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Friendswood Rotary Club Raises $4,680 in Inaugural 12X12 Art Auction

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By Friendswood ISD Media Relations Department

The Friendswood Rotary Club completed its inaugural 12X12 Art Auction on December 9 which

raised $4,680 to fund fine arts grants in Friendswood ISD (FISD) through the Friendswood ISD

Education Foundation (FEF).

The goal of the project was to feature the gifts of the artists of today while investing in the artists

of tomorrow in the Friendswood community.

“We owe a huge thank you to the Conroe Art League for helping us get this project off the

ground,” Friendswood Rotarian Dr. Rebecca Hillenburg said.

Thirty-six participating artists, including seven Friendswood High School art students and four

FISD art teachers donated their time and talent to create a 12X12 canvas for the online auction.

“Our goal was to raise $3,600, so we were very excited to surpass that with the strong response

from the community,” Friendswood Frame & Gallery Owner and Rotarian Luis Briones said.

Friendswood Rotary President and FEF Director Judy Wiggins worked alongside Rotarian and

FEF Executive Director Ashley Adair to develop a recommendation of which fine arts grants to

fund with the $4,680 raised.

“It was important to us to fund a variety of fine arts grants at both the elementary and secondary

levels,” Wiggins said. “We also selected a few grants that will equip students to engage in art

service projects in the community as they exemplified Rotary’s motto of service above self.”

In total, 13 fine arts grants were selected that will impact art, music and theater projects.

One grant titled “Mo Willems Musical” for Westwood Elementary will enable all Westwood

students to take a field trip to Main Street Theater to see one of their favorite books, “Let

The Pigeon Drive The Bus!” come to life as a musical. The grant will promote literacy and

introduce students to the art of musicals at the same time.

Another grant titled “Artwork Sew Perfect” for FHS will fund a sewing machine and materials

for art students who want to engage in more three-dimensional pieces of art. This is an area

students have expressed interest in exploring more in order to participate in 3D categories in art

competitions and community events.

“We are so grateful to collaborate with Rotary on this new fundraiser,” Adair said. “I loved

visiting with the winner of each art piece at pick-up and hearing their unique ‘why’ behind their

decision to support the project.”

You can come alongside Rotary in supporting FEF’s Adopt-A-Grant Campaign by visiting the

Foundation’s website at fef.myfisd.com/grants and clicking the yellow button to browse this

year’s grants.

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