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By now you no doubt know of the passing of Ernie Fitzpatrick just over a week ago. Surely there was no more dynamic leader anywhere. Ernie’s passions and drive were responsible for both the creation and sustenance of Culture Shapers and for the countless benefits this organization provided to young artists, their teachers, mentors, and families, and to the Culture Shapers family as well.
As difficult as this time is, we know that many of you are awaiting decisions regarding the future of Culture Shapers. We write to communicate the actions of the Culture Shapers Board taken March 17, 2014. After much deliberation and soul-searching, the Board has decided to dissolve the 501C3 organization and to suspend activities in the visual arts and YVOH divisions. This decision was made for practical, financial, emotional, and dare I say, spiritual reasons. We all believe that, while we are reluctant to take this path, it is in the best interest of all involved. Put simply, Ernie is irreplaceable, but if God has a plan for Culture Shapers in the future, we know that the necessary resources, people, and energy will be present when the time is right. Meanwhile, the dissolution of the organization enables closure and practical arrangements to move forward.
While the Board is deeply saddened by the loss of our leader, we take this moment to celebrate the wonderful legacy that Ernie leaves behind in this community. How many young artists have pursued an education because of the vote of confidence and financial reward they received at Culture Shapers? How many received valuable mentoring from seasoned artists and performers? In short, Culture Shapers, created to provide young artists with a positive outlet for their ideas and passions, has far exceeded its mission. It has changed countless lives and given hundreds of young artists experience in competition, compassion, and generosity. We may never know what is destined to bloom from the many seeds that Cultures Shapers has planted, but we can be sure that Ernie created the means for everyone associated with Culture Shapers to do good in the world.
On a practical note, the YVOH season will not continue. The two finalists from the February competition (who would have advanced to the finals) will each receive $500 as a gesture of good will and encouragement. The visual arts competition will not take place; any fees already paid for upcoming competitions for either YVOH or VA will be refunded. The manner in which the Culture Shapers organization is formally dissolved will be in accordance with all laws and appropriate fiduciary practice regarding 501C3s.
Finally, we on the Board express our deepest gratitude to you for the work you have done over the years supporting the activities of this organization. None of the many accomplishments would have been possible without your contributions. Your expertise, energy, time, and labor have made all of the benefits to students, parents, teachers, and community possible. We know that many of you have put in countless hours making events and competitions happen. We hope that you celebrate all that has been accomplished. Thank you so very much from all of us!
In the beginning, we had all SIX categories done at ONE TIME; however, in the last few years we’ve either done two categories or three categories at a time. While there are advantages and disadvantages to either of the three formats, for 2014 at least we will go back to all SIX at once.
The most significant chages are an extended entry time and an added day for the Awards ceremony (remember when we did this at a banquet?). We’re not sure how we will do the award ceremony at this time, but the DATE is solid!
Here is the format for 2013-14-
Online entry periods: PA, DR, MM, EM , PH, and SC
April 1 – opening at 7:00am
April 14 – closing at 12:00pm noon
Saturday April 26 – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday April 27 – 8:00am to 12:00pm (not open to public)
Art pick up for all BUT Finalists:
Sunday April 27 – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday April 28 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Good luck to everyone!!!
Lisa represents the kind of teacher that INSPIRES her students, builds community, and unity with her art students. Every year Lisa is one of the great supporters of Culture Shapers as the picture below indicates. Best of all her students walk away with a few thousand dollars as a result of her encouragment and instruction. You go girl.
Here are some of the incredible individual accomplishments by high school, ISD, and teachers. Pictures of the 30 winning entries will be posted in a couple of days. It was a very busy and gratifying YEAR #13.
#1- Cy Fair ISD won 10 of the 30 FINALISTS!. Six of the ten came in Electronic Media and they took 1st place in two of the three categories. Amazing!
#2- Congratulations to Kim Ross who teaches at Cy-Falls as her students placed 1st and 2nd in Electronic Media (a $7,500 haul).
#3-Cassie Guidry was the only student to win in two categories: 2nd place in Electronic Media and 9th place in Photography. Way to go!
#4-First Place & $5,000 Winners were: Shandey Ketchey a Senior at Nimitz ( Drawing), Kimberly Nguyen a Junior at Cy-Falls (Electronic Media), and Savannah Knight, a Junior at Cy-Ranch (Photography).
All the WINNING PICTURES are now posted for Photography, Electronic Media, and Drawing.
It’s been a busy day checking in nearly 700 pieces of Drawing, Electronic Media, and Photograpghy. Now it’s time for then judges to arrive Sunday morning and render their decisions. Who will get $250, who will get $5,000, and who somewhere in between those numbers?
Could somone make more than $5,000? Sure, it’s conceivable that 21 could pick up $15,000 as that’s how many entered all three categories. Probable? No! Possible? Yep!
Come and see the results Sunday from 5-6:30, There will be lots of excited kids!
We were able to get the corrections done earlier. So, here are the FINAL NUMBERS! Thanks for all of your COOPERATION. Registering 700 students with all of the myriad of questions in one week is a feat regardless.
>280 Drawing / 233 Photography/ 173 Electronic Media
>Cy-Fair ISD leads the way with 131 entries
>John Cooper School is tops with 39 entries
>Lisa Canorro is top teacher with 30 entries
>114 Students have double entries
>21 Students have entered all three categories….chance to win $15,000!
>24 ISD’s have submitted entries
>67 High Schools have submitted entries
We look forward to actually SEEING the art work on Saturday the 18th and handing out some BIG CHECKS on Sunday 19th!
Effective tomorrow, with the EM,PH, and DR category contest entry period, we will no longer require a SOCIAL SECURITY number on the registration form.
>If you are selected as one of the top ten winners on May 19th, you will be REQUIRED to give us your social security number, along with the W-9.
>If you are a winner and don’t have a valid SS#, you will be honored with the certificate and recognition at the ceremony, but NO CHECK!
>If you are in the process of getting a SS# you will have 30 days or until June 19th to supply us with your SS#..
PS. We may not be able to change entry software codes deleting the SS# requirement by tomorrow, and if not just ignore the SS# request on the form……until you WIN of course.
School will be out next month. Where are you seniors headed?
If you are a little short in cash would $5,000 help? For just $20 you can enter the Visual Art contest starting at midnight, April 28th. The potential is $5,000 for first place in either Photography, Electronic Media, or Drawing. Hey, win first in all three entries and you get $15,000!
Whatcha thinking about? Money is awarded May 19th.
Just DO IT!