Painting, Drawing, 3D Multi-Media, Digital Art, 2D Mixed Media and Photography
Venue: Sam Houston State University - Woodlands Center (4th floor)
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Please contact one of us at the addresses below for more information:
Carmen Mulraney, Student Art Scholarship Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayleen Barton, Community Education Outreach Director for Because Art Matters, email@example.com
Our mission is to establish and support meaningful programs in the performing and visual arts for at-risk students in schools in Montgomery County to encourage academic performance and attendance, as well as art enrichment programs to serve all members of the community, especially those that are underserved and have special needs.
Community and Education Outreach
We believe the arts can open the doors of our minds, strengthen character and heal our bodies. The creative outlet of the arts presents an opportunity to discover the inner spark that leads to a stronger sense of self-confidence, the development of creative thinking, and an appreciation for other cultures and viewpoints.
Whom we Serve...
We believe the arts can open the doors of our minds, strengthen character and heal our bodies. The creative outlet of the arts presents an opportunity to discover the inner spark that leads to a stronger sense of self-confidence, the development of creative thinking, and an appreciation for other cultures and viewpoints. We serve four pillars in the community includingâ€¦
We have impacted over 17,000 at-risk students in Title-1 schools in the Conroe and Magnolia Independent School Districts to date and that number keeps growing!
We offer programs that provide positive messaging using performing and visual arts to target key issues such as anti-bullying, drug abuse prevention, teamwork and self-esteem. We partner with Dionysus Theatre, Andy Rooniverse, Percussionist Dan Egger-Belandria, Master Artist Vickie McMillan and more.
We provide students with cultural experiences including visits to the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, live performances in school by the Houston Grand Opera, field trips to see the dancers of the Houston Ballet and cultural art projects and field trips with The Woodlands Childrenâ€™s Museum.
We produce TEKS based curriculum programs using interactive performances to focus on geography, history and exploration of cultures around the world. Percussionist Dan Egger-Belandria takes students on a drumming journey from Africa to the Americas that explores rhythms and folklore, providing the experience in both English and Spanish.
Master Artist Vickie McMillan creates beautiful interactive collaborative murals with students, integrating TEKS curriculum while demonstrating technique, creative learning, life skills and confidence building.
Students involved in the arts are...
Troubled youth and offenders after involvement in arts haveâ€¦
*Source: Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, for Carnegie Foundation for The Advancement of Teaching **Source: U.S. Department of Justice
We offer the following programs:
Art Supply Stipends
Art Supply stipend to be used solely for visual art and performing/music department supplies within your school during the school year of 2014-2015. The stipend will be split into two checks over the course of the school year. Half of the funds are designated for Visual Arts and the other half must be used for Performing/Music Departments.
Musical Performances including:
World Rhythm Synergy is a high-energy multicultural presentation that infuses explosive drumming with a meaningful lecture and group participation for up to 300 English or Spanish speaking students. Throughout this ethno-musical journey, your students will have an opportunity to explore various African, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms and folklore that help explain the connection between African-American history and Hispanic heritage.
Houston Grand Opera
Experience high-energy opera, presented at your school, library or community center in a fully-staged, 45-minute performance. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish and are designed especially for today's audiences. We bring costumes, sets and beautiful music to life. Shows available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance.
Join AndyRoo on a musical journey to a magical place created by the ever-expanding landscape of childrenâ€™s imaginations, where youâ€™ll encounter swinging monkeys, Silly Sal the Salamander, and a big balloon that will whisk you away to a whole universe of exciting animated characters. Using storytelling, music making, and movement, this program teaches children about individuality, togetherness, and kindness through an active listening experience.
Theatrical Performances including:
Participate in a variety of programs offered by the Houston Ballet including their Studio Series, Ballet Talks, Matinee Performances, and more. TEKS curriculum available.
Dionysus is a touring theater group including actors with disabilities and those who are non-disabled., Dionysus breaks down barriers and opens communication with our thought provoking, innovative show, â€œTrue Confessions of a Bullyâ€ teaching students how to best handle bullying in all its forms.
Visits to Local Museums including:
The Woodlands Childrenâ€™s Museum
Museum on The Go â€“ Pre-K and Kindergarten students can enjoy a field trip at The Woodlands Childrenâ€™s Museum. With interactive displays children can explore and discover the open exhibits especially designed for them. The Museum provides creative and imaginative play experiences along with daily interactive activities, and a take-home art project for each student. Because Art Matters provides transportation to and from the museum and admission to the Museum.
Let the talented artists from The Woodlands Childrenâ€™s Museum come to you with â€œArt Around The World,â€ including the following art projects for 2014-2015: Musical Instruments of Africa, Adornments from Head to Toe, Bags â€“ Boxes - Bowls and Beyond: Containers from around the World, Masks, specially designed for your students. All supplies will be provided in your classroom along with a staff member to help your students learn the art process from beginning to end and some cultural history along the way. All art projects are taken home at the end of the session.
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Field trips for 4th grade students also include a TEKS-aligned writing activity designed to aid preparation for the 4th grade state writing test. The writing exercise takes place in the galleries as part of the tour, and is directly related to the works of art discussed. The writing field trip is also appropriate for students in 3rd and 5th grades. Because Art Matters provides transportation to and from the museum.
We partner with many Senior organizations (Harvest Wood, The Forum, Brookdale, Interfaith, Terrace and more) in the community to work with the seniors to promote socialization, encourage physical movement and activity and engage seniors emotionally and intellectually through the arts both visual and performing.
Seniors from the community are able to participate in the following programs:
Upcoming Projects: with the Seniors of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Master Artist Vickie McMillan. Participants are creating a mixed-media watercolor â€œSelf-Portraitâ€ collaborative project. ~March 2015 *This project is sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.
