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.


Voices

Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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