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Adhithi Baskar, "Path to Enlightenment", Mixed Media

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

Three students from Coppell High School were selected for the exhibition:

Adhithi Baskar, Studio Art

Kirstin Boyer, Studio Art

Julie Choi, Studio Art

 

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School.

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Julie Torres, "After 4:00 pm", Mixed Media

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

Thirteen students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts were selected for the exhibition: 

Natalie Crenwelge, Art History

Jackson Daughety, Studio Art

Sophia Dubard, Studio Art

Natalia Hernandez, Studio Art

Taylor Jenkins, Studio Art

Eileen Loera, Studio Art

Molly Mitchell, Studio Art

Eva Semrad, Studio Art

Matthew Taylor, Studio Art

Julie Torres, Studio Art

Simon Waranch, Studio Art

Bethany Wolfe, Studio Art

William Wright, Studio Art

 

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School. (

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Isabel Liang, "Lack of the Best Loved", Oil and Graphite

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

 

Three students from Grapevine High School were selected for the exhibition: 

Lauren Edwards, Art History

Isabel Liang, Studio Art

Tiffany Sims, Art History

 

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School. 

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Jean-Luc Fagnan, "Axe Wielding Warrior", Sculpey III

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

 

Six students from Richardson High School were selected for the exhibition: 

Jean-Luc Fagnan, Studio Art

Andrea Fernandez, Studio Art

Gracie Hinojosa, Studio Art

Riah Ivy, Studio Art

Felipe Ortiz, Studio Art

Deanna Smith, Music Theory  

 

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School. 

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Shaun Houpy, "Wind Between My Fingers", Mixed Media

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.

Three students from Creekview High School were selected for the exhibition: 

Shaun Houpy, Studio Art

Violet Smith, Studio Art

Taskeen Zehra, Studio Art

 

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School. 

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Brenna Tracy, "Rain", Ink

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program, including Brenna Tracy from Colleyville Heritage High School.

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School.

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

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Sandy Bush, Plano East Senior High School, "Magpie," ink pens

The O’Donnell Foundation announces the 19th annual Young Masters Exhibition on view February 25 - April 16, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibition features selected original works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools, participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program.  The following twenty-eight students from Plano high schools were selected for the exhibition:

Kevin Bai, Plano West Senior High School, Music Theory

Emma Brown, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Sandy Bush, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Daniel Che, Plano West Senior High School, Music Theory

Aria Child, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Badia Dhailia, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Tyler Edmonson, Plano Senior High School, Studio Art

Zhiyuan Fan, Plano Senior High School, Studio Art

Kristen Forbes, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Annette Hui, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Ginny Jeon, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Sarah Kanu, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Elena Koung, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Gahwon Lee, Plano West Senior High School, Music Theory

Joy Lian, Plano Senior High School, Studio Art

Christina Lu, Plano West Senior High School, Art History

JoAnn Nguyen, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Lori Nguyen, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Tiffany Ouyang, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Jake Parker-Howe, Plano West Senior High School, Music Theory

Karina Ramirez, Plano Senior High School, Studio Art

Sanjay Salem, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Caitlin Savage, Plano East Senior High School, Studio Art

Megan Shen, Plano West Senior High School, Art History

Pratiksha Tonpe, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Helen Xiu, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Elaine Zhang, Plano West Senior High School, Studio Art

Tristan Zhang, Plano Senior High School, Music Theory

Selected by a panel of respected professionals from the arts and music fields, the 2017 exhibition features 65 original pieces chosen from 896 works submitted by AP Fine Arts students. The exhibition includes fifty-four 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art created by AP Studio Art students, five essays analyzing works of art in the DMA’s permanent collections by AP Art History students, and six 4-minute original compositions by AP Music Theory students. 

Schools represented in the exhibition are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Colleyville Heritage High School, Coppell High School, Creekview High School, Grapevine High School, Lovejoy High School, Plano East Senior High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School, and Richardson High School. 

“The Young Masters Exhibition recognizes outstanding intellectual and creative expression in students participating in our AP Arts Incentive Program.  In its nineteenth year, the students’ work featured in the exhibition continues to inspire,” remarked Edith O’Donnell, founder of the program. “The talented students who participate in our program and complete rigorous AP arts and music coursework build essential skills to ensure their success in the 21st century global economy, including stimulating innovation, cultivating critical thinking and developing a greater understanding of diverse cultures. I continue to be very proud of their accomplishments.”

