Making a Difference in our Community
Many thanks go out to the community of Spicewood and generous donors, who collectively made this a record year for funding our outreach programs. Over $18,000 was raised to fund our annual scholarship programs and school performances during our Art in the HeART of Texas Fundraiser this past year. In addition, this past year we had amazing education committee chairs whose efforts in our local high schools assisted in identifying the strongest group of scholarship applicants we’ve ever received; Julie Ward chairs outreach efforts at Lake Travis High School and Toby Kurtz chairs outreach efforts at Marble Falls High School. Thank you all for your continued support….we don’t merely award money, together we change lives!
Participation in the Lions Club 4th of July Parade
Our scholarship recipients ride in our decorated car, throwing out candy and participating in our local July 4th celebration. We host a tent serving cookies and announcing our Spicewood Live season. This is the first event where our scholarship recipients can actively give back to our community.
Spicewood Arts Festival
Spicewood Elementary School Choir Started Off our Arts Round Up at La Cabana
Marble Falls Middle School art was prominently displayed at last year’s Arts Round-Up
Spicewood Arts Funded “Grants 4 Great Ideas”
We donated $2,025 to the Marble Falls School District’s “Grants 4 Great Ideas” spring grant awards, to initiate “Harmonious Rhythms: Using Drumming to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning.”
Harmonious Rhythms came to life through the efforts of Jennifer Rose, the music teacher at Marble Falls Elementary and primary grant writer.
“Drumming sessions have been proven through peer-reviewed research to have positive effect on physical and mental health, as well as on social and emotional behaviors,” she said in the grant application. “Students in elementary grades (PK-5) will participate in 8-10 drumming sessions per semester. The desired result of these sessions will be to activate and reinforce social behaviors critical to social and emotional learning, including respect, communication, and cooperation, “ she said.
“Spicewood Arts has supported our area elementary school art programs for many years, usually with a musical performance or storytellers,” said Karen Noecker, SAS president.
“This is the first time we were able to make a difference that will last well beyond one day and impact the lives of our young students in a very meaningful way. Thanks to our wonderful donors who made this happen,” she said.
Our 2019 Scholarship Awards
One of the joys of the year is passing along the generous donations from everyone back into the neighborhood. For thirteen years we have been awarding scholarships to students at Lake Travis and Marble Falls High Schools who want to earn degrees in the arts. Their interests have ranged from architecture to medical illustration to fields of study that didn’t exist a few years ago.
Helping these very deserving young people along their path is a true delight. Wish you could meet every one of them personally, and we try to create opportunities for you to do exactly that. They’ll be the leaders of tomorrow, helping the rest of us visualize a better world.
This year we are excited to announce we awarded eleven $1,500 scholarships! We should all be very proud of what we (and our wonderful winners) have accomplished. This enabled six scholarships for high school seniors and an additional five to our “alumni,” those who have received scholarships before and are still in college and studying the arts.
This sets a high bar for the Fundraiser coming up in February of 2020, but we bet you can reach or surpass this year’s total!
Our 2019 Graduating Scholarship Awards
Winnie Johnson, Lake Travis Ms. Johnson will attend Texas State University and major in photography. She played with the Lake Travis High School orchestra throughout high school , was on the Student Council, and participated in the Leadership Program at Camp Longhorn.
Grace Kiser, Lake Travis Ms. Kiser will attend Belmont University and major in songwriting. She is excited to be able to continue studying music, her deepest passion, and continue to cultivate her love of music. She sang with the Cavalier Choir and Varsity and Women’s chorus and was a featured soloist.
Kalea Levy, Lake Travis Ms. Levy will major in theatre arts at the University of Washington. She will study to become a teaching artist in the performing arts. She worked with Zach Theater’s Acting Conservatory all four years, also serving as a counselor, and was a finalist in National Speech and Debate competition.
Berkley Powell, Marble Falls Ms. Powell will attend Texas A & M with a major in journalism and Telecommunications Media Studies. She was on the yearbook staff and was its editor, attaining Who’s Who, Yearbooks. After college, she’s hoping to share life's newsworthy stories through editorial publications or video technologies.
Rachel Quigley, Lake Travis Ms. Quigley will attend the University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in Digital Communications with a concentration in film. At Lake Travis she filmed football games, anchored the school news program, created a video for the Lake Travis Gala, and was a lead producer for CAVCAST. In the future she’d like to edit or direct for Netflix shows.
Jenna Sedovic, Lake Travis Ms. Sedovic will be majoring in architecture at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). She studied art all four years and was a four-year National Honor Society student and active with the Girl Scouts Gold Project.
Our 2019 Alumni Scholarships Awards
We awarded $7,500 scholarships to 2019 our alumni scholarship recipients this summer. Madison Williams received a scholarship for the third year!
Alaska Coombes continues to major in music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A talented singer, Coombes participated in choir, theatre, dance and art, earning superior ratings all three years of regional and state competitions and meriting leadership positions in choir. She is a member of the MadCavs, an elite madrigal ensemble.
Avery Goodwin has added Music Business to her major along with songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville. She performed with the Lake Travis Fiddlers, an “old-Texas” style swing music ensemble, recording with Asleep at the Wheel, in addition to active membership with the LTHS choir and other musical ensembles. She co-founded Echo’s Edge, with all band members writing and performing original music.
Sydney Kelley continues to major in radio-television-film at the University of North Texas. She plays tenor sax and oboe, has acted and performed in MFHS musicals, served as band president and worked as an AV technician, in addition to being helping to produce “DPDR,” the highest ranking short film in competition in MFHS history. She also presented at this year’s Art in the HeART of Texas fundraiser for us.
David Hellrung attends the University of Texas, continuing his major in music performance. A French horn player, David was part of the LTHS Wind Ensemble, the Lake Travis marching band, the Texas Youth Wind Symphony, the Texas Ambassadors of Music, and other performance groups.
Madison Williams is now entering her senior year at The University of Texas majoring in Advertising to continue the support of music upon graduation. She also presented and played during our Art in the HeART of Texas annual fundraiser and will be performing as the opening act for Sarah Grace & The Soul Band under name of Maddy Hatchett.