Former Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings and Micki Rawlings are honorary chairs of The Heart of Teaching, the Dallas Education Foundation’s 2021 annual campaign. The Dallas Education Foundation is the nonprofit philanthropic partner of Dallas ISD. Its mission is to inspire community investment to accelerate student success.
The Heart of Teaching is a tribute to the more than 10,000 teachers at Dallas ISD. It is also an opportunity to recognize the talents of our Dallas ISD art educators, the majority of whom are working artists.
Our Dallas ISD art teachers share their gifts with our students and encourage them, uplift them, and empower them to do more than they ever thought possible. An art exhibition of nearly 60 artist-teachers from ISD Dallas will be open at Music Hall in Fair Park during and after the State Fair of Texas (September 25 to October 23). Admission to the exhibit is free, but valid admission to the State Fair is required from September 25 to October 17.
Showcase of the heart of teaching
âWe are thrilled to be part of the Heart of Teaching collaboration with the Dallas Education Foundation and Dallas ISD,â said Ken Novice, president of Dallas Summer Musicals. âIt is an honor to host the very first visual arts showcase for teachers at Music Hall in Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas, and we are delighted to share this impressive exhibit with the public.â
All artwork will be available for purchase at a silent auction, with auctions starting October 1 and ending with a celebration night on October 25. All proceeds support the Dallas Education Foundation as it strives to fund district-wide equity-conscious programming.
âOur educators care about teaching, and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to uplift our Dallas ISD art teachers with this exhibit. The foundation’s positive impact runs deep, and the exhibit, along with the evening reception, is the perfect launch to the foundation’s annual campaign, âsaid Mita Havlick, executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation.
Dallas ISD named District of Distinction
Dallas ISD was recently named District of Distinction 2021 by the Texas Art Education Association. They are one of only 40 of the state’s 1,110 districts.
âDallas ISD is the largest district to ever receive this honor,â says Monica Hayslip, visual arts director for Dallas ISD. âWe have an art program on every campus and nearly 300 art teachers in the district. Each of them is credited with being named Distinguished Districts. “
Atmos Energy is the title sponsor of the Heart of Teaching Museum. The Addy Foundation, the Dallas Mavericks, Grand Canyon University and Texas Instruments are additional major sponsors.
Jonathan Fredi, Director of Public Affairs at Atmos Energy, said, âWe know the Dallas Education Foundation does a fantastic job of advocacy for our students and for Dallas ISD. You have to educate the whole child and you cannot leave art aside. Through our Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, we want to give our Dallas ISD students every chance to succeed. “
The Dallas Education Foundation’s 2021 annual Heart of Teaching campaign runs from October 25 to December 31.