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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Imagination Fort Worth Welcomes Fashion Designer Justin LeBlanc

Imagination Texas A Special Weekend Celebrating the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing Program

 

Imagination Fort Worth is excited to announce the appearance of Justin LeBlanc, a fashion designer who is Deaf, at this year’s Imagination Texas, A Special Weekend Celebrating the Deaf and Hard of Hearing event. His presence is sure to inspire students’ desire for pursuing dreams, no matter their personal struggles, just as LeBlanc has.

 

The Imagination Texas Special Weekend Celebrating the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program encompasses the diversity of the world of art. This program began when an eager Deaf Education teacher named Dianne Fisher endeavored to find funding to bring the National Theatre for the Deaf’s performance of Treasure Island to her students in Fort Worth. What began as a single performance turned into a weekend of fine arts workshops, a dance, and the bringing together of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all over the state of Texas. This year we are pleased to have painters, drummers, dancers, cartoonists, photographers, storytellers, and known actors that represent a few of the art forms that will be presented during the weekend.

 

Although Justin LeBlanc was born Deaf, he has not let it trifle his artistic expression. He says, “Humans perceive signals from their environment through their five senses. The responses of the senses are integrated into a holistic perception of the world. Removal of one of these senses forces rearrangement of the others. The result is a new, altered perception of space and time. Throughout my life, I’ve lived in an altered state of mind. I was born Deaf and have relied throughout my life on artificial means to provide some semblance of sound. The lack of natural hearing heightened my other senses resulting in a perception of the world that differs from that of a hearing person. I sense the world and all of its wonders through sight, touch, scent, and taste, but sound is often a distraction. This notion inspired the idea and direction of my own work and my artistic explorations. Through my work, I hope to explore my personal struggles as a Deaf man and also, to transport others into an environment that provides them a new found sensory experience.” Read more about Justin LeBlanc on his website at: http://www.jleblancdesign.com/new-page/

 

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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Exceptional Entertainment in 60 Seconds

Imagination Fort Worth Presents the 2nd Annual Imagination 60 Special Event
May 7th, 2017 at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

 

Imagination Fort Worth, a local non-profit providing innovative educational arts programs to thousands of Fort Worth students since 1989, presents Imagination 60, at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. This exceptional Arts Event/Fundraiser will feature live performances by 30 + different performers, each demonstrating their special skills, talents and craft in just 60 seconds.

 

Lauri Bevan, Executive Director of Imagination Fort Worth says, “This fast-paced showcase will offer a unique evening of the unexpected, as Fort Worth’s finest performers, visual artists, dancers, singers, musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and community leaders take to the stage.”

 

Imagine a drummer pounding out an exhilarating beat, an opera singer singing multiple arias in rapid succession, a community leader cracking a Cowtown whip, or reciting an evocative monologue with an unexpected message, an exotic belly dancer spinning in hypnotic rhythmic circles, an actor attempting to remove 60 shirts in 60 seconds, a magician presenting a shocking optical illusion, or a comedian igniting uncontrollable laughter… Who are these talented individuals? To find out – Come and see these unique performers onstage at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge.

 

More details about the event: The event starts at 5 PM on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104; performances begin at 6 PM. Tickets are $40.00 each and go on sale March 1, 2017; advanced purchase is encouraged as seating is limited. Adding to the fun will be a raffle of items from local merchants, benefitting Imagination Fort Worth. The Live Oak will offer food and drink specials for the evening. The emcee for the evening will be Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Honorary Committee Co-Chair is artist, Nancy Lamb. Imagination 60 is generously sponsored by: DuBose Family Foundation, Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, Ellison and Edward Lasater Charitable Fund. To purchase tickets, please visit: imaginationfortworth.org/i60-2017.

 

Imagination Fort Worth, in operation for over 27 years, is an independent, non-profit organization supported by generous gifts from organizations including The City of Fort Worth, The Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Education Agency, The Arts Council of Fort Worth and the Arts Council Northwest as well as numerous private foundations, corporations and individuals. IFW partners with local schools and local arts and cultural institutions to develop field trips and in-school programs, designed to introduce students to a diversity of mind-opening experiences. “Our mission is to create and provide innovative educational programming for students by integrating arts with curriculum.” 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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Texas Academy of Figurative Art

Imagination Fort Worth is forging a partnership with Texas Academy of Figurative Art by offering a 2 week Summer Academy for serious high school art students. The program offers students of visual arts the singular opportunity to delve into the rigor of classical realist painting and drawing, which has been largely removed from high school art curriculum, leaving a significant gap in artist competency.

 

Overview:

TAFA (located at 415 South Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104) provides visual art education for artists working to improve their artistic skills and knowledge in the classical realist tradition. The Teen Academy is a unique opportunity to introduce high school age students to observational based drawing and painting in the classical tradition. TAFA is the only fine art academy in Texas that is devoted exclusively to teaching realist drawing and painting. In its core program, TAFA provides a four-year curriculum and instructional experience for contemporary artists seeking to connect with a foundational and historical approach to fine art education, teaching Old Master methods alongside a contemporary academic approach. The Teen Workshop is a rare offering in classical drawing and painting for teens that is matchless in North Texas.

