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November 2009 
community project
Chair-ish the Arts draws a crowd
Our annual fall fundraising event this year was an exhibition of original works of art by artists from Houston, Austin, Katy and Sugar Land and held at the Villagio Community Room at Villagio Town Center in Cinco Ranch. The event drew more than 300 people, and pulled in $8,000 for ARTreach and the participating artists. Everyone agreed, ARTreach needs to do this kind of event in the Katy community again! We loved it! Watch the Chair-ish the Arts Video created by Sweet Spirit Productions.
The ARTreach chair, painted by our 2009 Heroes Among Us was the featured item in our silent auction. Our funky one of kind chair now resides in Cypress, Texas, you can visit it at The Purple Elephant Gallery (grand opening February 2010)
community project We were proud to be able to showcase our area artists in such a beautiful setting as the Villagio Town Center Community Room. Many thanks to Berryhill of Cinco Ranch (such a great ARTreach supporter) for providing the food. Katie Biggers, ARTreach hero and supporter provided the wine Chateau Leonard. Of course, all this fun and fundraising adds up to ARTreach being able to continue its efforts to bring arts education to those in need. We thank you all and hope to see you next time.
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Katyvillecommunity projectKelly Dillard Project Facilitator
ARTreach Programs supporting health and human services

ARTreach is responding to the needs of a growing population of senior citizens and continuing to develop new programs for medical care patients and individuals with Alzheimer's. A pilot program, called ARTbeat, co-directed by Kelly Dillard and Michelle Mitchell of Katy at Kissito Healthcare Center was initiated September 14 and concluded November 7th.  The objective of the pilot was to demonstrate the impact art and music could have on long term care.
This ARTreach pilot was made possible in part by a grant from TCA Arts Respond Grant for Health and Human Services and Kissito Healthcare. The pilot measured significant improvements in behavior and other emotional health indicators. The indicators were established at the start of a pilot to identify reductions in medications, fewer falls, improvements in behavior, including decreases in verbal aggressiveness and increased social interaction.

This ARTreach Program combined live music and dance motions with visual art projects on a weekly basis to stimulate a creative process.  "This was a creative collaboration, we were looking for improvements in our resident's emotional health and outlook, says Jane Davis, Executive Director at Kissito Healthcare Katy "The program was enriching and the pilot successfully marked a significant reduction in the number of incidents related to verbal aggression and frustration exhibited by the sample group we selected to participate in the 8 week pilot.
The ARTreach website hosts archives that feature over five years of pilots and programs with best teaching practices designed to support education and health and human services for elder care, juveniles in detention, children at risk  and other special needs populations . The images above are self portraits created by the residents, this art project was facilitated by teaching artist Kelly Dillard.

Upcoming Events- Join us at Candelari's, 7425 Hwy 6 South Missouri City on November 19th 6-9 PM and help us raise money for ARTreach Programs serving children at risk in Fort Bend ISD.
Candelari's Fundraiser
Friday, November 20th 6-10 pm at Berryhill Baja Grill at Villagio Town Center in Cinco Ranch - Every month we host an ART Party- Join us for ART-ini and Art-a-Rita Night!

We have a very special night planned just for you. Step up to the ART bar and create your own original ART-ini glass, Art-a-Rita glass or Ch-ART-onnay glass for yourself or to give as a gift for the holidays.  Cost for supplies is $18. Don't want to paint your own?  Come on out and watch our artists create one of a kind designs that you can purchase.

Enjoy dinner too, Berryhill donates proceeds on this evening to support
ARTreach programs for children at risk Katy ISD.

  Thank you Berryhill
You are also invited to the ARTreach Gallery at Serendipity Hap'ez in Old Town Katy, we are celebrating the new work of artist Marissa Vitolo on Sunday, November 29th, Artist's Reception 11am-3 pm. Food, drinks, Christmas throughout the store, great sales and artsy shopping!
ARTreach Gallery
Kids Fest Art Car
Look for the ARTreach 2009 Art Car painted at the Katy Kids Festival and other community events held in October- now driving on the streets in your neighborhood! Honk if you love ART!
In This Issue
Programs supporting health and human services
Upcoming Stuff
Austin projects introduces drumming to children at risk
Austin ARTreach pilots an interactive drumming program for children at risk and in foster care
ARTreach is about to conclude a 10 week ARTreach residency program at the Helping Hands Children's Home in Austin, Texas.  This is a residential treatment center for children ages 5-12 and in the foster care system. The ARTreach program director is professional percussionist and teaching artist Dan Egger-Belandria. 
Dan is a TCA roster artist and this project was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Texas Commission on The Arts.  The children living at the Helping Hands Home are undergoing treatment for emotional and behavioral issues related to abuse and neglect.  They are considered at risk for a variety of factors, and those selected to participate in the pilot represent a range of special needs. Most of the children involved have never been given the opportunity to experience drumming or music on a teaching level.  .
Dan's program, called The Rhythm Journey, is a powerful experience that teaches rhythmic collaboration as well as the art of self expression.  When working with children who have not been previously exposed to music or drumming, Dan uses a call and response technique to develop the group's drumming vocabulary while emphasizing key learning points around team and relationship building. This is a hands-on approach to building self esteem, while breaking down barriers within a group to create a shared vision that is interactive and rewarding. 
This ARTreach pilot will help demonstrate the impact drumming techniques introduced in the residency can have on the child's ability to cope with everyday tasks, and will also help measure the value of weekly encounters with expressive art and music making methods by marking improvements in the child's ability to interact and or socialize. ARTreach is measuring improvements documented by staff in individual behavior and test scores recorded in the first term, compared to the second term. There is a culminating presentation associated with this program being held on November 23, 2009 at The Helping Hands Home, 3804 Avenue B Austin, 78751.
The results of the evaluation will be posted online at the conclusion of the pilot. www.artreachonline.org/news/
ARTreach has been documenting improvements in social behavior and grades linked to creative art experiences since 2003.  While art and music programs that include supplies, instruments and professional teachers can be expensive, they are much less expensive than traditional adaptive behavior therapies. ARTreach Programs prove that the arts fundamentally support a child's emotional development and improved ability to learn. Early  exposure to the arts can help nurture a child's future to become a creative and productive member of our society.  Art needs to be a part of every child's life!
Because Art Works! Please encourage and support the arts.  Make a donation today to support ARTreach art and educational outreach in your community.  
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