Performances by HPHS choral groups were featured at Jackopierce Christmas, the annual concert held December 7, 2019 at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium.  

Highland Belles Devony Duclow, Kate Hamilton, Caroline Jernigan and Ava Tiffany also performed, dancing alongside Jackopierce singers Carey Pierce and Jack O'Neil.

Park Version delivered a witty variation of "The 12 Days of Christmas" 

Upcoming Fine Arts Concerts/Performances 
February 27

HPHS Jazz Band Concert - HPHS Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

February 28

UP International Week student dancing - UP Gym
1st - 5:00 pm, 2nd - 5:15 pm. 3rd - 5:30 pm, 4th - 5:45 pm

March 2

HPHS/HPMS Night of Percussion concert - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7:00 pm

March 4

HPHS Choirs Mid-Winter Concert - HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7:00 pm

March 5

Armstrong 3rd grade musical program for PTA/parents - Armstrong Auditorium, 8:15 am

March 10

Bradfield Open House Art Show - 5:00-6:30 pm

"Take A Seat" at HPHS

Your $500 donation will honor your child, family member, a favorite teacher or HPISD organization in the HPHS Palmer Auditorium! The elegantly engraved brass plaque is prominently displayed on the arm of the auditorium chair. Funds raised are used for ongoing improvements in the auditorium areas.

If you would like to support HP Arts through the Take-a-Seat program, please contact Tassio Carvalho at   takeaseat@hparts.org.

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.

Please contact Shari Handler at playitagainsam@hparts.org if you have an instrument you would like to donate.

Board of Directors

HP Arts Board of Directors  2019-20

Executive Committee
President                                        Kristen Pratt
Vice President                              Sally Schedler
Secretary                                       Tammy Testa
Treasurer                                                Jing Lin
Programs Chair                                 Jill Dalton
Programs Committee
Programs Chair                                 Jill Dalton
Armstrong Elementary                     Aimee Cali
Bradfield Elementary                 Lauren Hughes
Hyer Elementary                 Meredith Lockridge
UP Elementary                                   Amy Bean
MIS/HPMS                                     Amy Ramos
HPHS                                           Melissa Allan

Publicity Committee
eNews                                           Mikee Smythe
Artisan                                             Gabrielle Ott
Instagram                          Georgianna Moreland
HPHS Publicity                                 Kelli Miller
Publicity                                    Shannon Sonnier
Website                                       Megan Lembcke
Arrangements                           Victoria Steindorf
Membership                                           Ting Cai 
             Stacy Becker
Play It Again, Sam!                        Shari Handler
Special Events                                  Becky Gould
Sponsorships                Trisha Terraciano- Spence
Student Art Coord.                          Linda Shirley
Take-a-Seat                                  Tassio Carvalho