Imagination Celebration of Fort Worth has been a partner and a friend to FWISD since 1989, providing exceptional field trip and in-school programs for teachers and students. Over the past 28 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.
Elementary School Programs
Kindergarten: Welcome Back to the Fort: A Study of Community (with a literacy piece)
Join the excitement and celebrate with some of the important people from around the Fort, as they prepare for a surprise birthday party for Major Ripley Arnold on January 17, 1850! The celebration at Fort Worth’s Historic Masonic Lodge Temple encourages students to use their imaginations as they experience a rich living history that centers on the roots of our local community. Participants will create period hats to wear to the program – a prairie bonnet, a coonskin cap or a military hat – to demonstrate learning. Participants will also bring Major Ripley Arnold birthday cards to celebrate, as with the introduction of the postage stamp in the 1840’s, greeting cards were becoming a common form of communication at that time. IFW has also created a bi-lingual book, Welcome Back to the Fort,
for this program that will be provided to all students attending, highlighting vocabulary from life at The Fort.
Kindergarten: Eco-Art – “Creating Connections: Art from Nature” (with a literacy piece)
While making connections with nature before and after the program with the book We’re Going on a Nature Hunt provided by Imagination Fort Worth, students will take part in an actual nature hunt at YMCA’s beautiful Camp Carter. Collecting found nature elements along their nature hunt, students will then turn these objects into their own special creations of wonderful ecological art. Students will be able to use vocabulary words to identify items found in nature to demonstrate learning.
1st Grade: Cowboy Bill Pickett, the Longhorn Herd & the Texas Trail of Fame (with a literacy piece)
Step back in time to the era of the old west as students tour the Cowtown Coliseum and hear about the rich history of the time. While making connections before and after the program with the book Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy provided to each classroom attending by Imagination Fort Worth, students will learn about the legendary, real-life cowboy of color immortalized with a statue in front of the Cowtown Coliseum. They will tour the Bill Pickett exhibit and visit Sancho the Longhorn, originator of the Fort Worth Longhorn Herd, followed by rope tricks in the arena. They will learn about the seven events in a rodeo and how important the coliseum has been to Fort Worth. The trip culminates with students watching the Longhorn cattle drive before visiting the Bill Pickett statue and learning about cowboys of color. Participants will create their own western decorated bandana to demonstrate learning.
1st - 2nd Grade: Sid Richardson Museum– Explore the Legacy of the American West (with a literacy piece)
Explore the Wild West through art and literature! Take students on an adventure that reflects the art and reality of the American West through artists like Russell and Remington at the Sid Richardson Museum, while making connections before and after the program with a book related to the theme provided by Imagination Fort Worth. 1st grade classrooms will receive Lexie the Word Wrangler and 2nd grade classrooms will receive Armadillo Rodeo in both English and Spanish. While at the museum, students will also receive hands on experience through an art making activity. Participants will create their own illustrated western story to demonstrate learning.
3rd - 5th Grade: Sid Richardson Museum– Explore the Legacy of the American West
Explore the Wild West through art! Take students on an adventure that reflects the art and reality of the American West through artists like Russell and Remington at the Sid Richardson Museum. While there, students will also receive hands on experience through an art making activity. Participants will create their own illustrated western story to demonstrate learning.
3rd Grade: Money, Goods, and Services: A Study of Commerce
Learn the history and wonder of the U.S. currency in one of the largest currency printing operations in the world. Along with a trip to the facility, students study the enriching American entrepreneurial spirit and recount the history of early commerce in our country. Participants will create their own personal currency to demonstrate learning
4th Grade: The Life of a Pioneer Girl at Log Cabin Village (with a literacy piece)
Take your students back in time! At Log Cabin Village students will learn about pioneer living with an expressly created program that ties to a book that journals the experiences of a pioneer child’s daily life – Diary of Sarah Gillespie: A Pioneer Farm Girl
. Imagination Fort Worth will provide each teacher with the book to read in class before attending the program. With this program, students will learn how families lived on the Texas Frontier through exciting living history lessons. Participants will create their own journals of daily life during a period of time of their choosing to demonstrate learning.
