Guest blogger Sarah Jane Semrad is executive director of La Reunion TX.
The third annual Art Chicas Unidas work day was this past Saturday at the La Reunion TX forest. The reception for this program will be Saturday, from 2-4 p.m. Please RSVP by e-mailing me ([email protected]) or for directions and more info. Four adult artists – Erica Felicella, Kael Alford, Emily Stewart and Nicole Cullum Horn – were assigned a team of apprentices from area organizations that work with high school girls, including Girl Scouts of NorthEast Texas, Pegasus Charter School, Buckner and Deaf Action Center of Texas. They spent the day working together on a large scale, site specific installation in the woods.
The great thing about this program is the implementation of the mentor-apprentice relationship. Each of the four jury-selected artists would not have been able to manifest her installation without the crew we provided. They come up with the idea. LRTX produces a stipend, the work crew, lunch and supplies. Art Chicas is an ever evolving program and we hope to expand it in the future.
Many public thanks to volunteers Cone Johnson, Lara Becker, Josh Winegardner, Rebel Calhoun, Tonya Conovaloff, Scott Horn and Nicole Stutzman. Thanks to Deaf Action Center’s Angela Fisher, Tracey Michol, and Laura Mortimer for providing our interpreter.Thanks to Darren Steptoe for videotaping and Dallas Morning News reporter Roy Appleton for stopping by as well as Lollie Tompkins of Booker T. Washington High School. Thanks to Diane Sikes for all the great historical education about the mentor-apprentice relationship. Thank you to City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for support in funding and our Mentor Madres – a very special group of professional women that financially support the program.