*Give us a minute and we' ll make you even smarter-
about art!

Volume 123
November, 2020

AYAM Mission Statement:  To provide opportunities for SBISD students and the Houston community to experience the art of diverse cultures, to understand the cultural and historical significance of art, and to develop critical thinking and viewing skills.
Remembering Lucille Bridges
Lucille Bridges, one of the mothers of the Civil Rights movement in the South, passed away on November 10, 2020 at the age of 86.  Lucille was an unassuming trailblazer whose quiet courage in facing protests against the desegregation of New Orleans Schools in 1960, resulted in a change for many black students across the South.  In 2016 the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum housed The Power of Children, a national touring exhibit that explored the lives of three young people and the impact they made on the world we live in today.  While it was the Ruby Bridges story that was told in this exhibit, her mother Lucille was the driving force behind her integration into the all-white school.    The AYAM was honored to host several talks by Lucille Bridges as part of the exhibit thus introducing to the community this Civil Rights icon who was a true champion for change.  Each time she told her story the community had a deeper understanding of the battle that was fought in the South and the long-lasting effects felt today.  The hardships she endured and the racism she and her family encountered did not deter her mission to provide her children with a good education and a better life for them than she had herself. She continued her mission throughout her life, encouraging all students to stay in school, study hard and get a good education. Her grace, along with her determination, have been an inspiration to decades of young black people and their families searching for a better life through education. Ultimately, she paved the way for many and she lived to vote for Barack Obama, first black President of the United States and had the ability to understand that there would be a black woman as Vice President.  Who could have imagined such a life.
Artwork Spotlight- Jose Perez
December's artwork spotlight is a pencil drawing by Texas artist, Jose Perez. Jose Perez was born in Houston, Texas in 1929. He is known for his satirical drawings, representing his personal view of the world. In 2014, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum held an exhibit of his artwork, called A Retrospective: What if Animals Could Talk? This month's featured artwork is a pencil drawing of a female dancer in traditional Mexican dress.

To see past artwork spotlights, visit AYAM Collection
Become a Member today
Become a member of the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum today and enjoy the benefits:
Sponsors four children to attend a "1st Saturday" event
Sponsors the supplies needed for one adult workshop
Sponsors one spring "Road Show" for a SBISD 1st grade classroom, bringing a bit of AYAM to them
Sponsors the supplies for our "Tall Tales & Art" summer reading and art camp
Sponsor ALL "1st Saturdays" supplies, reaching over 500 children
Sponsors the cost of art teachers to lead the summer "Tall Tales & Art" camp, hosting over 500 children
Sponsors ALL of the supplies for our fall field trips.
All memberships include:
Free admission to the museum and any traveling exhibits
Free admission to Adult Workshops, excluding supply fees.
Monthly Art Smart e-Newsletter

PTA/Advocate level & above includes:
Use of the museum for a 2 hour private event at a mutually agreed upon time, based on availability

Benefactor & Masterpiece levels include a 3 hour private tour & event at a mutually agreed upon time and based on availability. Benefactor may have up to 20 guests
Masterpiece may have up to 30 guests

Click here to become a member today

Call 713-251-1987
About the museum....
Altharetta Yeargin  
Art Museum
901 Yorkchester
on Westchester Campus 
Houston, Tx. 77079
Open Tues. & Thurs 10:00-4:00
or by appointment  

Click here to go to the  
Follow us on social media
Twitter- @AYAMuseum

Thanks to Our Sponsors!
You can help too!


Barry & Sue Abrams
Mike & Patsy Andrews

And of course, our
community sponsors! 

Ms. Emily Van Buren
Mrs. Patsy Andrews
Ms. Ellen Green
Mrs. Bonnie Meine
Mrs. Kathy Archer
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Abrams
Mrs. Elaine Mayo
Mr & Mrs. Randall Stephens
Mr. Warren Matthews
Mrs. Debbie Green
Mrs. Katherine Dawson
Ms. Camilla Owens
Mr. Robert Holmes
Mrs. Pamela Mudd Conlan
Mrs. Cori Ryniker
Ms. Carol Herbert
Mr.& Mrs. James Shaddix
Mrs. Meredith Lamberton
Mrs. Carolyn McCall
Mrs. Melinda Hickey 
Ms. Irvetta Williams
Ms. Louise Kiel

Cornerstone Academy PTA
Frostwood PTA
memorial High School 
Memorial Drive Elementary PTA
Memorial Middle School PTA
Spring Forest Middle School PTA
Wilchester Elementary PTA
Rummel Creek Elementary PTA 
Westchester Academy PTA
SBISD Council of PTAs

Always room for more!! 
Click here for more info