Arts, Culture, and Humanities

CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES INC, dba City ArtWorks

  • Houston, TX
  • www.cityartworks.org

Mission Statement

“To color the future of our community through meaningful art experiences" City ArtWorks engages children in exciting hands-on art experiences. We provide accessible and affordable art education by trained educators and artists, acting on our governing principle that children flourish when given the opportunity to explore their own creativity. City ArtWorks fosters the development of the creative thinker. Exposure to the visual arts can help children develop a deeper understanding of their world and social environment. Arts education directly and positively impacts a child's higher order thinking skills, problem solving ability, and motivation to learn.

Main Programs

  1. Art After School
  2. ArtSmart
  3. Summer art classes
Service Areas

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Texas

Greater Houston area

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 2015

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Mrs Margaret Bott

Keywords

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summer camp

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EIN

76-0010279

Also Known As

City ArtWorks

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Art After School

All About Art After School Through Art After School, thousands of elementary and middle school students each year are exposed to new art experiences. This highly respected program has been touching the lives of children for 27 years!

Art teachers meet with school students for one hour a week for a nine-week session to present a fully developed, age appropriate, visual arts curriculum that explores art making, art history and famous artists. Tuition per nine-week session is $85 and includes all art supplies and a student portfolio. Financial Aid is available for students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. 

You will find Art After School in more than 85 Houston-area elementary and middle schools in Houston, Klein, Spring Branch, Cypress-Fairbanks, and Magnolia Independent School Districts, as well as several private schools, neighborhood community centers, and apartment complexes.  Nearly 40% of the schools where City ArtWorks teaches our program are Title 1 or Charter Schools.  In addition, City ArtWorks offers year-round Art After School classes at our Wirt and Westview Studio location. 

For the Spring 2010 semester, City ArtWorks explored the work of American artist John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925), best known for his masterful portraits.  Lesson plans were inspired by the artist's portrait of Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears(http://www.mfah.org/exhibition.asp?par1=1&par2=2&par3=655&par4=1&par5=1&par6=1&par7=&lgc=4&eid=¤tPage=)  in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and their "Sargent and the Sea(http://www.mfah.org/exhibition.asp?par1=8&par2=1&par3=611&par4=1&par5=1&par6=1&par7=&lgc=4&eid=¤tPage=) " exhibit last February.  us on Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist and sculptor. Picasso was a child prodigy who produced thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramics during his life.  He is considered by many as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a co-founder of Cubism.  With Picasso's work as inspiration, City ArtWorks teachers will present fun, hands-on art lessons.  During each class, students will be introduced to the artist's work through visual aids, while teachers share information about the artist and his work.  Students then create their own unique works of art.  Classes focus on nurturing students' creativity using basic art techniques and tools.  Lessons will include drawing, painting, sculpture, and more!

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

ArtSmart

City ArtWorks offers an art program for Pre-K and Kindergarten children called ArtSmart. This early learning art class introduces young children to the wonderful world of art by letting their natural creative abilities unfold in a fun environment. While they are exploring color, texture, shapes, and different types of art materials, they are learning to freely express their feeling and ideas through art projects. ArtSmart is designed to help children develop fine motor skills and perceptual thinking, as well as learn to appreciate art for its own sake. Children will draw, paint, make 3 dimensional constructions, and other creative projects.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Summer art classes

Art classes held each week from June through early August for children ages 3 to 15.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

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Texas

Greater Houston area

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Creative Altematives
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES INC, dba City ArtWorks

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Principal Officer

Mrs Margaret Bott

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Joseph Gauss

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Term: Jan 2016 - Jan 2017

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