Senior Citizens involved in the arts experience...
*Source: George Washington University study on Creativity and Aging **Source: Arts in health review of medical literature by Dr. Rosalia Staricoff
We provide performing and visual arts workshops and projects for adaptive participation for children and adults with development medical conditions. Additionally we serve those with special circumstances such as victims of human sex-trafficking and domestic abuse.
We offer programs that provide positive messaging using performing and visual arts to target key issues such as anti-bullying, drug abuse prevention, teamwork and self-esteem. We partner Percussionist Dan Egger-Belandria, Master Artist Vickie McMillan, Let Them Drum! and more. Groups served to date include:
A residential safe haven and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking in the greater Houston area
Projects: Master Artist Vickie McMillan, worked in partnership with the young women of Freedom Place to create this mixed media representation of a butterfly taking flight into a new and healing phase of life using antique knobs and upcycled pieces of wood.
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County
A court-appointed organization advocating for abused and neglected children in our community
Projects: Master Artist Vickie McMillan, worked in partnership with the young men of Hearts of Hope and CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, to create an acrylic on canvas of a male wood duck alongside a pond with reeds, to represent boys growing in wisdom and character.
Dan Egger-Belandria performed for the residents of Treehouse on November 6, 2014.
We Care Treatment Center
Treatment Center for Girls serves girlâ€™s ages five through seventeen, whom have been diagnosed with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, and victims of trauma.
Projects: Master Artist Vickie McMillan, worked in partnership with the young women of We Care Treatment Center for Girls, to create this acrylic on canvas of a bouquet of beautiful hydrangeas, representing the need for nourishing the soil we are planted in, and the â€œBEAUTYâ€ of emerging on the other side of trials in life. *This project sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts
Arts can support those with special needs and circumstances by...
*Source: JFK Center for Performing Arts Study **Source: Florida Hospital for Child Development *** Studies cited on arttherapyblog.com
Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center (Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), Detention, Probation, Juvenile Protection Services).
A center to assist in developing pro-social changes in juvenile behavior.
Upcoming Projects: Master Artist Vickie McMillan is working with the students of JJAEP to create a mixed media â€œGraffiti Artâ€ acrylic on canvas. t Them Drum! ~ March 2015 *This project sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.
Dan Egger-Belandria presents â€œDrumming is the Differenceâ€ workshops to participants of Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center. Introducing percussions instruments and styles as a creative way to communicate, express emotions and manage stress. ~April 2015 *This project sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.
Montgomery County Youth Services
Organization that provides safe shelter for homeless youth 10-17 years of age.
Projects: Dan Egger-Belandria performances for the residents of Bridgeway Youth Shelter. April and October 2014.
The Human Rights Walk
The Human Rights Walk was created and organized by local high school student and Human Rights Advocate, Demme Durrett to bring understanding to the community that, â€œevery person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact of being human.â€
Projects: Because Art Matters and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council worked in partnership with participants of the 4th annual Human Rights Walk on December 6, 2014, to create a mixed-art weaving mural, using strips of colored fabric. â€œTHE FABRIC OF HUMANITYâ€ highlights the Youth for Human Rights International logo interwoven in the colorful mural, representing the mixture of diverse cultures coming together for the cause of Human Rights for all.
Other organizations weâ€™ve worked with include:
Emergency MinistriesAn organization that provides a variety of services for first responders
Interfaith of The WoodlandsA social service agency that provides numerous programs and services
Montgomery County Womenâ€™s CenterA safe shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse
Childrenâ€™s Safe HarborA childrenâ€™s advocacy center for children ages 2-17 years
Communities and the arts partner to...
Collaborating with artists, community organizations and institutions, Because Art Matters provides a variety of enriching art experiences including:
Awards & Scholarships
Scholarships and art supplies for the annual Conroe Independent School District Summer Art and Music Camps.
The Woodlands High School Art Trust annual Donation.
Collaborative Community Art Murals in partnership with schools and other non-profit organizations.
The Woodlands Art Bench Project â€“ Art Bench Public Art Project along the Beautiful Woodlands Waterway
40th Anniversary Student Art Project in Visual and Literary Arts, sponsored by The Woodlands Township and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
Events & Programs
Master Artist Program & Workshops â€“ To promote and develop artists in the community that offer different processes and methods for in-school and community outreach programs.
Photography Contest for 9th- 12th grade students, at The Woodlands Mall, May 9, 2015.
Summer Art Workshop for 5th & 6th grade students at The Woodlands Mall, July 25, 2015.
Fast Draw Competition for 7th and 8th grade students at The Woodlands Mall, September 12, 2015.
Other Partners include:
Official Category Sponsors
Artopoly, Because Art Matters
Bartec, US Corporation
Mike & Georgie Bass
Better Bookkeepers, Inc.
Rich & Luciana Burket
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Alex & Susan Cosculluela
Tom & Sandy Dignes
Bev Earl Corporate Incentives
John & Paddy Feuerstein
Neil & Elissa Fletcher
Rob & Cindy Hardin
Sue Burke Harrington
Derek & Sonya Hillman
John Cooper School
Roberto & Kim Lacayo
Devona & Lon Larson
Mark & Laurie Lashier
Amy Lecocq & Richard Shapiro
Worthing F. & Katrina Lenden Jackman
Jerry & Patricia MacDonald
Lloyd & Margaret Matthews
Joe & Gail Michels
Steve & Cindy Moss
Jim & Susie Pokorski
Jerry & Ann Snyder
Chuck & Deb Spiess
Richard & Angelika Stinson
Jim & Susan Wendt