 

If you are having trouble viewing the video above, please visit the TAFA Facebook page by following the link below to see the previous teen workshop:

https://www.facebook.com/TAFAstudio/videos/vb.170822212958028/1303445033029068/?type=2&theater

 

About the Summer Academy for Teens:

The Texas Academy of Figurative Art and IFW Summer Academy (July 10-21, 2017) is a two-week (60 hour) intensive art program that has great appeal to aspiring young artists. The program exposes teens to the principles of realist art through a classically-based curriculum. It offers high school students the hands on experience to anchor their drawing and painting skills in classical methodology as well as enhances their portfolio preparations. Key faculty who will be teaching this two-week course are: Ron Cheek, Founder of TAFA; Andrew Boatright, a gifted realistic painter who apprenticed under Ron; and Michael Planta, a student instructor who offers critiques to new students. (Special accommodations will be made by TAFA to prevent student exposure to nudity).

 

This unique program is available to:

  •  12 carefully selected High School Students
  • Incoming Juniors and Seniors
  • Students who would not otherwise be able to afford the opportunity

Application requirements:

  • A simple written application
  • 3 digital images of student’s artwork
  • Submission of student video interview
  • A teacher recommendation
  • Student agreement to attend all sessions
  • A parental agreement
  • Submitted by March 31, 2017

Provided by Imagination Fort Worth:

  • $2000.00 Academy fee
  • Art supply kit
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Transportation if necessary

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        

Click here to download the application
 
PLEASE CONTACT THE IMAGINATION FORT WORTH OFFICE WITH FURTHER QUESTIONS

817-870-1141, lbevan@icfw.org , shyman@icfw.org

      

 

 

Funding Education with a Goal to Create a Lifetime Filled with Learning

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $5,000 grant from the Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust for general operating support. The Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust has always supported organizations focused on arts, both performing and nonperforming, and 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, “To be awarded a grant from the Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust, shows our staff & schools, whom we support, that our programming can make a difference. Their vote of confidence in our programming 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 Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust was founded by Helen Sparks. Helen was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but went to college in the East. After graduation she returned to Fort Worth where she worked with the Fort Worth Little Theater. A cultured woman, she was interested in local artists and supported them by commissioning works. She also enjoyed literature and needlepoint. The Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust made its first distributions in 1971.

 

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.

 

Contributing to Increase the Love of Learning with Arts-Integrated Programming

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $10,000 grant from the Edith Winther Grace Trust for general operating support. The Edith Winther Grace Trust has always aimed to increase the quality of education, arts, and culture for students in area schools.

 

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 confidence the Edith Winther Grace Trust has bestowed upon IFW is more appreciated than they will ever know. Their generous contribution and confidence in our programming 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.”

 

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.

 

My Sweet Charity Feature for North Texas Giving Day

We had the honor of appearing on My Sweet Charity’s blog on September 21, 2016, a day before North Texas Giving Day. We couldn’t have been more honored to be presented to all of the readers of their blog, thank you My Sweet Charity.

From the article:

“IFW produces and presents arts integrated educational programming, mostly free of charge, for over 65,000 students, grades Pre K-12 each year. Our programs utilize professional artists, cutting edge technology and research that ties our experiences back into the student’s classroom curriculum.”

Read the full post here.

A Performance For Everyone

Two Fort Worth Non-Profits Team Up To Present A Standard & Sensory Friendly Play.

 

Imagination Fort Worth and Fort Worth Community Arts Center have teamed up to present a play by the Dallas Children’s Theater National Touring Company: John Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters– An African Tale. This play will be offered in two versions, a standard performance and a specially adapted performance for the enjoyment of those with sensory needs. With the mission of inspiring young people to creative and productive lives through the art of the theater, Dallas Children’s Theater is now proud to be able to create a positive, fun atmosphere for families with sensory friendly needs. A child with autism or some other sensory challenge who loves theater and the arts will be excited about this new program at DCT and, hopefully, with the transformational experience of theater, will be inspired to creatively contribute to the world and their community in their own way. Adaptations include: leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance, reducing the sound level, and offering a “Quiet Room” for children who need a break. Audience members also have the ability to speak and move about as needed.

 

For more information about Sensory friendly plays, visit Dallas Children’s Theater website:
www.dct.org (Under brightly-colored heading marked “Our Plays” click on ‘sensory friendly’)

 

A little about the play: the beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale is about an African villager named Mufaro, who has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. The play celebrates goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. It is based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

 

All performances will be held at the W.E. Scott Theatre on September 16th and 17th. The two standard performances will be offered on September 16th at 7:00 PM and September 17th at 1:30 PM. A sensory friendly performance will be offered on Saturday the 17th at 4:30 PM. To purchase tickets, please visit: icfw.org/mufaro and click on the red button.

 

This program is generously sponsored by:

Roundup For Autism: RoundUpForAutism.org

Dallas Children’s Theater: DCT.org

Arts Council of Fort Worth: ArtsFortWorth.org

Texas Commission on the Arts: Arts.Texas.gov

 

For more specific information about the play and/or the organizations:

Dallas Children’s Theater: dct.org

Imagination Fort Worth: imaginationfortworth.org

Fort Worth Community Arts Center and the Scott Theater:  fwcac.org

 

Imagination Texas 2016

What a great weekend! As Imagination Texas has ended, the memory of it is still alive as ever! With great performers, students, and activities the weekend couldn’t have gone any better. We want to thank everyone who attended, performed, and made the event what it was; without any of you it wouldn’t have been possible!

 

For those who couldn’t attend or those who want to relive some of the great fun, take a look at the wonderful compilation of student artwork created at Imagination Texas 2016 below!

Watch the Video