CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Giving equitable access to high impact arts-in-education programing for students from title one schools.

WHO WE SERVE

We serve students.

Imagination Fort Worth crafts its field trips and in-school programs for a diverse population of learners, from learning disabled to gifted and talented to physically challenged. We meet kids where they are and create opportunities for students with varying needs and goals. From elementary school all the way to high school seniors, we have a programs built for all ages.

We serve the arts.

Imagination Fort Worth is raising the next generation of arts patrons by creating positive, energizing first encounters with quality artists, teaching artists, museums, theaters, libraries, and other cultural organizations.

We serve teachers.

We support educators with professionally prepared curricula tied to specific state education standards that outline exactly what students should know and be able to do. We inspire teachers with field trips and programs that integrate the arts with all areas of learning and unleash the creative potential and spark the imaginations of their students.

We serve schools.

Field trips aren’t cheap, and budget-sensitive school districts have many needs to meet. Imagination Fort Worth fills the gap with a wide range of free or low-cost programs.

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STAFF

Lauri McKay Bevan is a certified arts educator with experience teaching students from pre-K through high school. She is also a professional actor, director, and produced playwright, and served as administrator for a multi-state non-profit social service organization helping at-risk teens. This combination of experiences in education, the arts, and non-profit management make her well qualified to bring IFW to its next phase.

Education expert Cynthia Andrews creates the “ImagineGuides” that Imagination Fort Worth distributes to classroom teachers and students, as well as designs surveys and analyzes data/outcomes for measuring program efficacy. Andrews earned a Master’s Degree in Studio Art from the Glasgow School of Art, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Art Research/Creative Industries from the University of Ulster.

Rachel Parnell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a working artist with experience in facilitating creative, multidisciplinary arts activities and culinary lessons for children and adults. She has served as a volunteer resident artist at Cook Children’s Medical Center as well as The Arc of the Arts studio in Austin,Texas where she cultivated relationships with adult artists with cognitive and physical disabilities. She is passionate about the ability art has to bridge gaps in culture and education and loves to utilize art as a vessel for giving back to the community.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Board President – Carson Linstead

  • Board Secretary – Kathryn Narumiya

  • Board Treasurer  – Martha C. Cox

  • Board Shadow  – Chris Rivera

  • V.P. Development – Dionne Bagsby Jones

  • Molly Brown

  • Lindsey Walsh-Dickerson

  • Pam Ehrich

  • Sheila Grubbs

  • Darenda Kirby

  • Jerri McNair