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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Monday, June 27, 2011

HISD Project GRAD Students Participate in MFAH Press Conference with Houston Mayor


Houston, TX – On June 23rd, students participating in the Project GRAD Fine Arts Summer Studio Program, a collaborative effort with Houston Independent School District (HISD), joined Mayor Annise Parker and representatives from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) at a press conference on the steps of City Hall as Mayor Parker officially opens ticket sales for the exciting new MFAH exhibit, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. More than 100 artifacts make up the exhibit which will open October 16, 2011.


Invited by MFAH, the students will donned festive King Tut headdresses and received commemorative exhibit tickets from Mayor Parker.


Events like this provide our students with an opportunity to make the connection between art and history, and understand the influence that both have on our community,” says Project GRAD Executive Director Ann B. Stiles.


Developed over a decade ago, the Project GRAD/Davis High School Feeder Pattern Fine Arts Program serves the students of Crawford/Sherman Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Ketelsen Elementary, Looscan Elementary, C. Martinez Elementary, and Marshall Middle Schools, a community of approximately 3,700 mostly minority students from economically disadvantaged households. The comprehensive program offerings include instrumental music, choir, piano, visual arts, drama and opera.


Project GRAD works with five HISD high school feeder patterns, which serve 64 schools and approximately 44,000 students. Since it was founded in 1994, GRAD has awarded $22 million in college scholarships to approximately 5,650 HISD students. For more information about Project GRAD Houston, please visit our web site at: or call 832-325-0467.


The mission of Project GRAD is to ensure a quality public education for all students in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase.

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