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Art With a Voice: Folasayo

On Saturday, March 6, ARTreach continued its Art With a Voice series with a presentation by Nigerian, multi-media artist, Folasayo Dele-ogunrinde. Art With a Voice exhibitions focus on art with a message of social justice - art that challenges our world view by taking us out of our comfort zone.

The show opened at 7 which gave those who attended the event a chance to take a look at Folasayo's paintings and collages. The imagery spoke directly of the lives of women, particularly outside Western culture. In one series about the oppression of Afghanistan women, rope covered the mouth a woman to symbolize the silence that many women live under in cultures where they are unable to go to school or vote.

Also available for viewing was Folasayo's 2006 short film, The Hunt(warning: strong adult theme, not suitable for some viewers, parental discretion advised).  A disturbing tale of a young woman who turns the table of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder on the men who 'hunt' women.
To highlight the evening, Folasayo entertained us with some of her spoken poetry accompanied by African drummers or piano pieces composed specifically for the event by Michael Guevara.

With a voice ranging from strong to vulnerable, Folasayo recited poems that encompassed the complex relationships women share with men - romantic love, marriage and divorce.
Adding to the fine evening of art and poetry was a nice selection of wine provided by Katie Biggers. The event took place at The V Gallery at VillagioTown Center, Cinco Ranch - a wonderful new place for ARTreach roster artists to showcase their work. We look forward to hosting more Art With a Voice exhibitions at The V Gallery. Thanks to all who attended!

Folasayo's artwork will continue to hang at the V Gallery for another month.
Numerous projects have been awarded to schools in Katy ISD

ARTreach has announced the list of Katy ISD and Fort Bend ISD schools that applied and have been selected to benefit from a variety of ARTreach projects this semester. Benefitting Katy ISD campuses includes Schmalz Elementary, Raines High School, West Memorial Junior High, Morton Ranch Junior High, and McRoberts Elementary. Benefiting FBISD campuses include Barbara Jordan Elementary. Other schools have applied for support and ongoing projects will be reviewed and approved quarterly.

How is a school selected to benefit?
There is an application process. Schools are selected based on their statement of need. Projects that focus on whole child education are prioritized.  Schools are asked to contribute financially to the best of their ability. ARTreach grants will match donations to cover up 80-100% of the costs of approved projects.  
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Photo above includes Schmalz Elementary Principal Karen Ladner, Assistant Principal Lorraine White, and Science team leader, Lynette Campbell along with Terri Bieber and Vickie McMillan of ARTreach.

Schmalz Elementary was awarded their project based on their high interest in having an interactive mural created to support visual learning in Science. ARTreach calls projects like this "SM-ART", because they combine Science and/or Math teaching objectives with visual arts learning opportunities. Schmalz's project mural will span the 4th and 5th grade hallway, visually illustrating lessons associated with earth life cycles. The mural has been designed to the specification of the science team leaders and will serve as a teaching aid.

Several schools applied for and will be receiving similar projects that integrate fine arts with whole educational objectives including McRoberts Elementary  large scale mural of a rain forest, Morton Ranch Junior High's ART-STEM Project integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Raines High School is receiving unique project support that engages students in creating a panel mural representing the overall school community. ARTreach is also offering additional and unique Artist in Residence support to West Memorial Junior High in recognition of their counselor's newest support program for girls called The ROSE (The Rising of Self-Esteem).

For more information please contact Terri Bieber at ARTreach 281-392-5341 or visit
ARTreach is offering quality art programs in seniors living communities
Many of our best health-care and senior living communities in Katy and Houston- including Oakmont, Providence Senior Living Community, Solana of Cinco Ranch, Sunrise of Cinco Ranch and The Forum at Memorial Woods are currently offering ARTreach Programs to benefit the emotional and physical health of their residents.  From basic Arts and Crafts for seniors to more involved programs like ARTbeat, which combines music, motion, and art to support recovering patients, and reminiscence care for individuals with Alzheimer's, ARTreach is having an impact on this very important population.

ARTreach is currently piloting a new program called "Young at ART".  This program is educational in nature and opens the book on world travels and unique cultures using slide shows and photographs. A series of beginner watercolor lessons are incorporated into the program to appeal to residents who do not view themselves as an artist, but are interested in trying new things.

The program is offered as a six-week residency delivered one hour a week. ARTreach is piloting an engagement process that introduces a cultural topic of the week to encourage and promote continued education, friendship and future planning. ARTreach is conducting a controlled study that measures improvements in  lifestyle indicators representing social interaction and behavior. The pilot measures functional improvements in range of motion, gross and fine motor skills, as well as mental and emotional status, including depression. The results have been very positive.

Community volunteers are invited to participate. Our ARTreach Program Director, Vickie McMillan is training art volunteers in this engagement process in order to support the delivery of expanding programs within the assisted living and health care arena for ARTreach.  

"The ARTreach Program is beautiful to watch. You would see insecurities surface in the beginning, while at the same time you see residents encouraging one another and looking forward to the next time together.  I heard laughter, felt human touch and watched as talents were discovered, rediscovered and stress was released, or at least forgotten, during this hour of creativity.   We are looking for ways to continue and expand this program at our facility."

Shannon Boutelle
Director of Community Relations - Sunrise Assisted Living of Cinco Ranch

In This Issue
Numerous schools will benefit from ARTreach projects this year
Art for the Elderly
Something's Brewing in Katy!
Cups of Caring
Artini Night at berryhill

These are fun weekly programs and special workshops that invite community volunteers to participate in ARTreach Programs to create Cups of Caring. Community artists are invited to paint each month at the ARTparty held 3rd Friday nights at Berryhill in Cinco Ranch.

 National Charity League Azalea Chapter has been working with ARTreach and the residents of Solana at Cinco Ranch to create almost 40 "Cups of Caring" these creative ceramic projects will be sold on March 25th at a reception hosted by Solana. The money raised with help fund summer programs for children at risk. The public is invited! Food and drinks are provided by Solana. The Open House is March 25th 5:00-7:00 pm at The Solana at Cinco Ranch 24001 Cinco Village Center Boulevard, Katy Texas 77494

The National Charity League KATY Chapter also hosted their own Cups of Caring Workshop with ARTreach at the Studio at Ceramics by Tess in February.  The public is invited to attend a special fundraisers called "Expresso Yourself"  being held at Agave Road on April 6th
Expresso Yourself!

Something's Brewing in Katy!
And it's time to spill the beans (Coffee Beans that is)
ARTreach will be hosting "Expresso Yourself!" fundraising event on Tuesday April 6, 2010 at Agave Road 1563 FM 1463, Katy TX  77494.  The evening will fill your senses with coffee! Regular and Decaf!

David Buehrer, voted as Houston's Best Barista will be demonstrating his artistic talent, creating "art" lattes, and educating guests on the art of fine coffee making.  David will also be creating an exclusive ARTreach blend that will be available for guests to purchase.
The event will also feature artists painting live using coee as their painting medium.   Elizabeth Bailey, Claire Payne, Vickie McMillan, Karen Richards and Terri Bieber will be the featured artists for the evening.

Katy's best Pastry Chefs will be creating unique desserts that must contain coffee as an ingredient.  Culinary judges will determine which dessert percolates their taste buds and takes home the bragging rights for the Best Java dessert in Houston. The Cups of Caring Coffee Mugs that were created by the moms and daughters of the National Charity League Katy Chapter will be available for purchase.
Special performing artist - JAWAD will be performing to complete this very special event.
Proceeds from this event will help fund ARTreach Programs in the community.
Tickets are now available $20 for adults, $10 for students.  For more information please go to or by calling 281-797-2806.

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