The Spring Branch ISD Visual Arts program has earned the 2021-22 Texas Arts Education Association’s (TAEA) Visual Arts Award. It is one of only 40 school districts in Texas to be named a District of Distinction in Texas, out of more than 1,100 qualifying districts.
Qualifying programs met a rigorous list of 14 requirements, including exhibitions and contests, engagement in the visual arts through field trips (in person or virtual), community service, arts events promotion and social media, evidence of active art clubs, and collaboration with other content areas. This year’s award also considered accommodations made for hurdles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earth Day sidewalk chalk art at Northbrook Middle School
This recognition was made possible by the collaborative work of the 62 art teachers in Spring Branch ISD and the outstanding leaders who promote the arts in the district and community.
“This is a tremendous recognition for our school district,” Director of Performing and Fine Arts Houston Hayes said. “It is a true top-to-bottom measure of the quality of our visual arts program. Our teachers and students are outstanding, and it’s wonderful to see all of their efforts recognized. We could not be prouder!”
Programming documented for judging for the TAEA award of distinction included:
- Drive-through art show
- Art and Literacy Trail
- Students won local, regional and state art medals at Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), include eight Gold Seal awards (see more information here).
- Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event (JVASE) and Texas Elementary Art Event (TEAM)
- Student artwork selected for display in U.S. Capitol building
- Earth Day art projects
- Student artwork earned recognition in the Texas PTA’s Reflections 2021 contest
- Ten national gold and silver medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition
- Students’ participation in a virtual, international street painting festival, “Spaced Out,” -- a collaborative science and art project
- District art shows (virtual 20-21), field trips, community service projects and social media art presence
“I am so excited we have earned this award,” Visual Arts Coordinator Sally Doyle said. “The art teachers in Spring Branch ISD have worked so hard this last year to provide meaningful and thoughtful opportunities for the students to participate. Our art teachers are awesome!”