Kids in Migrant Families
Creative Kids partners with Region 19 – Migrant Education Program, where we engage migrant students in an intensive summer art program to which they otherwise would not have access. The participants are able to pick a track that is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These tracks are: painting, photography, digital media/graphic design, culinary arts, silk screening and printmaking.
Creative Kids provides the training that requires long hours of practice, focus and perseverance – all components of self-discipline. In addition, the program builds on the participants’ self-esteem and self-worth traits that are important for future successes. An important outcome of the Creative Kids program is to showcase the artwork that is created from the youth in the program. Through their inspirational artwork, they are able to paint a world that is full of vibrant color, visual energy and a sense of calm.
By showcasing the artwork of the students, it provides awareness to the general public that these youth have an intense depth to themselves that they offer through the lens of their creative spirit. The importance and value of the artwork is that the focus is not that they come from difficult situations, but rather they are diverse artistic individuals offering a glimpse into their personal life, feelings and emotions that they are experiencing at this point in their young lives. View Gallery
In partnership with El Paso Community College, Fabens Independent School District and their Cotton Valley Early College High School, Creative Kids provides the participating youth with focused training in professional skills that utilizes technology, visual arts, digital media, and business development and entrepreneurship. The expected outcomes are that students gain confidence, complete their high school education and associates degree simultaneously, and pursue higher education goals.
The presence of Creative Kids embodies a strategic set of critical, cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities that are designed to engage the students in a year-round program that is integrated into their school day, as well as an intensive summer program. Participants develop a strong understanding of the creative possibilities in life by engaging in artistically inspired activities that include: painting on canvas, printmaking, silk-screening, sculpture, photography, digital media and graphic design. This program is important because it provides opportunities for the students to realize their talents and strengths, and ultimately encourage and prepare them for success in career and higher education goals. View Gallery