School art education supported by Art Trek

Colorful banners are flying high in many elementary schools throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese celebrating the end of the school year and many eighth grade graduations.

These Banner Festivals wrap up a year of art projects being taught in these schools by Art Trek Inc., a not-for-profit arts program funded by the Porteous Family Foundation, and Art Trek 4 Teachers, funded in part by the Weingart Foundation and Nick and Patty Weber.

Donors interested in supporting the arts in Catholic schools were guided by the Catholic Education Foundation to Art Trek. CEF and Art Trek have worked together since 2006.

The Shibori Banners are made by folding and creasing paper towels, dipping them into dye and watching the magic happen as they are unfolded. Each student made two banners, one to take home to share with family, and the other made into long flowing banner garlands decorating the schools.

Currently in 32 Catholic elementary schools, Art Trek (active since 1992 and established as a not-for-profit in 2006) is committed to serving high-risk programs, underserved and needy populations, senior programs, social service programs and educators in professional training workshops.

Between May and June, some 25 Banner Festivals were scheduled in Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese, including Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Anthony Schools in Oxnard.


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Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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  • Sunday, March 1

    Special Needs Mass, 10 a.m., Father Maguire Council Hall, 4315 N. Vincent Ave, Covina.Mass for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information, contact Elizabeth, (909) 599-9833, ebinerfamily@gmail.com.

    Don Bosco Tech Spring Open House, Mass: 10 a.m., Open House: 12-3 p.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. (626) 940-2000. www.boscotech.edu.

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, 12930 Hamlin St., North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered. For moreinformation, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    Stations of the Cross, 2 p.m., Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles. Every Sunday through March 22. (323) 261-3106. 
    http://catholiccemeteriesla.org/stations.

    “Who is this Jesus you see?,” 2-4 p.m., Master Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, 700 N Sunnyside Ave., Sierra Madre. Presented by Dr. Michael Downey. Freewill donation. 

    Families to the Max: Be a Catholic Family, 2-5:30 p.m., Father Kolbe Missionaries of the Immaculata, 531 East Merced Avenue, West Covina. For more information, contact Ann O’Donnell, (626) 917-0040.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

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