5th Grade: The Life of a Pioneer Girl at Log Cabin Village (with a literacy piece)
Take your students back in time! At Log Cabin Village students will learn about pioneer living with an expressly created program that ties to a book that journals the experiences of a pioneer child’s daily life – Diary of Sarah Gillespie: A Pioneer Farm Girl. Imagination Fort Worth will provide each teacher with the book to read in class before attending the program. With this program, students will learn how families lived on the Texas Frontier through exciting living history lessons. Participants will create their own journals of daily life during a period of time of their choosing to demonstrate learning.
These holiday programs, while not a part of our Imagination Fort Worth original program offerings, will be offered this year as a courtesy to those who love to attend these community treasures each year. However, IFW will only be providing the transportation and scheduling of buses for these programs. We will not be participating or coordinating on-site for these experiences. I will email you with contact information for these programs if you are confirmed. Space is limited.
1st - 5th Grade: Ballet Frontier – The Nutcracker, Act II
Music, dance, and culture are tied together in one experience, offering students an opportunity to see a professional ballet, primarily featuring youth dancers. This show will be an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (Act II), created especially for younger audiences. Students will be able to appreciate classical music as well as the world cultures featured in this ballet.
1st - 5th Grade: Ballet Concerto– Holiday Special
: Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth performers will frolic in the snow as they present a holiday-themed ballet and tap dance showcase. Students will experience the artistry of dance with this special presentation, complete with classic carols, shepherds and angels, an appearance by the Christmas Grump and concluding with a dramatic re-enactment of the Nativity.
Middle School Programs
Trinity River Project: A Water, Land & History Field Investigation Day
L: Learning the basics of water quality and the components of healthy aquatic ecosystems, students will rotate through five stations on the banks of the Trinity River for a hands-on field investigation day:
- Students will use a rainfall simulator to increase their understanding of riparian areas, ground water and run off water.
- Students will collect and identify macro-invertebrates to determine water quality, based on the organisms found.
- Students will determine water quality through testing the river’s pH, dissolved oxygen and ammonia levels.
- Students will experience the Tarrant Regional Water District Stream Trailer, for hands-on experimentation of how streams flow, exploring the balance between erosion and deposition and learning about the natural processes of erosion and flooding.
- Students will visit the Ripley Allen Arnold statue and learn how Fort Worth was founded on that site in the 1850’s because of the bluff, the river and its resources through interactive storytelling and song, OR create watercolor paintings of the macroinvertebrates they might catch around the river.
From Cowboy to Doughboy: North Texas in World War 1
In honor of the Centennial Commemoration of World War I, we will be presenting a program at the Fort Worth Library for the exhibition From Cowboy to Doughboy – North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for “The Great War.” Students will experience an interactive tour through the exhibition 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, 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.
The Life and Death of a Texas Bobwhite Quail (with a literacy piece)
An experiential learning opportunity at Bear Creek Ranch, a working Texas ranch that is the natural habitat for Bobwhite quail that practices sustainable ranch practices for land and water conservation, one of four ranches operated by the Dixon Water Foundation (DWF). Students will get to see live male and female quail, as well as perform a quail necropsy. They will also emulate the daily life of a quail…exploring its habitat, hunting for food, trying to avoid predators and living in a nest. Students will then perform a Quail CSI – investigating multiple clues to determine what or who destroyed the bobwhite quail’s nest. And finally, applying what students learned about adaptation and predation during their visit to Bear Creek Ranch, students will create their own unique species of bird, based on chosen adaptations and biome. Imagination Fort Worth will provide a book for each school attending – Bird Brains: The Wild & Wacky World of Birds – starting students on the process of learning about the plethora of adaptations in the world of birds.
