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The Goss-Michael Foundation Announces Playground Art Camp August 2 and 3

As part of its effort to support and encourage the artistic experience of students in Dallas/Ft. Worth and the surrounding area, The Goss-Michael Foundation has announced a collaborative workshop effort with Dallas-based artist C.J. Davis, and Faith Family Academy. Twenty-seven children from Family Faith Academy have been invited to participate in an art camp titled “Playground” from August 2-3, 2013.

The mission is to create an atmosphere that promotes and enables children to engage in creative experimentation and gives them the opportunity to play creatively in a museum context that will help dissolve the existing perceived barriers.

“If you encourage young people to take chances and draw things that they have never imagined or seen before, you watch their self-confidence grow right in front of your eyes,” Davis said. “Stir the pot, let them loose and encourage them as they play. Set things in motion and they will make magnificent discoveries about materials and their own ability to create.”

“Our goal is to inspire students to explore their imagination in a museum environment and we are delighted to partner with C.J. Davis and Faith Family Academy to achieve that goal,” said Joyce Goss, Executive Director, The Goss-Michael Foundation.

A reception will be held on the afternoon of the last day of “Playground” for the participating children, their families, friends and guests.

The Goss-Michael Foundation

The Goss-Michael Foundation was founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in June 2007. The Foundation offers the public a rotating schedule of exhibitions derived from Goss and Michael’s private collection of British contemporary art as well as other institutions. These exhibitions serve as a challenge to preconceived art notions and strive to set a new standard in artistic awareness by providing visitors with fresh and fascinating art experiences. Through these experiences, the Foundation hopes to generate new perspectives and conversations on the creative methods of contemporary artists. Locally, the Foundation is dedicated to contributing to Dallas’ thriving artistic community and enhancing the public’s familiarity and interaction with contemporary and emerging British artists. The Foundation fosters young artists in Dallas and throughout Texas through numerous scholarships and art education programs.

The Goss-Michael Foundation hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday by appointment only. There is no charge to visit the Foundation.

C.J. Davis

C.J. Davis is a teacher and artist living and working in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX. Since arriving here thirteen years ago he has been heavily involved in the city’s growing art scene. He teaches Art and Art History at Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff, a public charter school in his neighborhood.

Faith Family Academy

Faith Family Academy provides a positive personal growth and learning experience for all children in a safe, caring and structured environment. The school instills an appreciation for the contributions made by others–past and present. All resources are dedicated to preparing students for life-long success by addressing physical, emotional, academic, character, and social development. The vision at Faith Family Academy Charter Schools is to provide an exemplary education that emphasizes positive self-esteem, high academic standards, an appreciation for the fine arts, and encourages civic responsibility. The school organizations at FFA will ultimately enable students to serve as responsible citizens in the community.

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