What does HP Arts do?

Studies show that students who participate in the arts stay engaged in school, pursue higher levels of education, have higher test scores and even perform better in science and mathematics courses.   Business leaders view the arts as crucial in preparing students to be creative and innovative contributors in the global marketplace. 

The mission of HP Arts is to fund and encourage arts enrichment and arts education in all four elementary schools, the intermediate and middle schools and the high school in the Highland Park Independent School District.  With many other school districts across Texas, HPISD is experiencing increasing financial pressure, and faces tough choices in funding curriculum and activities.

In the 25 years since its founding in 1987, HP Arts has distributed over one million dollars in funds contributed by District families and cornerstone benefactor La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas.  To learn more about our funding philosophy, click here.

Recent Activity

Some of the many ways your donations helped HPISD students through arts enrichment programs and curriculum support in HPISD during the 2013-14 school year are as follows:

  • Orchestra students in grades 7-12 practiced and performed in concert with the acclaimed Killdares Celtic rock band;
  • Instruments, concert toms, metronomes and microphones, were purchased for the growing middle school and high school band programs;
  • Digital cameras and camcorders were purchased for the high school Digital Interactive Media classes;
  • The debate team achieved great success through our funding of two consultants available to aid 7-12 graders;
  • Ballroom, folk and jazz dancing, stage combat, choreography and improvisation workshops were led by guest performers at the high school;
  • Elementary school programs and resources included, in part, an archaeology study of dinosaurs, performances by the Fort Worth Children's Opera and Shakespeare Dallas, learning the ancient South American art form of wool feltinga new camera for the intraschool broadcasting network at UP Elementary and new instruments and music equipment; 
  • A new curtain was purchased and installed on the MIS/HPMS auditorium stage;
  • HP Arts supported the Highland Park Literary Festival, featuring author Mark Salzman.

In addition to providing funding for these programs, HP Arts expressed the community's gratitude to its Fine Arts teachers by hosting an afternoon reception for them in January 2014.   In April 2014, HP Arts recognized outstanding arts education and advocacy in the community by presenting two awards, one to a non-arts teacher who incorporates art into the curriculum and the other to community members who support the arts in the Park Cities schools.  And in recognition of student achievement in the arts, HP Arts awarded scholarships to two graduating Seniors, and prizes to nine Senior art students for their work.

HP Arts supports arts education from all angles - with funding, advocacy and public recognition.   None of it would be possible without the support of generous donors - thank you for your interest and support.