Dallas ISD Auctiones Teachers’ Artwork at State Fair

DALLAS – Dallas ISD and the Dallas Education Foundation raise funds by showcasing teachers’ artwork at an auction at Music Hall in Fair Park during and after the State Fair of Texas, with all money being reinvested in students.

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  • HEART OF TEACHING campaign features 60 works of art by Dallas ISD teachers
  • The annual campaign runs from October 25 to December 31.
  • Money raised goes to the Dallas Education Foundation
  • Art is on display at Music Hall in Fair Park

The HEART OF TEACHING campaign is a tribute to over 10,000 Dallas ISD teachers and an opportunity to recognize their talents. Many teachers are working artists themselves, and 60 of their pieces are on display until October 25 and are available for auction. All proceeds support the Dallas Education Foundation as it strives to fund district-wide equity-focused programs.

“Our educators care about teaching and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to uplift our Dallas ISD art teachers with this exhibit. The foundation’s positive impact runs deep and the exhibit and evening reception are the perfect start to the foundation’s annual campaign, ”said Dallas Education Foundation Executive Director Mita Havlick.

One of the teachers whose works are on display at Fair Park is Noemi Beltran, who works at WT White High School. She says the district gives her and her fellow artists the chance to make themselves known, all for a good cause.

“If I know I’m doing it for a good cause, I have no problem donating artwork for something good,” Beltran said. “I mean this is definitely a great opportunity that I didn’t think we would ever be offered. And I really appreciate the District and the Dallas Education Foundation for believing in us and giving us this opportunity. . “

During his interview for Spectrum News 1, Beltran was working on an acrylic painting of a little girl in a dress wearing a Rey Mysterio mask. She said she had the idea to contrast the innocence of the little girl who dreams of being who she wants to be.

“[She] looks at herself in a mirror and sees herself and sees all the possibilities of what she can be. And that’s kind of what I encourage my students, that’s why I became an art teacher. It wasn’t because – you know, a lot of people say ‘oh, summers’ or that sort of thing – it’s really about empowering my students to see whatever they’re capable of, ”he said. Beltran said.

Beltran said there is still a stigma surrounding pursuing a career in art, a career she tries to help her students see the past.

“A lot of them still have this mentality that if they follow art they will be starving artists, which I really don’t think is true these days,” Beltran said. “I think if you want something you can really go out there and get it and there are a lot of careers that really caters to the arts. It definitely goes from painting to a bit more web design, digital art, video game design. These are the areas that I definitely encourage my students to pursue. “

Beltran’s art is his side activity, as well as the creation of polymer clay earrings. Although she is comfortable with her teaching salary, it helps to be able to earn extra income to buy supplies.

“For my students personally, I try to provide as much material as possible so that they don’t have to use their own money to buy supplies,” Beltran said. “I mean, the district is providing a lot, but I’ll have these special students who just don’t have the money. And they need canvases and it’s like there’s a competition going on, so I’d quickly go to Michael’s and get a canvas. So just having that little bit of extra money really helps offset those kinds of costs. “

Beltran does not exhibit her work in galleries and does not have studio space, so the opportunity to show her work at the State Fair of Texas is something she never thought she would get the chance to. to do. Havlick said she was happy to be able to give teachers the recognition they deserve.

“They’ve never had a way to exhibit their work in such a public place,” Havlick said. “This was actually a suggestion from the District. If we donate this work to the Foundation, will it benefit our students, teachers and schools in Dallas ISD? And the answer is absolutely yes. We are roughly dollar. in dollars. So when you donate to the Dallas Education Foundation, you donate directly to Dallas ISD. I believe the teachers really see this as an opportunity. And we certainly wholeheartedly appreciate what they do for not only to support the students in class, but to support the foundation, which also supports our students.

The Dallas Education Foundation’s 2021 annual HEART OF TEACHING campaign runs from October 25 to December 31.

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