Getting Students Involved with the Centennial Commission of World War 1

Imagination Fort Worth is proud to announce a partnered effort to get students involved in the history of the United States World War 1. The exhibition at the Fort Worth Public Library, From Cowboy to Doughboy – North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for “The Great War,” gives students a chance to experience an interactive tour with local historical figures brought to life by theater students from Trimble Tech High School’s Theater program. A library tour educating students on the vast resources the library has to offer, and readings of actual letters from home in Texas to soldiers serving in the war, as well as poetry and essays from the time, set to period music, will be read by actors from Trimble Tech in period dress. Topics covered in the WW I exhibition and the ImagineGuide educational guide provided by Imagination Fort Worth to the teachers attending for classroom use: A WWI Timeline; Pre-War and Mexico Texas Border Conflicts; The Army & Camp Bowie; Multi-Cultural Aspects of WWI & North Texas; Regional Culture; Army Air Service and Royal Flying Corps Airfields; The Home Front; World Overview.

 

An overview of the Exhibit

Skits from the Exhibit

Researchers at Museum and College Reveal Impacts of Field Trips

Although, we know we are not alone in the type of programming we provide to students, it has proven difficult to get the message out, to school leaders across the U.S., about the positive impact arts-integration and field trips, of the sorts, have on learning. Thankfully, there are numerous studies being conducted to prove this theory.

 

One in particular, shows how cultural institutions have significant benefits for students beyond educational aspects. Their findings, undoubtedly, will have significant impact in the way schools view field trips and integration of arts. Greene, a member of the team studying Crystal Bridges Arts Museum Programs, said, “Our research suggests that students actually retain a great deal of factual information from their tours, as students who received a tour of Crystal Bridges were able to recall details about the paintings they had seen at very high rates,”

The study published on the Crystal Bridges website also states, “The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform is sharing the information as well to communicate implications for the types of field trips in which schools participate to educators, administrators and policy makers. ‘Culturally enriching field trips are in decline in public education, and museums across the country report a steep drop in school tours,’ said Greene. ‘This research shows that the trips have significant benefits for students, and particularly disadvantaged students. These results should be an important consideration in the assessment and distribution of resources.'”  To read the study in it’s entirety, please follow the links below:

$65,000 Sid W. Richardson Foundation Grant Awarded to Imagination Fort Worth

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $65,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson
Foundation to fund Imagination Fort Worth and it’s programing. The Sid W. Richardson
Foundation is known for providing grants that serve the people of Texas, especially for
educational-based organizations such as Imagination Fort Worth.

 

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve
arts experiences in learning. Our organization builds capacity in teachers and students with a wide array of educational experiences that provide artistic and cultural contexts for
classroom content. IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational programming,
free of charge for ALL LEARNERS, grades Pre K-12 to students in Fort Worth ISD.

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President says “We are honored to
partner with the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. Their generous contribution has allowed us to expose students to rich and engaging programming with arts integrated right into
curriculum, such as our Summer Intensive with Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA).”

 

Sid W. Richardson established the Foundation in 1947. When substantial income from assets from the late Mr. Richardson’s estate became available in 1962, the Foundation began its current program of distributing major grants. Although his interests reached beyond Texas and his personal contacts were worldwide, he retained his utmost concern for the people of his home state. Throughout the years, the Board of Directors and staff have sought to fulfill his vision; grants are made in support of educational, health, human service, and cultural programs and projects that serve the people of Texas.

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and
minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. For more
information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit
imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.
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The Miles Foundation and The Morris Foundation Partner Together to Award IFW Acceptance for an Outcome-Based Program

Imagination Fort Worth has received acceptance to an outcome-based program sponsored by The Miles Foundation and The Morris Foundation. In addition to three workshops, IFW will also participate in four 2-hour coaching sessions that focuses on providing organizations with the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently evaluate their program offerings.

 

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve
arts experiences in learning. Our organization builds capacity in teachers and students with a wide array of educational experiences that provide artistic and cultural contexts for
classroom content. IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational programming,
free of charge for ALL LEARNERS, grades Pre K-12 to students in Fort Worth ISD.

