Welcome to the Galena Park ISD Fine Arts Department!

The Fine Arts Department of Galena Park Independent School District includes the areas of art, dance, music, and theater. Also included are speech, debate & journalism, cheerleading, drill teams, fund-raising, district travel and booster organizations.

Salvador Flores Named 2017 YoungArts Winner

Congratulations to Galena Park High School's Salvador Flores on being named a 2017 YoungArts Winner. He joins the National YoungArts Foundation family--a family that includes artists such as Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Ricky Ubeda, Doug Aitken, Josh Groban, Terence Blanchard, and Jenji Kohan. Based upon his impressive performance and participation during YoungArts Week, Salvador was awarded a Gold Award in CLASSICAL MUSIC for saxophone and will receive a cash prize in the amount of $10,000. Salvador has also been selected as a nominees for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for this high honor and the 60 candidates, representing 21 states, the District of Columbia and 9 artistic disciplines, are all YoungArts Winners. The students have been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their artistic achievement on the heels of the organization’s annual signature program, National YoungArts Week, which concluded in Miami on January 15. The 60 candidates will be reviewed by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which will ultimately select 20 high school seniors to be recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts for their academic and artistic accomplishments, leadership responsibilities, community service and outreach initiatives, and overall creativity. In June, the 20 Arts Scholars will join the other 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the National Recognition Program. During the program, all Scholars receive a Presidential Medallion presented on behalf of the President of the United States and participate in several recognition activities while in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a special exhibition and performance. Congratulations to Salvador Flores on this tremendous accomplishment.

NSMS Choir Will Perform at Dynamo's Game

The North Shore Middle School Choir will perform the National Anthem during the pre-game ceremonies of the Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, May 12th. Discounted tickets for NSMS family and friends is available for $22. Plan to attend the game and support both the NSMS Choir and Houston Dynamo! Contact NSMS choir director, Erin Huston, for additional information (ehuston@galenaparkisd.com, 832.386.2628).

Cardenas Selected as PTA Reflections Finalist

North Shore 9th Grade Center's Leonardo Cardenas advanced to the PTA Reflection's state level. He is one of less than 3% out of the 60,000 who entered from across Texas having his artwork, titled Unique Story, advance from the local level to the regional and state levels. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts.

2017 Galena Park ISD Rodeo Art Show

The Galena Park Independent School District’s annual Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 12th in the North Shore Senior High School auditorium. This event featured artwork by approximately 450 students in grades K-12 from each elementary, middle and high school campus in the district. The Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM School Art Committee judged the 2017 GPISD Rodeo Art Show and bestowed special recognition on seven pieces of artwork selected as “Best in Show” or “Gold Medal” winners. Those winning pieces will be prominently displayed in the Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Center throughout the duration of this year’s Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM. Approximately 50 pieces of art, as determined by the final round of Grand Prix judging, will be auctioned. Every participant in the School Art Program is a winner, receiving a certificate of merit signed by the Show president, and a blue, red or white ribbon for achievement. 

This year’s elementary “Best of Show” winner was Jaelyn Sanchez (Havard Elementary, 1st grade) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Vicente Cruz (Tice Elementary, 4th grade). The middle school “Best of Show” winner was Cadance Smith (North Shore Middle School, 8th grade) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Deborah Quiroz (Galena Park Middle School, 8th grade). The high school “Best of Show” award went to Zulma Mejia (North Shore Sr. High School, 12th grade). High school “Gold Medal” awards went to Loreli Dearing (North Shore Sr. High School, 11th grade) and Jocelyn Sandoval (Galena Park High School, 10th grade). Congratulations to all of this year’s Rodeo Art Show participants and winners. View winning artwork and photos from this year's Rodeo Art Show here.

2016-2017 Scholastic Art Award Recipients Announced

Six Galena Park ISD students earned Honorable Mention in this year's Scholastic Art Awards which is a national competition open to students in grades 7–12. Entries are juried by luminaries in the visual arts, some of whom are past award recipients, who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, or Honorable Mentions are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals. National Medalist are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This year's award recipients from Galena Park ISD are:

Salma Delgado (11th grade), Galena Park High School - Honorable Mention
Kathyrn Lloyd (9th grade), Galena Park High School - Honorable Mention
Nathaniel Martinez (8th grade), North Shore Middle School - Honorable Mention
Villanueva Martha (9th grade), North Shore 9th Grade Center - Honorable Mention
Lorelei Dearing (11th grade), North Shore Senior High School - Honorable Mention
Dorlee Vargas (12th grade), North Shore Senior High School - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to these talented student artists and their teachers Russell Erwin (NSSHS), Wesley Frey (GPHS), Tony Hurtado (GPHS), Lizette Galvan-Portillo (NSMS) and Martha Yanez (NS9th).

Fine Arts Notes, November 2016 Edition