As part of its effort to support and encourage the artistic experience of students in Dallas/Ft. Worth and the surrounding area, The Goss-Michael Foundation has announced a collaborative workshop effort with Dallas-based artist C.J. Davis, and Faith Family Academy. Twenty-seven children from Family Faith Academy have been invited to participate in an art camp titled “Playground” from 2 -3 August 2013. The mission is to create an atmosphere that promotes and enables children to engage in creative experimentation and gives them the opportunity to play creatively in a museum context that will help dissolve the existing perceived barriers.
“If you encourage young people to take chances and draw things that they have never imagined or seen before, you watch their self-confidence grow right in front of your eyes,” Davis said. “Stir the pot, let them loose and encourage them as they play. Set things in motion and they will make magnificent discoveries about materials and their own ability to create.”
“Our goal is to inspire students to explore their imagination in a museum environment and we are delighted to partner with C.J. Davis and Faith Family Academy to achieve that goal,” said Joyce Goss, Executive Director, The Goss-Michael Foundation.
A reception will be held on the afternoon of the last day of “Playground” for the participating children, their families, friends and guests. C.J. Davis is a teacher and artist living and working in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX. Since arriving here thirteen years ago he has been heavily involved in the city’s growing art scene. He teaches Art and Art History at Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff, a public charter school in his neighborhood. Faith Family Academy provides a positive personal growth and learning experience for all children in a safe, caring and structured environment. The school instills an appreciation for the contributions made by others–past and present. All resources are dedicated to preparing students for life-long success by addressing physical, emotional, academic, character, and social development. The vision at Faith Family Academy Charter Schools is to provide an exemplary education that emphasizes positive self-esteem, high academic standards, an appreciation for the fine arts, and encourages civic responsibility. The school organizations at FFA will ultimately enable students to serve as responsible citizens in the community.