We know that when the economy takes a down turn, our social service, underserved campuses and welfare agencies see an increase in needs and begin to rely more than ever on ARTreach Programs and Services.
It is more important than ever that we remain focused on our mission to bring the arts to underserved communities. Children at risk, troubled youth, families in crisis, special needs adults, and the elderly benefit greatly from ARTreach Programs. Our organization will be working hard in 2009 to continue to deliver our programs despite the down turn in the economy.
ARTreach is growing! We are accommodating the increased needs represented by our our social service agencies and community advisors. Agency, campus principals and social workers will attend our annual Advisors Meeting being held on January 16th at Hasta La Pasta in Katy, Texas. This meeting sets the pace for ARTreach and strong solutions that will reach out to people who are slipping through the cracks in our educational system, foster care, juvenile justice and family health and welfare systems.
Together we are looking for solutions that will help reduce student apathy and drop out rates, reduce drug abuse, gang activity and violence. We are looking for solutions that will confront depression, improve treatment and enrich lives. Solutions that will elevate victims to become survivors. Solutions that allow a person to experience and acheive success, and see themselves as contributing, creative and valuable members of our society.
Because Art Works! It IS part of the solution. ARTreach is growing and training professional artists and art specialists to teach in the school district, charter schools, juvenile detention centers and counseling services. ARTreach Programs are aiding students, families in crisis, and others at risk to focus on their positive future, and begin to visualize and achieve success through a range of expressive art and interactive social development practices.
Volunteers make a difference
We are training mentors and volunteers to assist children at risk, troubled youth, and families in crisis, special needs adults and the fragile elderly. Volunteer to be a Teaching Artist, Art Mentor or Life Coach. Applications are being accepted now to attend an orientation and sign up for a 12- week ARTreach Training for Excellence Program which begins January 28, 2009.
ARTreach Program Directors are requesting volunteers and assistants to support administrative needs and special projects serving neglected populations. Please scroll down and review our programs and volunteer requests listed or email info@ARTreachOnline.org
for more information. Orientations and training opportunities are held monthly at our ARTreach Corporate offices located at Extreme Technologies, 12012 Wickchester Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77079 and our retreat and workshop venue located at Agave Road, 1016 FM 1463 Katy, Texas 77492.Executive Director
Fundraising Events Coordinator- Keri Aschoff
Community Relations Director- Stacy Baer
Stacy is training art volunteers to support ARTreach community outreach events and festival participation, artists that can offer demos and facilitate arts and craft making activities help ARTreach build awareness in the community. Stacy@ARTreachOnline.org
Lorena FernandezProgram Director- Expressive Arts
Lorena is a professional facilitator of Expressive Art workshops serving Elderly/Alzheimer's, Hospitals and patient recovery, grief counseling, veterans, drug addiction recovery. Staff Development/Expressive Arts Workshops support training and are open to the public the last Wednesday of each month. Lorena@ARTreachOnline.org
Program Director - URGEWORKS Programs
These are cultural hip hop programs serving Children at Risk & Troubled Youth
-Inspirational and Motivational Presentations
Urgeworks programs can be booked for any school and community with up to 100% funding available to needy agencies and high risk schools. Chris is training dancers to support outreach. Volunteers and professional dancers please contact URGEWORKS@ARTreachOnline.org
to become involved. Vicki McMillanProgram Director- Special Projects
Children at Risk
Vickie is seeking teaching artists and volunteers in the Woodlands area to teach art at the We Care Juvenile Placement Center Vickie@ARTreachOnline.org
Stacy BaerProgram Director- Ceramic & Clay Specialist
Located in Katy, at Ceramics by Tess
402 Grand Parkway
Times Square Shopping Center
Katy, Texas 77494
Volunteers and artists are invited to train at the ARTreach Studio in Katy to work with seniors and fragile elderly and/or adults with intellectual and physical disabilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers must attend orientation prior to placement Stacy@artreachonline.org
Elizabeth LinderProgram Director- Private Studio Scholarships
Gifted and Talented
Children at risk
Katy area volunteers are needed to support the student and family reception - Gallery Night at Tradition Bank in April.
Kelly DillardProgram Director
Overseeing Special Needs Adults and Senior Living Community Programs and Community Projects.
Kelly is training volunteers to work with her in weekly programs serving the elderly and special needs adults and seeking volunteers to support large scale community painting projects coming up this spring. KellyD@ARTreachOnline.org
Program Director - Tools 4 Teens
Scrapbooking and journaling activities/character education/Christian content/curriculum based. This program can be booked via catalog. This program needs mentors and postive role models to assist. Contact Kelly at Tools4Teens@ARTreachOnline.org Dan Egger-Belandria
Program Director Austin Projects. Dan is supporting the development of AIE teaching artist Standards of Excellence and a Texas ARTreach roster of certified specialists and trained professional teaching artists serving special needs and children at risk across the State of Texas. Local agencies and Austin ISD campuses in need of support please contact Austin@ARTreachOnline.org
Art with a Voice - Exhibition Curator and Director
Maxine is involved the art selection process and installation of professional artwork in our public venue exhibitions and gallery events for underserved communities. Contact Maxine if you'd like to be involved in the installation and booking of our rotating art exhibitions, to include corporate installations and professional gallery/restaurant events focusing on social justice and outreach. Maxine@ARTreachOnline.org
Film Documentation, Photography and Videography DivisionProgram Directors Sandy & Janet Buller
Photographers and videographers are always needed to support documentation of ARTreach Programs. Projects are assigned through this department. Non-Profit organizations in need of videography services, slide shows or unique fundraising presentations may access ARTreach Professional Services.FilmDocumentation@ARTreachOnline.org
ARTreach is seeking volunteers and creative individuals-
ART Car and Festival Participation
ARTreach artist participation is often requested. We are looking for volunteers in West Houston, Katy and Fort Bend, and Waller County area that can respond to community festival invitations that request our artist demos, and free art activities- these are community craft shows, church outreach events, National Night Outs, Local Art Shows, and community events. We encourage and train student volunteers to assist. Festival participation includes setting up a 10 x 10' white tent, maintaining a nice display that represents the ARTreach Gallery or a student exhibition and the offering of free art and craft activities /or face painting as requested. Our ability to participate is tied to sponsorships and donor support. Stacy Baer is our Community Relations Director, please email Stacy@ARTreachOnline.org
if you'd like to learn more about volunteering to help in this fun festival capacity. Volunteer Coordinator
This is an important position for 2009 that will allow us to grow in a down turned economy by helping us build our best volunteer resources. A Volunteer Coodinator will be able to recruit and help our new volunteers complete the ARTreach application process which includes orientation, background checks; follow up, training and placement. Securing donated art supplies, recruiting new volunteers and managing schedules is part of this job. Our Volunteer Coordinator will be able to track volunteer hours and organize our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon and awards ceremony. This is not a budgeted and paid postion yet. We are looking for the GREATEST PERSON IN THE WORLD to volunteer to do this for ARTreach! Teaching Artists interested in volunteering-
you are invited to submit your program proposals. New art programs are piloted in controlled training situations before you are placed to teach in an unusual venue or facility. Approved and qualified professional teaching artists and certified art specialists may be contracted.
Contact Terri Bieber, ARTreach Executuve Director at 713-444-1897 or email info@ARTreachOnline.org
about any of the opportunities described.