Kimbell Museum - Future Maker’s Series
Students will split into groups and engage with architectural concepts through a variety of hands-on, facilitated in-gallery experiences supported by Kimbell staff and docents. We will explore the Kahn Building through collaborative word games and building challenges focusing on materials, proportion, function, and teamwork. We will encourage groups of students to navigate the galleries to determine space, proportion, and function. Students will collaborate to plan and construct their own meaningful objects/spaces with unconventional objects based on the concepts discussed in the galleries. This program was redesigned with a strong emphasis on teamwork, critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving.
Writing to Look
This on-going program will be facilitated in conjunction with the FWISD Art Department. Please contact Beverly Fletcher’s office for more information on visiting area museums.
Middle & High School Programs
Sid Richardson Museum: Explore the West through Legacy
Middle and high school students will receive a stunning view of a rapidly disappearing western frontier. The current exhibit, Legacy, presents themes that occupied Russell, Remington and their contemporaries throughout their careers – interaction among diverse peoples, featuring images of cowboys, soldiers, explorers and Indigenous Americans. The experience includes a tour in the gallery and an art making activity in our art studio, with options to choose from.
High School Programs
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe
Students will participate in an interactive docent-guided tour through the Kimbell Museum’s Casanova: The Seduction of Europe exhibition, complete with multiple gallery activities. The exhibition, ranging from paintings to engravings, furniture, silver, clothing and ceramics, explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova. This will be followed by an art-making workshop in the education studios that is currently being created for this upcoming exhibition.
Photography in Flight
Students will get a brief introduction to the basics of photography when they arrive at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, followed by a brief tour of the museum by military veteran volunteers. Students will then break in to groups to begin taking photographs around the museum, including the Aviation Petting Zoo – retired military aircraft located on the museum grounds – with the guidance of amateur and professional photographers. The program will conclude with a photo contest, with groups submitting their top photos and judging to choose the top 3 photographs of the day. Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Neighborhood Public Art Tour
Students will be taken on a tour of a Fort Worth neighborhood to explore the rich culture, history and beauty represented by the public art found all around them, in places they might least expect. The tour will be docent guided to provide insight about the artists who created each work of art and their connection to Fort Worth and these neighborhoods.
Special programs will be available free of charge to schools in the fall and spring for grades Pre-K through 12th. Be sure to check that you are interested in these programs on your response form or contact Susie Hyman, Program Director, for more information and dates at email@example.com.
District-wide Pre-K Puppet Show
Students will experience olde world story-telling with the magic of the lost art of marionette puppetry in an enchanting production by Le Theatre de Marionette of a classic fairy tale. Le Theatre has been entertaining families for over 20 years, and will bring the fairytale to life through the wonder of marionettes. A bilingual storybook will be provided to every class to read with the students before and after the performance, so they can experience the story coming to life, compare and contrast the written and performed version of the story and learn vocabulary words from the story and performance.
Art of Robotics
The Art of Robotics is a STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) that enables students to design and build programmable robots to create works of art using motors, sensors, gears, wheels axles and other technical components. Students, working cooperatively in pairs, are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop their own robots that are able to use art utensils to create original works of art through a process of selecting, building, testing and evaluating. This is a multiple-session program that will take place at the Fort Worth Central Library.
Texas Academy of Figurative Arts Summer Program
This intensive 2 week workshop will be held Monday-Friday, July 10-21, 2017. The focus is on learning realist drawing and painting techniques, with an emphasis on direct observation. Accepted applicants are required to attend each day from 10-4pm (lunch and snacks will be provided). Students do not need extensive experience is this field. However, a strong drive for improving their skill level and a desire to learn is essential. Up to 12 student will be accepted and gifted this opportunity, via application process.
