This year ICFW will present our unique and stellar yearlong program series to students from kindergarten through grade 12 from Fort Worth Independent School District and other districts in the surrounding area. ICFW will continue to celebrate our Fort Worth Treasures. Many of our local institutions joined us in our Grand Canyon programming last year and we look forward to working with each of them again this year.
This past year we worked in collaboration with the Grand Canyon National Park and the US Department of the Interior to create a first time “Model Program” to bring to life the story of the National Parks with a first focus on the Grand Canyon. Utilizing –as we do so often, a combination of programming in the arts, sciences and humanities we developed innovative educational programs for the students, their teachers and families throughout the school year.
The project was all we hoped it would be! It included a stellar series of education programs for students and teachers, as well as, public exhibitions of art, artifacts, botanicals, and photographs from the Grand Canyon at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, the Fort Worth Central Library, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and at the Sid Richardson Museum. Each exhibition was open throughout the month of May with the exception of the hosting of the Thomas Moran painting at the Sid Richardson Museum which ran from December through May 31. We are thrilled the exhibition of artifacts at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History which has been held over through the end of August. The exhibit at the Fort Worth Community Art Center included 39 paintings from the vaults at Grand Canyon National Park, which had never been seen outside of the park prior to this program series. Leadership at the Art Center reported a record number of visitors for the Grand Canyon Art Exhibition which included paintings from the late 19th century to the present.
In the first two weeks of May, over 8400 youth and adults participated in these Grand Canyon based programs across our city. Artists from the Native American tribal nations of the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai all who have roots in Grand Canyon led workshops and performances. Classical musicians performed Grand Canyon inspired music for the cello and string quartet which further enhanced the events. They were joined by a team of seven Grand Canyon Park Rangers who presented hands on workshops and presentations about the geology, geography, flora, fauna, and human history of the Grand Canyon and of the National Parks
In addition, Imagination Celebration presented our traditional annual series of wonderful and innovative performing and visual arts programming for students K- 12 throughout the school year in schools and in public institutions across our city. We also presented our annual in-depth arts learning programs - The Young Artist Apprenticeship Program and the Debbie Allen Dance Institute, as well as our annual and totally unique Statewide Program for the Deaf for over 500 deaf high school students from across Texas who come each year to us from 36 school districts across our state for a weekend of hands on workshops and performance programs. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary year which was special indeed as, for the second time in history the artistic presenters for this program were all deaf artists, movie stars, professional, musicians and dancers! In the beginning we only could find two or three deaf presenters. This program has also had an impact on the deaf artists of this nation and the world.
Imagination Celebration is a 501(c)(3) organization.