Friday, November 18, 2011

Excellence in Arts Scholarship - APStrategies

The O’Donnell Foundation is pleased to sponsor the annual Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship to recognize four outstanding high school seniors who have participated or are currently participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts and Music Theory Incentive Program™ in the following high schools: Berkner, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Coppell, Creekview, Lake Highlands, Lovejoy, McKinney Boyd, Newman Smith, Pearce, Plano East Senior, Plano Senior High, Plano West Senior High, and Richardson.

Each scholarship awarded will be in an amount up to $20,000 to be paid in four annual increments subject to renewal criteria.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to these exemplary seniors, to attend and graduate from the colleges of their choice in four years. It is also hoped that the scholarship will encourage other promising AP arts and music theory students to pursue excellence academically, personally and professionally.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. The applicant must be a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen.

2. The applicant must be a full time high school senior enrolled in or received credit for, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program. These courses may include one or more of the following: AP Drawing Portfolio, AP 2D Design Portfolio, AP 3D Design Portfolio, AP Art History, or AP Music Theory.

3. The applicant must maintain or have maintained a 90 or higher average in, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program.

4. The applicant must have completed a minimum of four additional AP classes.

5. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.6 or above and a minimum SAT of 1900 or ACT of 25.

6. The applicant must not have already received a full scholarship to the school they plan to attend. Those applicants who have a full scholarship to the school they wish to attend are ineligible for this scholarship.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted to the Donor Services Department of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) postmarked no later than Friday, February 3, 2012. Detailed application instructions are listed on page 3. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Applications should arrive in one comprehensive packet with all required materials included.

Excellence in AP® Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship is available for downloading from the Communities Foundation of Texas Website at

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Registration for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
is now open! REGISTER NOW!

A Nationally recognized competition open to all high school students. Submission by online portfolio. A great opportunity check it out.

About the Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

To date, the Awards have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.
What You Can Win

Students who win at the regional level are celebrated at local ceremonies and have their work showcased in exhibitions, publications and at public readings. National Medalists are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City.
Regional Awards

* Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
* Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
* Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
* American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the "Best of Show" for each region.

National Awards

* Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
* Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
* American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.

Teen Advisory Committee at Nasher

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Make Art for a Good Cause!

My name is Sarah Buckmeier, I am the Special Events Intern for alley's house this fall. alley's house is a wonderful non-profit in Dallas that empowers teen mothers and their children to become independent through support services that we provide for them. We are having our 8th Annual Art Auction fundraiser at Rising Galley on February 4, 2012.

We are currently recruiting artists to participate in our Art Auction. We provide the artist with a 24"x24" canvas that will be auctioned off as silent auction art piece. Each piece is priced with the starting bid at $150. This year alley's house is sharing the proceeds generated by the art piece with the artists 50/50.

Canvases will be available for pick up now through October 28th, 2011 at alley's house located at 4133 Junius Street, Dallas, TX 75246. All art work is to be completed and delivered back to alley’s house on or before Friday January 6th, 2012

I have attached complete details about alley's house 8th Annual Art Auction to this e-mail along with an artist participation form. I know you have many young and talented students and we would love to give them the opportunity to participate in this Art Auction. Please have the students fill out and e-mail me the artist participation form at if they are interested in participating. Please e-mail me if you have any additional questions.
Thank you so much for your support of alley’s house over the past several years and welcome to all the new artists! We are still recruiting artists now for our 8th Annual Art Auction, Incrementum II, Saturday February 4th 2012.

You will be given a 24” x 24” canvas for silent auction inspired by your interpretation of “growth.” The 10 36x48 canvases that will be live auctioned have already been reserved. All canvases are provided to the artists by alley’s house.

Silent auction art works will start with a base bid of $150, however anyone can choose to buy it now for $300. Live auction art works will start bids at 30% of their retail value. alley’s house will split the proceeds from your artwork 50/50 and you will receive free admission the night of the event.

The canvases have been donated and will be available for pick up now through October 28th, 2011 at alley’s house located at 4113 Junius Street, Dallas, TX 75246. All artwork is to be completed and delivered back to alley’s house on or before Friday January 6th, 2012. Please be sure the name of the piece and your name are on the back of the canvas before delivery.

Listed below is all the specific information about the event. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached participation form and email it back to me before you pick up your canvas. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know via email or call at 214.824.8700.

Event Details:

What: alley’s house 8th Annual Art Auction, INCREMENTUM II

When: Saturday, February 4th, 2012 from 7-11 pm

Who: An alley’s house event in collaboration with Rising Gallery and FGIII Art.

Where: Rising Gallery

800 Jackson Street

Dallas, TX 75202

Event: Artists will each create one 24” x 24” art piece for silent auction or one 36” x 48” for live auction. All canvases will be provided to the artists by alley’s house. Silent auction art works will start with a base bid of $150; with a “Buy Now!” price of $300. Live auction art works will start bids at 30% of their retail value.


“Incrementum” is Latin for growth. alley’s house teaches young mothers the importance of growth and expanding beyond their reach. All artists should create a piece of art inspired by their own interpretation of “growth.”

Net proceeds will benefit alley’s house, a non-profit organization whose mission is “Empowering teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring.”

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mark Bradford at the Dallas Museum of Art

Students from the Visual Arts cluster will have the unique opportunity to meet and dialogue with artist Mark Bradford at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday October 14 from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bradford's retrospective will open at the DMA on Sunday October 16.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day is Sunday October 9, 2011 at the Loew's Anatole Hotel located on Stemmons Expressway at Market Center Drive. The event will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. There is a financial aid workshop prior to the event. All visual arts seniors and juniors are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2012 Senior Portfolio Blogs

The 2012 Visual Arts Seniors have been hard at work in GT Mentor II building portfolio blogs. Their links have been added to our list - check them out!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Activity for Interested Students:

Dallas Art Dealers Association is seeking high school and community college students to be docents for its upcoming Fall Gallery Walk on Sept. 24. This is a great opportunity for students to meet gallery professionals, to work on public speaking skills, and to learn about the business of art as well as about artists.

Orientation for the DADA Docents program is Saturday, Sept. 10 10 a.m.-noon at The MAC, 3120 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas. Molly Kysar, formerly in charge of docent training for the Dallas Museum of Art, is volunteering to train the students. DADA Docents will chose from the participating DADA members and work on Saturday, Sept. 24 at a time to be determined by the DADA members. They will be expected to dress business casual, be on time, be courteous and respectful and to share their enthusiasm and expertise regarding the art on the walls of their chosen gallery.

A pre and post survey will be given to the students for DADA’s Edith Baker Artist Career Development programming.

All high school and community college students are invited, no geographic or age restrictions. Please contact Lisa Taylor, Executive Director of DADA at or 214-914-1099.
Lisa Taylor

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Welcome Back! All School Collaborative

Welcome to the 2011-2011 Booker T. Washington Visual Arts Blog. Keep up with news from the Visual Arts Department, Artist/Volunteer Opportunities, and other news. As the new year begins, seniors in the GT Mentorship class will be building and maintaining portfolio blogs that will be linked to this site.

On Tuesday August 30 there will be a meeting at 8:15 in room 172 - Ms. Chambliss' room - for ANY Visual Art student interested in participating with the All School Collaborative that will be performed on September 22 and 23. Visual Artists will be creating work for a memorial scene, some visual artists will actually be on stage, and potentially we will be helping in the poster and playbill production. If unable to attend at that particular time, please stop by and talk to Ms. Chambliss