Spicewood Elementary School Art Day Celebration
This year we had the pleasure of supporting two performers for the Spicewood Elementary School Art Day in May 2022. This was one of the first times to bring back the live performances in the schools due to previous Covid-19 restrictions.
Sara Hickman has over 30 years of supporting the arts within our area’s public school system. We were very fortunate that she was able to perform for all Pre-K to 2nd graders. She provided an uplifting and active musical presentation engaging all of the students.
Lucas Miller is well known nationally as the Singing Zoologist. He does a fantastic job integrating Science with Music. He has received many awards for his work with students. We were so glad that he was available to perform for the 3rd through 5th grades at this school this past May.
Spicewood Arts Funds “Grants 4 Great Ideas”
Spicewood Arts recently 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 a 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.
One of the joys of the year is passing along the generous donations from everyone back into the neighborhood. For fourteen 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.
Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $125,000 and the number of scholarships given has tripled. The scholarships are supported by the Spicewood Arts annual Fundraiser in February and individual donations throughout the year.
In spite of the pandemic, our students continued to excel. See the recent Spicewood Scholars via the link below.