WWI Poster Design Contest
Students from high school art classes will create posters based on a theme from WWI – commemorating the centennial of the war and the local exhibition ”From Cowboy to Doughboy – North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for The Great War” at the Fort Worth Library. Inspired by the quote from Rickenbacker: “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence,” students will think about what they have learned about Rickenbacker, WWI and propaganda posters from our ImagineGuide and create a poster using images and text that will inform and inspire. Posters will be judged and displayed at the WWI exhibit currently showing at the Fort Worth Central Library.
Monnig Middle School Community Input Day
Incoming Monnig Middle School 6th grade students with experience a day of community through group activities as they transition to middle school. IFW will lead an arts-integrated workshop called Middle School Monsters, combining special effects make-up, singing, dancing, acting and music to emphasize how different groups with seemingly nothing in common can come together to form their own cohesive community.
District Wide Programs
This program is a celebration of creativity and imagination. An IFW program since 1988, thousands of young inventors participate each year. Involvement in the program heightens students’ awareness and concern about their environment and their future, as they utilize problem-solving skills to develop products that will make the world a better place. Winning inventions are displayed and student inventors are honored at a special reception in January. This program is open to all FWISD students Kindergarten through 7th grade. This year, IFW will honor two young inventors with the Imagination Fort Worth Art-Minded Scientist and Science-Minded Artist awards! These awards will include cash prizes, and will be awarded to the two inventions that best integrate the arts with science. Encourage your students to participate in this worthwhile and innovative program!
Crayola Dream Makers
: This program focuses on imagination and the visual arts as a core element of learning, creative development and critical thinking skills. This program is connected to integrated learning in the classroom in the arts, humanities, sciences and literacy. Students create art based on the annual theme and each student creates a “Dream Statement” expressing the story of their art. Each school selects “honorees” to participate in the citywide Dream-Makers exhibition and awards ceremony. A special reception and exhibition of student work is held in the spring of each year at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This program is open to all students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The FWISD art department will send detailed information to each school’s art teachers.
Imagination Texas– A Special Weekend Celebrating the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Initiated in 1990, this program brings more than 500 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, their teachers and support staff, from communities across Texas, to Fort Worth each year. Students experience two days of performances, workshops and events by visual and performing artists who are deaf and have achieved major recognition for their talent in a hearing world. This award-winning program is as important socially and culturally as it is academically. Students who aren’t normally around many others who are deaf in their everyday lives have a chance to meet other deaf students, form new and lasting friendships and interact with professional role models who want to encourage them to dream and achieve. This program is credited for connecting learning through the arts to students who rarely receive such experiences and expanding these students’ horizons and opening their minds to a world of possibilities never before imagined. This school year the program is slated for April 8th and 9th, 2016, to be held at the downtown campus of Tarrant County College. High School
Imagination 60 is a fundraiser for Imagination Fort Worth. Following a successful first and second run, our annual Imagination 60 will be presented in 2018. It is a riotously fun event with live entertainment from some of our best local talent, including performances by actors, dancers, singers, musicians, poets, comedians, civic leaders and other unique artists. Each performer has 60 seconds to perform, entertain, and make the most out of their 60 seconds of fame before the horn blows them off stage!
In-School Programs (Pending Funding)
In-school programs will be available free of charge to schools in the fall and spring . Be sure to check that you are interested in these in-school programs on your response form or contact Susie Hyman, Program Director, for more information and dates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-K: Storybook PAL (Partners in Arts and Literacy)
Pre-K children will experience the wonder of a book through music, song and movement activities. Each six-weeks, a new book will be presented by Mrs. Dipsworth, a delightful fairy godmother. Following the interactive reading of the story, an artist will engage the children to help them grasp the new vocabulary from the book and learn through an exciting new art form each six-weeks: song, dance, theater, drumming, visual art & puppets! Storybook PAL is integrated with curriculum, and teacher training is also provided, as an integral part of the program. Parent resources will also be provided, giving examples of ways for caregivers to engage with their children in fun activities, using everyday items found around the home.