Summer Newsletter, July 4, 2020, Volume 5
Submit audition videos this week!
Dance, Vocal, and Acting Audition
Videos due by Sunday, July 5th
Happy Fourth of July!
Blessings, Safety, and Love to All of Our ArtsVision Friends and Families!

Auditions are coming along! Students, continue uploading your audition videos. Staff will view them this week. All due by Sunday, July 5th. Didn't get yours in? Contact Ms. McKinley at

Registration closes this week if you have friends or family who still have not registered have them click here to go directly to the registration page to register. Creative Arts Kits pick-ups will be the week of July 15th at St. Paul United Methodist Church. More info to come. The new website is here! Thank you Ms. Alma for all your hard work!

We are still working on donations and sponsorships. All camp fees are due as we will begin ordering camp shirts for campers. This year, families may order shirts, too! This week, staff will continue production meetings and pre-camp tech teams will begin designing for sets, costumes, hair and makeup. We are so excited to be working with the youth!
Yours in the arts,
Fran J. Anderson
Fran Jeffery Anderson
Artistic & Managing Director
SUMMER CAMP! Extended to
Sunday 7/5!

ArtsVision Introduces Musician Silas Greene
Silas Greene
Cultural Drummer
and Musician
Silas Greene is a Pre-K through 6th grade music teacher at Anson Jones Elementary School in Dallas ISD. He is an accomplished tenor saxophone player by trade and occasionally plays Latin Percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums. He teaches teaching cultural drumming in our camp and as an outreach artist in the community. Silas received his first big musical break in high school when he performed with the Youth Instrumental Ensemble at his home church, St. Paul United Methodist Church where he is still a member. In 2019, Silas served as our Assistant Camp Program Director. This will be Silas' 4th year with ArtsVision.
Advocate for the Arts
It's important that we do our part. A strong creative economy is essential in local, state, and national recovery efforts during and after COVID-19. You can easily contact your federal lawmakers by using THIS LINK  to urge them to support the arts as they draft new relief legislation.
(Accessed through AT&T Performing arts Center website.)
Inspirational Video Sir. Rock
Challenge Video Sir. Rock
Send us a video of you drumming to and earn a digital badge. Remember, you don't have to be a camper to participate in the challenges and workshops!
Meet Talented ArtsVision Youth Artist - Bianca Barrera
Bianca, 13, attends Travis TAG in Dallas and will be entering the 8th grade. She has been a part of the ArtsVision family 3 years! Her roles include Jack from Into the Woods, Bonsai the Hyena from Lion King , and Corny Collins in Hairspray . She is a volunteer at Dallas Life and spends many hours practicing her art. Her dream is to be accepted in to the Visual Arts Program at Booker T Washington High school for the Performing and Visual Arts.
To our first group of ArtsVision TV hosts! Thank you Ms. Kelly for guiding the youth in preparation for their first episode, airing on the ArtsVision YouTube Channel. ArtsVision TV is scheduled to air during the the 2nd week of July!
Olivia Betancourt
Kelly Gray-Bobino
Film & Media Instructor
Jayden Mays
Yvez Gonzalez-Orona
Sarah Elias
Emma Buckholt
Meet ArtsVision Board President
Dorothea Jeffery Anderson
Dr. Dorothea Anderson is PhD Analytical Chemistry Leader and Certified Project Management Professional with a documented record of success in the bioscience industry (Ag Chemicals, Biofuels, and Pharmaceuticals). She received her Professional Doctorate of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in James W. Jorgenson’s laboratory and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. Dr. Anderson has published two book chapters and a peer-reviewed paper.

Dr. Anderson has served in various roles on the ArtsVision board for several years. She has worked with and/or supported several youth-oriented organizations (Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and ArtsVision) over several decades. Dr. Anderson continues to support ArtsVision because she understand the importance of providing children and young adults with a place that both supports their passion and allows them to explore and grow their skills, and she appreciates that ArtsVision also provides a platform for the students to develop confidence and a host of interpersonal skills that they will be able to use over the course of their lives.

As the interim president for the ArtsVision Board of Directors, Dr. Anderson’s goal is to build a strong BOD. The BOD’s goals are to support/build on the organization’s mission and purpose and, as important, to provide financial oversight while building a strong fundraising base for ArtsVision. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Anderson is excited work with the BOD and executive leadership of ArtsVision to determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services.

It's almost time for
Film Festival #2
July 18th - Get your camera and enter!
Rescheduled: Ms. Kayah's Improv and Acting Workshop, July 18th
A native of Sacramento, California, Kayah received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to performing original works by choreographers including Matthew Rushing, Ulysses Dove and Twyla Tharp, she has performed in shows such as Stumptown Stages’ West Side Story (Anita), Dallas Theater Center’s Fly and Jay Cameron’s Fame. After 7 seasons dancing with Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT: Encore!, Kayah has been featured in comedic commercial roles for brands including Lifetime Fitness, Self,, Poo~Pourri and ClearCorrect, and continues to teach barre and Schwinn stadium cycling throughout the DFW metroplex.
Kayah Franklin
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