ARTreach Advisors report on the benefits of the arts and the importance of TCA


Over 30 advisors representing children at risk, special needs groups, senior citizens, elderly and disabled attended the ARTreach annual meeting to discuss the need for creative partnerships and collaborations to bring arts education to targeted neglected populations in Harris and Fort Bend County in 2012-13. 

The meeting was hosted by the ARTreach Board of Directors and invited advisors representing social service, juvenile justice and school districts currently partnering with ARTreach to serve over 5000 students, clients and patients this year.

Many of ARTreach's agency and school district partners are receiving program support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Chuck Winkler, Program Administrator/Education for Texas Commission on the Arts was in attendance to hear the reports. "I enjoyed hearing all of the reports about how the work we do supports the community. The fact that the arts have such a far-reaching and important impact on such a wide variety of people is inspiring and heart-warming."
Many of the attendees expressed a desire to help TCA with letters or calls. Click here to read more including a letter from Gary Gibbs about the Sunset Commission and how people can help. 

Photo above is of the board and advisors in attendance: 

1st row: left to rigth: Janet Buller-Board President, Terri Bieber-Executive Director, Jean Prados-VP Fund Development, Fatima Donaldson-VP Programs Development, Vanessa Castillo-Secretary, Becca House- Program Director, Ana Villaronga-Roman-Treasurer. 

2nd row: Aleta Patrick-ARTreach Mentor, Anne Campbell-KVPAC, Sarah Greer and Debbie Sandberg-Rio Bend Community, Eleanor Molar-MDUMC, Donna Fruge-The Summerhouse, Patricia Garmon-Mamie George Community Center, Robyn Pruitt-Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Angelo Infante-Fort Bend Juvenile Detention Center, Omar Gamez-URGEWORKS Programs, Gail Best-Music Artist - 3rd row: Earnest Lewis-Mamie George Community Center, Catholic Charities, Chuck Winkler-TCA, Gregory Magyar-KVPAC, Frank Molor-MDUMC,  Beth Lee-Williams-Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Dee Oelfke-Christ Clinic of Katy, Diane Cervanka-Catholic Charities, Mike Meade-Fort Bend County Juvenile Justice, Corey Green-URGEWORKS, Chris Gamez-ARTreach URGEWORKS Program Director, Wendy Cook, Susan Schmaeling-CORE Dance Company. Also in attendance but not pictured: Ben Brollier-Rise School Houston, Lynne Spwiak-DePelchin Children's Center, Rebecca Maitland-Fort Bend Senior Center


The ARTreach Annual Advisor's luncheon was generously underwritten by the Lasagna House in Sugar Land Town Center. 

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