The O’Donnell Foundation’s Advanced Placement Fine Arts Program was founded twenty-three years ago to motivate high school students’ interest and success in rigorous college-level fine arts courses. This year, 137 teachers and 1,661 students from 16 Dallas-area high schools participate in the program. Courses include AP Art History, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Music Theory. Pre-AP courses may include any classes that prepare students for AP arts courses. The Foundation also provides superior AP and Pre-AP training in the schools that participate in the program.

Based on the 2016 College Board AP fine arts qualifying exam results of a “3” or higher, the Foundation’s grant schools account for 19% of the state’s qualifying AP Fine Arts exams; 29% of the state’s qualifying AP Art History exams, 25% of the state’s qualifying AP Music Theory exams, and 13% of the state’s qualifying AP Studio Art exams. Eight of the Program’s schools are included in the top ten state rankings for comprehensive AP Fine Arts schools (campuses that offer all three disciplines: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory). Eighty-nine percent of the Foundation’s AP Fine Arts students taking an AP Fine Arts exam in 2016 received a qualifying score.

Since its founding in 1994, more than 19,000 arts and music students have benefited from the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP incentive programs. Last year, graduating seniors earned over $34 million in scholarships.

Admission to the Young Masters exhibition in the DMA’s Concourse is included with free general admission. For more information, visit www.apstrategiesarts.org or www.DMA.org.

 

 

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Bethenny Frankel, Chick Lit Luncheon 2017 featured speaker

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) announces best-selling author, natural foods chef, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom, Bethenny Frankel, as the featured speaker for the 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the annual fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole.  Katy Bock, Marybeth Conlon and Lori Anna Dees will serve as underwriting chairs.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Bethenny Frankel as the featured speaker for this year’s Chick Lit Luncheon,” remarked Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas. “Following last year’s record-breaking tenth anniversary event, we know Bethenny’s straight-forward and witty approach to relationships, nutrition, business, parenting and all things-‘Real Housewives’ will certainly keep our devoted attendees entertained.  This year is not to be missed!” 

Bethenny Frankel first came to national attention with her wit, wisdom, and humor when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Her success on the series led her to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City for three seasons, as well as two spin-off series on the network, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After…After a three-season hiatus, she made her highly anticipated return for season seven of The Real Housewives of New York City.

A savvy businesswoman, Bethenny is the creator of the low calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl Cocktails and partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011. The cocktail portfolio now includes over 20 products including wines, flavored vodkas, and delicious ready-to-drink cocktails. Frankel is a brand collaborator, developer, and marketer for Skinnygirl Cocktails. As the owner of Skinnygirl, Bethenny has created a thriving lifestyle brand featuring products offering women practical solutions to everyday problems. Some of the many Skinnygirl products include “Sparklers” non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, snacks, hummus, dips, nutrition bars, salad dressings, liquid sweeteners and water enhancers, shapewear, and appliances. In 2013, Frankel brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to daytime television on Bethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program, and she has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine. 

She is the four-time best-selling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, and The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the recently released children’s book Cookie Meets Peanut, the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and her most recent release I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To

The 11th annual Chick Lit luncheon will be held on April 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole.  The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks by Ms. Frankel. Tables begin at $1,750 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early April if space permits.  For more information, visit communitypartnersdallas.org.

 

About Community Partners of Dallas

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more,  to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care.  Please visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org for more information.

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Ingrid Vandervelt, founder and chairman of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020

Ingrid Vandervelt (iV), founder and chairman of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, has been announced as the luncheon keynote speaker for the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit, presented by Mary Kay in partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) on Friday, January 27, 2017, from 7:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas. 

“We are delighted to add Ingrid Vandervelt to our already stellar line-up of expert speakers and panelists for this inaugural Summit, which has been thoughtfully designed for current or potential women business owners,” said Crayton Webb, vice president, corporate communications and corporate responsibility, Mary Kay Inc.

Vandervelt was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term. 

