When times get tough, its time to get creative!
ARTreach creates a stimulus package that benefits the community
ARTreach is a grassroots non-profit that has been providing art opportunities designed to build self esteem and success since 2003. This creative non-profit was born in Katy, Fort Bend County and over the years has helped define best practices in the innovative field of art and social service.
Whether we think of Art or Outreach, it is the vision of ARTreach to unite, inspire and empower people of all ages to envision a successful future.  The organization serves targeted populations in need, but right now, we'll find ARTreach is responding to the needs of the general community by helping local residents focus on a positive future!  ARTreach is utlizing the arts to stimulate the economy and improve our state of mind!
ARTreach Programs have always introduced art as a way to cope with depression, anger, social dysfunction and grief. These programs are greatly beneficial in nurturing the spirit and addressing recovery.  
Now the economy is depressed, and many people today are falling into the same mode of thinking. The media feeds into the many reasons why people become depressed when the economy is depressed. We feel stricken by financial misfortune; we worry about our jobs, our homes, and our financial future. 
ARTreach encourages us to take deep breath, open our mind, hear the music, see the rainbow in the darkness... and take the first steps down the road towards recovery!   
Art is an economic stimulant!  It is a complete stimulus package! Art stimulates the mind and the creative thinking process, it relieves the body of stress, and it fills the soul with joy!  ARTreach is excited to offer the community a very creative stimulus package that gives us great reasons to go out and spend a little money. Enjoying art and music makes a person feel positive, hopeful and good about things, and we enjoy ourselves even more when we can help others at the same time.
Join ARTreach and businesses all over Katy who are providing art and music opportunities to families and friends with events designed to nurture our health, our spirit and our recovery with proceeds benefitting ARTreach Programs. 
ARTreach invites you to celebrate life, celebrate the times, and our positive future at the following ARTreach Community Events. 
MARCH 7-13th -  ART with a Voice- ARTreach Exhibition, this is a retrospective collection of Pete Menser's  life's  work currently on display at The Wine Next Door in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This exhibit features excerpts of Pete's life through a collection of his expressive artwork. His painting has helped him cope with the post trauma of the Vietnam War, and celebrate the wonderful times that included his marriage, his children, and his travels. The artist's reception was held on March 7th  with a very special performance by Dr. Michael Guevara of the Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music who played his original compositions inspired by Pete Menser's artwork. The unique compositions were played on a Phaeton trumpet and flugelhorn. The musician and composer credited a Wedge mouthpiece with the variance of tonal colors produced in his expressive music presentation.

MARCH 13th - NEW! ARTreach Teen Night at Ceramics by Tess- Are your teens and in be"tweens" looking for something more creative to do than just hanging out at the mall on a Friday night? Bring them to Ceramics by Tess on Friday nights and let them be inspired by the idea of creating works of art that can be sold to earn money for college, auctioned to help their booster club, or given as gifts to a favorite teacher or friends.  Ceramics by Tess is open late on Fridays, and offers a creative and safe place for youth to spend creative and constructive time with friends.  Pizza can be ordered. Ceramics by Tess donates 10% proceeds to ARTreach the 2nd Friday of every month.

MARCH 17th- Panera Bread at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch "Artisan" Day- Fresh Bread and Fresh Paint!- Stop by on March 17th 8-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. and see ARTreach artists Elizabeth Bailey, Claire Payne and Terri Bieber paint with coffee- this should be a "stimulating" visual art presentation that perculates some conversation. We are raising dough! Thank you Panera Bread for donating a portion of the proceeds to ARTreach on this day. 
MARCH 20th - ARTparty- Margaritas Today, ARTS Tamale! This is a happy hour party at Berry Hills at Villagio in Cinco Ranch the third Friday of every month that features jazz band  Dr. Feelgood! Berry Hill donates 10% proceeds to ARTreach!  This is an ARTparty will make your whole family Feel Good!

MARCH 22nd -  "Paint for a Worthy Cause"  Living Word Volunteers will be painting with Carries Heart and Arc of Katy participants at The Villagio at Cinco Ranch 1:00-3:00 p.m. on March 22 to create children's chairs and tables to be sold in Silent auction on Gallery Night at Tradition Bank in April. Photo at the top of this newsletter is of National Charity League- Katy Chapter at their Paint for a Worthy Cause event hosted on March 5th at Ceramics by Tess.
MARCH 26th - NEW! ARTreach Adults Night Out at Ceramics by Tess- Stimulate your creativity, relax and enjoy the art of ceramic painting in this grown-up art session offered the last Thursday of every month! This is an ARTreach Adult Night at Ceramics by Tess with 10% donated to support ARTreach studio programs.  Join experts and newcomers in the ceramic painting field, work on your own projects, or participate in an exquisite corpse, a technique invented by Surrealists in 1925 that involves several artists to create one very special work of art. 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Adults only, bring your own wine, dinner can be delivered. Ceramics by Tess hosts Adult Paint Nights and "Moms Night Out" every Thursday evening, with a special ARTreach Blast the last Thursday of every month!   
APRIL 2nd - Gallery Night at Tradition Bank! 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is an ARTreach Student Art Show and Awards Ceremony featuring gifted youth and aspiring artists. The 2009 recipients of the ARTreach Studio Scholarships will be announced at this event. Professional Art Teacher, Elizabeth Linder supports the ARTreach Studio Scholarship Program, and Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music supports the ARTreach Music Scholarship Program. You will also enjoy a Silent Auction of unique art items created by NCL Katy Chapter and Living Word volunteers to benefit the ARTreach Programs.

