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Arts in the classroom receive a major boost from heavy hitters and a TV news star

Arts in the classroom gets a boost from heavy hitters and TV news star

14-14 Mary Harburg, from left, Lester Marks, Anya Tish and H.J. Bott at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Mary Harburg, from left, Lester Marks, Anya Tish and H.J. Bott. Photo by April M. Frazier
016 Michelle Barnes, left, and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Michelle Barnes, left, and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks. Photo by Terry St. John
040 Reagan Flowers, left, and Angelbert Metoyer at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Reagan Flowers, left, and Angelbert Metoyer. Photo by Terry St. John
035 Larry Payne, left, and Sylvester Turner at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Larry Payne, left, and State Rep. Sylvester Turner. Photo by Terry St. John
14-19 Kimberly Gremillion, left, and Carolyn Farb at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Kimberly Gremillion, left, and Carolyn Farb. Photo by April M. Frazier
033 Barry Barnes and Michon Bensonat the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Barry Barnes and Michon Benson. Photo by Terry St. John
14-21 Courtney Gilmore at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Courtney Gilmore. Photo by April M. Frazier
14-5 Beverly Harmon, left, and Aundrea Matthews at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Beverly Harmon, left, and Aundrea Matthews. Photo by April M. Frazier
14-20 Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks. Photo by April M. Frazier
14-14 Mary Harburg, from left, Lester Marks, Anya Tish and H.J. Bott at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
016 Michelle Barnes, left, and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
040 Reagan Flowers, left, and Angelbert Metoyer at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
035 Larry Payne, left, and Sylvester Turner at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
14-19 Kimberly Gremillion, left, and Carolyn Farb at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
033 Barry Barnes and Michon Bensonat the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
14-21 Courtney Gilmore at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
14-5 Beverly Harmon, left, and Aundrea Matthews at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014
14-20 Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks at the Community Artists’ Collective’s luncheon September 2014

What: Community Artists' Collective annual luncheon.

Where: The Junior League of Houston.

The 411: The creative process and the role of art in education were focus of the luncheon that was chaired by Mary Holt Ashley and Gayle DeGeurin. Joining in the spotlight were honorary chairs Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks and Lester Marks, who not only served as honorary chairs but also contributed artwork for the silent auction.

The luncheon featured a conversation between Marcia Brennan, professor of art history and religion at Rice University, and John Lienhard, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, in which they discussed how the arts benefit the learning process. Valerie Cassell Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, led the discussion. Also on stage was KPRC Channel 2 News' Courtney Gilmore who served as emcee.

Who: Guests included Mary and Jay Harburg, Anya Tish, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Carolyn Farb, Kimberly Gremillion, Sarah and Willie Trotty, Michelle and Barry Barnes, Angelbert Metoyer, Aundrea Matthews, Maya Reine and Jack Belcher.

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