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President says “We are honored to have the opportunity to participate in this course. The workshops and assignments will allow IFW to deepen our programs as a whole, by providing insight into our own programming and, ultimately, lead us to enhance learning throughout our arts integrated curriculum.”
The Outcomes-Based Program Evaluation Institute (OBPEI) provides organizations with the knowledge and skills to evaluate program efficiency and effectiveness. As a result, a critical knowledge gap is filled for organizations to help make program improvements for an even greater impact. Participating organizations will design an evaluation framework for
one program that includes a theory of change model, a logic model with goals and
indicators and a data collection plan. Between sessions and coaching meetings, participating organizations are expected to complete homework assignments that contribute to the development of their program’s evaluation framework.

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and
minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. For more
information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit
imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.
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$5,000 Grant from the Adeline & George McQueen Foundation

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $5,000 grant from the Adeline & George McQueen
Foundation for programming support. The Adeline & George McQueen Foundation is
known for providing grants to organizations whose primary purpose is to support
education.

 

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve
arts experiences in learning. IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational
programming, free of charge for over 65,000 students, grades Pre K-12 to students in Fort
Worth ISD. We serve a population of over 80% Economically Disadvantaged students
comprised of many diverse learners with varying needs and challenges.

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President says, “The McQueen
Foundation’s decision to support Imagination Fort Worth will give students, who participate
in our programming, a chance to engage in an arts integrated curriculum that will enhance
the way the see learning for a lifetime. We are honored to have such a generous sponsor.”
The McQueen Foundation was created by Adeline and George McQueen in 1960 for the
purpose of supporting charitable, educational, religious, or hospital organizations in the State of Texas.

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and
minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. For more
information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit
imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.
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TAFA Summer Intensive

Funded by the Texas Academy of Figurative Art, the Sid Richardson Foundation, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth NAP Program, the 2017 TAFA Summer Intensive was a great success! The TAFA Summer Intensive was our first awe-inspiring program in the 2017-2018 school year. The Texas Academy of Figurative Art and IFW Summer Academy (July 10-21, 2017) was a two-week (60 hour) intensive art program that had great appeal to aspiring young artists. The program exposed teens to the principles of realist art through a classically-based curriculum. It offered high school students the hands on experience to anchor their drawing and painting skills in classical methodology as well as enhanced their portfolio preparations. Key faculty who will be taught this two-week course were: Ron Cheek, Founder of TAFA; Andrew Boatright, a gifted realistic painter who apprenticed under Ron; and Michael Planta, a student instructor who offered critiques to new students. (Special accommodations will be made by TAFA to prevent student exposure to nudity).

 

Anticipated outcomes:

  • Students will increase their knowledge of 19th and 20th century realistic artists and their work
  • Students will develop determination, rigor and skills required by realistic drawing and painting
  • Students will participate in an exhibit of their work at the end of the 2 week period, which includes an artist’s outcome statement, as relating to the process and impact of learning during the experience, and the creation of a plan to integrate the experience into their studies during their remaining years of high school
  • Students will participate in panel discussions during lunch hours, led by professional artists (topics will include: wealth creation in the real-world-profession of visual arts, opportunities for visual art focused studies beyond high school, practical and soft visual arts skills applicable in arts related job markets)
  • Students will increase their self-confidence and desire to pursue art education after graduating from high school

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$1,500 Grant from the Fifth Avenue Foundation

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $1,500 grant from the Fifth Avenue Foundation for
general operating support. The Fifth Avenue Foundation is known for providing grants to
organizations whose primary purpose is to support the arts.

 

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve
arts experiences in learning. IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational
programming, free of charge for over 65,000 students, grades Pre K-12 to students in Fort
Worth ISD. We serve a population of over 80% Economically Disadvantaged students
comprised of many diverse learners with varying needs and challenges.

 

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President says, “We are ecstatic about
partnering with the Fifth Avenue Foundation. Their generous vote of confidence will allow
IFW to strengthen our programs as a whole. Ultimately, we will be able to create more
opportunities to engage students and enhance the way they learn with arts integrated right
into curriculum.”