APRIL 4th - ARTreach Heritage Arts Center - open 10 am - 4 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. The center is located in the Stockdick Home at Katy Heritage Park, 5900 George Bush Park Dr.  You'll see fine arts and unique crafts created by artists in the community, as well as a collection of items created by participants in ARTreach Programs for special needs adults. The center is turning into a local artist's hub. Every month weavers, musicians and artisans are gathering to demonstrate their craft on the porch! Stop by and visit! Artists may donate items to be sold in the Heritage Arts Center to help raise money to support ARTreach Programs and Katy Hertiage Society. 

APRIL 11th- Books a Million! We are creating an ARTscene at Katy Mills Books-a-Million. Stop by and create a community painting, shop for special Easter gifts and books, enjoy storytelling and register for free drawing lessons provided by ARTreach.
JUNE 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, August 8th and 22nd  Summer Art Series in Cinco Ranch- Mark your calendar! Come to LaCenterra to see FREE cultural arts presentations and performers including Sam Dinkins III, Dan Egger-Belandria, URGEWORKS, Storyteller Dan Gordon, Professional Puppeteer Jean Kuecher and Harpist Sara Shute - These are great performing artists coming to Cinco Ranch this summer! www.cincoranch.com
Thanks to a growing list of business partners that support ARTreach through donations and percentages of proceeds earned, you can eat out, buy books, drink coffee, taste wine, buy art, take music lessons, learn to paint, and do nice things for yourself and your family during these economically depressed times. You can feel really good, because you are helping the economy and helping others at the same time through donations made to ARTreach.

Businesses, churches or organizations interested in becoming involved by hosting an ARTreach "Paint for a Worthy Cause" with volunteers, an ARTparty, ARTscene, or Art Exhibition at their store or restaurant, contact ARTreach development director Christine Stilwell at c.stilwell@artreachonline.org
Thank you to the following Katy area business and organizations that are already supporting the ARTreach Creative Stimulus Plan! Agave Road, Bagel Cafe, BerryHills at Villagio at Cinco Ranch, BareFaet Creations, Books-A- Million,  Ceramics by Tess, Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music, Extreme-Technologies, Inc., Fish City Grill at LaCenterra , Hasta La Pasta, Katy Hertiage Society, Living Word Church,  Miss Designality Graphic Design Services, Newland Communities and the Cinco Ranch Property Association, Panera Bread, Silver Eagle Framing and Gallery, Sweet Spirit Productions, The Wine Next Door.  
ART Works!  Support the arts in your community. Support ARTreach!

Expressive Arts at Agave Road 
Expressive Arts Retreat at Agave Road-Learn how to access your creativity through the Expressive Arts. Reserve time and participate in this creative retreat facilitated by Lorena Fernandez, M.A. 10:00-1:00 p.m.  Cost $42. L.Fernandez@artreachonline.org .  Agave Road is a beautiful venue and an environmental masterpiece!  It is peaceful and spiritually uplifting and located in Katy at 1010 FM 1463.


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  Apply now for ARTreach Summer Programs serving at risk youth 
  Agencies, schools, community centers and churches serving children at risk may apply now for ARTreach support.  A  limited number of URGEWORKS shows, creative writing programs, scrapbooking camps, songwriting workshops and vocational art workshops are available for free and on a sliding scale for summer programs serving at risk youth.   Please visit the website for program details. Contact ARTreach  for an Assistance Application. Deadline for summer applications is April 30th.
For more information contact Terri Bieber at ARTreach 281-392-5341 or t.bieber@artreachonline.org  
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Bring this coupon with you the the ARTreach Heritage Arts Center for a discount off one of kind gifts and original artwork. The Arts Center is located in the Stockdick Home at the Katy Hertiage Park, 5900 George Bush Park, Katy, Texas. Open the first Saturday of evey month!  10:00 am-4:00 p.m. Stop by, meet artists, see demos, and tour the beautiful and historic homes. For more information about the Katy Heritage Society and the park, visit www.katyheritagesociety.com