September 2018 Edition
HP Arts is a Non-Profit Organization Supporting HPISD Arts Education Since 1987 
Letter from the President

Dear Friends of HP Arts,

As HP Arts embarks upon it's 32nd year, we are lucky to have the opportunity to continue to make a difference in the fine arts programs across HPISD.  I would like to thank each and every one of you that donated to our organization during Back-to-School Sign-Up.  Your generous support and the ongoing support of La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, our cornerstone benefactor, make it possible to continue funding fine arts enrichment programs, equipment and instruction for students in every grade at HPISD.

This school year will present many exciting developments with major renovations and additions of new fine arts spaces at both HPHS and MIS/HPMS, new fine arts faculty members joining the HPISD team, and one very notable departure.  As many of you know, Linda Raya has officially retired from her teaching position at Highland Park High School.  Linda has had many stellar achievements throughout her 45-year career in our district and we can all agree that the landscape of our fine arts programs would look vastly different today had we not had Linda's expertise and support.  Thankfully, our organization does not have to bid Linda farewell, as she will continue to serve as the liaison to the HP Arts Board and we will continue to benefit from her years of experience.  On a personal note, I would just like to say that not only does Linda provide a wonderful, historical perspective to our organization, but she is just such a gracious and lovely person.  I am lucky to know her and to glean her wisdom and insight as I lead HP Arts this year.

During the 2017-18 school year, our organization was able to fund more than $90,000 in programs and special projects.  A special grant funded by La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas has also been designated to upgrade the sound system for the HPHS cafeteria stage, a space that is widely used by many school organizations.  Together with funding from HPHS and the HP Sports Club, HP Arts is pleased to support implementation of this project this fall.

As HPISD continues to grow its emphasis on STEAM education and looks to enhance opportunities in, not only science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but also in arts education and integration, our organization becomes more critical than ever.  This year, we will continue to look for opportunities to fund arts enrichment programs that can be integrated into the core curriculum and will give ALL students a well-rounded foundation to better position them for future successes.


Jill Dalton, HP Arts President 2018-2019

La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas Honors Linda Raya

Our cornerstone benefactor, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, honored Linda Raya's 45 years of service to HPISD and our community's fine arts programs with a lovely tribute and the Order of the Flag award at their annual spring tea on June 6, 2018.

HP Arts Board Members Pictured Above (L to R):  Kelli Miller (past President and current board member), Amy Jent (past President and Community Ex-Officio board member), Linda Raya (HPISD Ex-Officio board member), Jill Dalton (President), Kay Braly (Community Ex-Officio board member), Polly McKeithen (past President and Community Ex-Officio board member), Liana Yarckin (former board member) 
HP Arts Supports the Highland Belles

HP Arts is proud to support the award-winning Highland Belles Drill Team through funding designated for choreography and costuming for their contemporary dance to be performed at regional and national competitions.  W e look forward to another successful year for the Belles!

Artist Spotlight:  Jack Smith

Jack Smith is showcasing his artwork at a new fine art gallery.

Blue Print Gallery will host an art reception for Highland Park High School senior, Jack Smith, on Thursday, October 4 from 5:00-7:00pm at 2701 Fairmount Street.

The art exhibition will feature a selection of Jack Smith's paintings and sculptures.  Recognized for his heavy body acrylic canvases with bold colors, Jack has interpreted his subjects and ideas of nature, landscape and objects through abstracts, realism and mixed media.  He has a creative mind with a natural attention to detail.

Jack's artwork will be available to purchase and a portion of his sales will be donated to HP Arts and the Noggin Foundation, a group dedicated to improving educational opportunities for underprivileged students which is a cause close to the hearts of the Smith household.

Jack Smith began drawing an sketching at a very early age, when unlike most young children, his art took recognizable form and color.  His first painting, PENGUIN, earned him the cover page of the Westminster Preschool newsletter at age four.  A natural artist, his understanding of light, color and form continues to evolve and expand as he explores new mediums.

Jack began formal painting study at Zhen Music and Art Institute in Dallas at age ten and continues to learn and experiment inside and outside the classroom.  His teacher, Zhen Wu, is an advocate of young artists and has helped him grow technically while mentoring his talent and spirit.  The Zhen Gallery featured Jack's paintings during the 2014 Spring Show.  Jack has been featured in Park Cities People, Art & Seek, White Rock Weekly, and the Dallas Morning News.

Since 2013, Jack Smith has consistently been selling, commissioning and donating paintings. He is a regular contributor to Children's Medical Center and has donated paintings to benefit the Cattle Barons Ball, Autism Treatment Center, Highland Belles, Dallas Junior Forum, Delete Blood Cancer and the Museum of Biblical Art Education Programs.  Jack's largest installation is at Legacy in the ABN AMRO Bank offices.

Blue Print Gallery, a fine art gallery in Dallas, Texas, represents artists from around the world. The gallery is dedicate dot bringing established, mid-career and emerging artists to Texas.  Blue Print Gallery features a large variety of artwork from contemporary abstract paintings and works on paper to fine art photography and sculptures.

Blue Print Gallery opened on April 5, 2018 and is a sister company of Blue Print, a fine home furnishing boutique.  @blue_print_store.

For information on Jack Smith, visit his website at

"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

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 Steve Gruber at if you have an instrument you would like to donate.

Board of Directors

HP Arts Board of Directors  2018-2019

Executive Committee
President                                           Jill Dalton
Vice President                        Megan Lembcke
Secretary                                     Tammy Testa
Treasurer                                  Jennifer Murray
Programs Chair                               Carla Moss

Programs Committee
Programs Chair                              Carla Moss
Armstrong Elementary                    Aimee Cali
Bradfield Elementary                    Lizzie Bailey
Hyer Elementary                          Melissa Allan
UP Elementary                              Kristen Pratt
MIS/HPMS                                 Sally Schedler
HPHS                             Georgianna Moreland

Publicity Committee
E-News                                       Mikee Smythe
Artisan                                            Niki Hudson
Instagram                        Georgianna Moreland
HPHS Publicity                                  Kelli Miller
HPMS Publicity         Trisha Terraciano-Spence
MIS Publicity                                 Dorota Baird

Website                                    Megan Lembcke
Arrangements                          Victoria Steindorf
Membership                                          Ting Cai 
             Shari Handler
Play It Again, Sam!                        Steve Gruber
Special Events           Trisha Terraciano-Spence
Sponsorships                                      Kelli Miller
Student Art Coord.                        Janese Deitch
Take A Seat                                Tassio Carvalho