 

The Fifth Avenue Foundation was established in 1979 to give back to the arts in the local
community. Although the emphasis of their foundation is on the performing arts, the Fifth
Avenue Foundation supports many art subjects and groups pertaining to culture, education, philanthropy, and children and youth groups.

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and
minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. For more
information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit
imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.
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100 x 25 Initiative

Imagination Fort Worth is ecstatic to announce it’s participation in helping Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) work towards their new 100 x 25 Initiative– 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders on grade level by 2025.

To kick off the event, city, business, and education leaders gathered in the auditorium of Oakhurst Elementary School to discuss the program that aims to put an increased focus on literacy for students in FWISD. Spearheading the initiative are Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, FWISD Superintendent Kent Scribner and BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose.

“There’s momentum in Fort Worth,” Price said. “We recognize that. It’s long overdue that we provide real support with teeth in it.”

 

The first year of the program will be spent analyzing the existing school prgrams to see what’s working and what’s not, Rose said. Other plans include creating common pre-kindergarten enrollment period, as well as lauching an online portal to make school literacy data open to the public…

 

Read more of this article by the Fort Worth Magazine here.

 

Imagination Fort Worth has been working with similar intentions for the past two years with our Storybook PAL program. Also known as, SB PAL, Storybook Partners in Arts & Literacy is a program that targets literacy, language acquisition, and school readiness through the arts. By providing a 9 month recurring and in-depth literature-based learning experience that layers the core curriculum with arts integrated educational activities, we are paving the way for success in school.

 

Along with the Fort Worth Independent School District, we hope that you will join us in increasing literacy for our children, the future of our society. September 14th is North Texas Giving Day, your donation, no matter the size, will get us one step closer to making literacy possible for every student. Please bookmark the following link to easily access our NTX Giving Day donation page: https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/imagination-fort-worth

 

Furthering Arts-Integrated Programming

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $5,000 grant from the Mary Potishman Lard Trust for general operating support.

 

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve arts experiences in learning. IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational programming, free of charge for over 65,000 students, grades Pre K-12 to students in Fort Worth ISD. We serve a population of over 80% Economically Disadvantaged students comprised of many diverse learners with varying needs and challenges.

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President says, “We couldn’t be more appreciative for the support we have received from the Mary Potishman Lard Trust. Their gracious vote of confidence will allow IFW to strengthen our programs as a whole.”

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. For more information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.

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Two is Better than One

Double Support Grants Awarded to Increase Arts-Integrated Learning for Area Students

 

Imagination Fort Worth has received two grants from the Arts Council of Fort Worth totaling $32,453. The Arts Council of Fort Worth awarded $18,000 for general operating support and $14,453 for Neighborhood Art Program (NAP) support. The Arts Council was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership that would stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout our community. Today’s Arts Council serves and responds to the needs of local artists, arts organizations and residents through diverse channels, each with a significant impact on the quality of life in Fort Worth. Grant programs such as NAP bring the performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts into traditionally underserved communities of Fort Worth by providing financial assistance for the cost of a single, defined program. NAP is offered as in-school, after school or summertime programs.

Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) was founded in 1989 in Fort Worth to increase and improve arts experiences in learning. IFW produces and presents arts-integrated educational programming, free of charge, for over 65,000 students, grades Pre-K through 12th, in Fort Worth ISD. We serve a population of over 80% Economically Disadvantaged students, comprised of many diverse learners with varying needs and challenges.

 

Josh Carrizales, the Imagination Fort Worth Board President, says, “The Arts Council of Fort Worth has bestowed IFW with a generous vote of confidence. Ultimately, it will allow us to educate more students everyday in the Fort Worth and surrounding areas, thus expanding our reach and mission. We are committed to uniting arts and minds in Fort Worth and across Texas by partnering with local and surrounding schools to create curriculum and develop field trips and in-school programs that target specific educational needs, as well as with local arts and cultural institutions to introduce students to a diversity of mind-opening experiences. Grants, such as those from the Arts Council, ensure we live up to our mission and exceed our goals as a non-profit.”

 

Imagination Fort Worth is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to help unite arts and minds, whether that is through donating, volunteering or becoming a sponsor. For more information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit imaginationfortworth.org or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.

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