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

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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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

 

PBS – Struggling Schools Benefit

“At ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools. Jeffrey Brown reports. “

A Generous Supporter For Students in Fort Worth, Texas

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $50,000 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 vote of confidence will allow IFW to deepen our programs as a whole, by providing more opportunities to engage students in programs that enhance learning with arts integrated right into curriculum.”

 

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 our Get Involved page or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.

 

 

Bridging the Gap in Culture, Language, and Literacy

Imagination Fort Worth has received a $15,000 grant from the Amon Carter Foundation to

fund the Storybook PAL program; a program that addresses the needs of bilingual Pre-K/K

students by an in-depth literature-based programming in participating schools that layers the

core Pre-K/K curriculum with arts integrated educational experiences, provides a bridge

between cultures, and impacts language acquisition, literacy and school readiness through

the arts.

 

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 Amon Carter Foundation. Their generous vote of confidence will allow IFW

to deepen Story Book Pal during its second year, by providing more opportunities to engage

with parents and their children, in support of their efforts to integrate arts based learning

into the family schedule.”

 

Amon G. Carter Foundation is a Texas non-profit corporation established in 1945 by Amon G.

Carter and Nenetta Burton Carter. The Foundation plays a significant role in most major

local projects. However, for every large gift there are scores of smaller grants. The Directors

of the Foundation recognize that quality of life is improved through a variety of organizations

and interests. Grants support work in the fields of art and culture, civic and public affairs,

education, health, and human services.

 

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

our Get Involved page or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.

What are we fighting for?

Imagination Fort Worth dedicates itself to bringing art into core curriculum to enhance learning experiences and encourage students to be imaginative. With art integration, education becomes interactive and fun, thus generating students who are not only ready and willing to learn, but also excited about it. But, just don’t take our words for it; check out the video below to hear from some of the great artists around the Fort Worth area on why art is important to children.

ART EDUCATION from kidz in motion on Vimeo.

An Art Integrated Education backed by Science

The New York Times has published yet another great article that directly relates to Imagination Fort Worth’s Mission. “The Power of Paint” is one not to take lightly. What is going on at Barton Elementary truly is amazing in itself. Students, who normally would not get a chance to experience arts integrated into lesson plans, are getting exactly that thanks to Park West Gallery and Turnaround Arts.

 

With the help of artists nationwide, students are painting self-portraits, performing theater arts, and taking lessons in additional performing arts such as dance.

“Early exposure to the arts, like the kids at Barton are receiving, can be a catalyst for years of creative thinking to follow. Successful artists often point to early exposure to art as the reason they were inspired to pursue their careers…We also know that, in addition to academic achievement, that the arts — music, drama, narratives and graphic arts — are associated with building other skills and abilities such as personal identity, positive self-esteem, life satisfaction and giving kids a sense of meaning and purpose.”

 

Get inspired and take a look the wonderful portraits the talented kids of Barton Elementary created…

Read the full article.

 

 

Gearing Up for North Texas Giving Day!

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Mark your calendars, because yesterday kicked off the 100 day countdown to North Texas Giving Day! With the date announced, September 22, 2016, it is time for us to spread the message of our campaign and goals for this years Giving Day. Last year, we raised over $5,165 which equaled out to about 18 buses loaded with children for our programs. We feel that #LoadTheBus is the best way we can use our funds from Giving Day and what better way to use it than seeing joy spread across a child’s face when they realize learning can be fun and creative. For just $6 a student, $360 per bus load, you can help us fill buses with children eager to learn and inspire their imaginations with the combination of education and the arts.

 

If you are feeling a little extra generous, North Texas Giving day also offers bonus funds to non-profits which are defined as the following: “Donations $25 to $50,000 will be multiplied by $2.5 million in bonus funds and prizes. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on North Texas Giving Day receives a portion of the bonus funds, which increases the value of every dollar donated. The bonus percentage for 2016 will be determined on September 23 (the day after the event.)” Although, Bonus funds are NOT a “dollar-for-dollar match”, every bit helps and get us closer to fulfilling the goal of #LoadTheBus.

 

For those of you who do not yet know who/what North Texas Giving Day is…
North Texas Giving Day is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, a 63-year-old community foundation that has powered North Texas Giving Day since 2009. As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, CFT works to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

 

Remember, all it takes is $6 a student to enrich their learning process and ultimately lives, please share and remember to visit North Texas Giving Day’s website on September 22 to donate to Imagination Fort Worth’s #LoadTheBus campaign.

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Creating Exceptional Learning Opportunities

Over the past 25 years, more than five million students have participated in our programs—programs that combine the creative thrill of the arts with the critical educational goals outlined by local and state guidelines. Through art, dance, music, and theater, students engage with history, science, math, and language in ways that enhance learning and awaken creativity. However, Imagination Fort Worth is more than just an organization designed to integrate arts into curriculum at schools, our programs make students light up with joy and amazement, and that is only the beginning.

 

Lindsey Burton, a Pre-K Teacher at M.G. Ellis, knows first hand how our programs directly effect the learning of students, “They light up, they are so excited. They are engaged the entire time, which helps their learning process.”

 

For more information and to see how students light up when arts is integrated into curriculum, click the button below, it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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