She sits on the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is a Managing Partner of Belle Capital, founding organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), and co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club. She also created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe and serves on the Advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises, Current Motor, and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member.  Vandervelt has been featured on outlets including NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will begin with a light breakfast followed by morning keynote speaker, Gloria Mayfield Banks, internationally renowned motivational speaker and #1 U.S. ranked Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director.   Attendees will then select from a menu of breakout sessions, which have been customized for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages and will include case studies, how to’s and tools to take your company to the next level.  A seated luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Ingrid Vandervelt. 

Throughout the day, unprecedented mentorship opportunities and networking will help broaden participants’ knowledge and expertise, and the first-ever “Pink Tank” will provide the opportunity for pre-selected participants to fast pitch their business ideas for seed funding from The DEC.  The day will conclude with a “Champs and Candy” reception featuring sweets from Make Your Life Sweeter. 

Confirmed breakout sessions and speakers include:

  • Why Women Make Great EntrepreneursAmber Venz Box, RewardStyle, Valerie Freeman, Imprimis Group, Cindy Williams, Mary Kay Independent Senior National Sales Director
  • 10 Questions You Need To Answer Before You Become An EntrepreneurStacy James, Mary Kay Executive Independent National Sales Director, and Yasmeen Tadia, Make Your Life Sweeter
  • How To Build the Best Team For Success: Sheryl Chamberlain, Cap Gemini; Kristina Libby, S.W.C./SoCu; Karen Piro, Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director Emeritus; and Jill Scigliano, Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  • Customer Development: How To Find And Grow CustomersMelissa Youngblood, LCC Management Consulting
  • Building Your BrandSheryl Adkins-Green, Chief Marketing Officer, Mary Kay Inc.; Heather Capps, HCK2; Holly Mason, Mason Baronet; and Jessica Nunez, True Point;
  • Fundraising: How To Fund Your Business: Julia Taylor Cheek, Everly; Louise Kee, Golden Seeds; Cynthia Nevels, Integrality; and Cristin Thomas, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 

Pink Tank judges include Sheryl Adkins-Green, Mary Kay Inc. Chief Marketing Officer; Trey Bowles, co-founder and CEO, The DEC; Abi Ferrin, fashion designer and CEO; Abe Minkara, director of business development for Mark Cuban Companies; and Beth Van Duyne, Mayor, City of Irving.

Registration is $100 per person and includes light breakfast, breakout sessions, lunch, keynote speakers, mentorship opportunities, Pink Tank and post-event reception.  Tickets will be $125 at the door.  For more information or to register, visit www.marykaywomenssummit.com or info@thedec.co.

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Arianna Huffington, 2017 Genesis Women's Shelter Luncheon keynote speaker

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support announces Nikki and Crayton Webb as co-chairs for the 2017 Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon, with Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and international best-selling author, as the featured speaker for the 24th annual event on Monday, May 15, 2017.

 

“Crayton is both a professional and personal hero of Genesis, serving as Board President of the Genesis men’s auxiliary group HeROS (He Respects Others), and Vice President of Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility with Mary Kay Inc., one of our most committed corporate partners,” shared Genesis CEO Jan Langbein. “Working with Crayton and Nikki as co-chairs this year is like working with family.”

 

Arianna Huffington joins an illustrious list of luncheon speakers, including President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice and Maria Shriver.  

 

“Arianna Huffington is a global influencer who ignites conversation and action in response to some of our most challenging social issues”, remarked Genesis CEO Jan Langbein. “To have her as keynote speaker for our 2017 luncheon is a game-changer.  We look forward to having Ms. Huffington share her brilliance with the Dallas community.”

 

In May 2005, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet, and in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. Thrive Global provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings to improve people’s health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world.

 

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.  She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

 

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, both became instant international bestsellers.

 

The 2017 Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Dallas located at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.  Sponsorships begin at $1750.00. If available, individual tickets will go on sale in April 2017. For table and sponsorship information contact Bianca Jackson, senior director of development at 214-389-7703 or bjackson@genesisshelter.org.

 

About Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

Since opening its doors in 1985, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support has provided safety, shelter and expert counseling services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Genesis is committed to removing every roadblock a woman might face on her journey to the abuse-free life she deserves. These life-changing include an emergency shelter, long-term housing, an award-winning onsite, K-12 school, daycare, access to legal representation and cutting-edge therapeutics. Genesis served 1,200 women and children in 2015 and relies on the generous support of the Dallas community to continue providing these services at no cost to clients each year. For more information visit www.genesisshelter.org