Patricia Smith wins Bank of America "Local Hero" Award
On October 28th, 2009, Bank of America honored Patricia (Patty) Smith, Founder and Board Member of ArtsBusXpress, with a "Local Hero" Award. Patty was selected out of over 100 nominees for being a champion for causes in her community and inspiring others to get involved.
The Awards ceremony was held at San Diego's New Children's Museum where Patty was given a $5,000 contribution to ArtsBusXpress. Patty graciously accepted the award on behalf of all the children, families, teachers, board members and supporters of ArtsBusXpress. Thank you Bank of America!!!
Mission Bay High School Students Take “A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts” to View Beatles Exhibit at Mesa College and See Their Art on Display in Commercial Gallery
When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts – Benefiting ArtsBusXpressArt Expressions Gallery, 2645 Financial Court, Suite C, San Diego 92117.
February 25, 2006.
San Diego, CA – On Thursday, February 23, art students in Marion Palmieri’s class at Mission Bay High School will board a bus underwritten by ArtsBusXpress for a trip to Mesa College to view the Beatles exhibit. Then they’ll head to Art Expressions Gallery to view their own art, professionally framed and hanging in the Gallery, ready for sale as part of a fundraising event for ArtsBusXpress Saturday, February 25. Students will arrive at Mesa College around 9:35 AM, tour the college gallery, and then head to Art Expressions Gallery for arrival at 11:30 AM.
As part of a class project, these students were asked to paint replicas of Beatles Album covers to tie into the theme of the fundraising event, When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts. The event celebrates the 64th birthdays of Beatles’ singer Paul McCartney and ArtsBusXpress Founder Patty Smith at Art Expressions Gallery on Saturday, February 25, 2006, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Coincidentally, another class of Mission Bay High School students created the ArtsBusXpress website under the direction of teacher Gail Lake, now with the Multimedia and Visual Arts School at Crawford Educational Complex.
When I’m 64”…A Magical Mystery Tour to the Arts invites people to enjoy culinary delights, fabulous drinks and rock the night away to Beatles’ tunes. Tickets are $64 per person and proceeds benefit ArtsBusXpress, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that gives San Diego children a “Magical Mystery Tour” to the arts. The night will also include a karaoke contest, Beatles trivia contest, a live art auction of original Beatles-themed art by artists Robin Hall, Ros Hill, Louis Mason, and Stacy Smith, and the sale of original student Beatles album cover art created by the Mission Bay High School students.
ArtsBusXpressToday’s Children * Tomorrow’s Culture
9710 Scranton Road #160
San Diego, CA 92121
ArtsBusXpress became a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2005, but operated since 2002 as the arts and education program of the San Diego-Tijuana Sister Cities Society. The program underwrites fieldtrip transportation – the “missing link” in a two-way street connecting San Diego school children with arts-rich learning opportunities throughout the region. ArtsBusXpress bus grants enable teachers to expand classroom resources and give children unforgettable experiences in music, theatre, dance, art galleries and museums. Since the first bus was launched in October 2002, 23,000 students in more than 130 San Diego schools have been offered A Ride to the Arts!
ArtsBusXpress' Passport to Culture a Success with Students
By Michelle Loase
ArtsBusXpress, a venture providing bus grants for classroom fieldtrips, is celebrating another year of connecting students to the local arts and culture scene. Just halfway through its third year of operation, ArtsBusXpress has already topped the total number of students served in its first two years combined. Overall, teachers have used ArtsBusXpress to transport 14,000 students to operas, museums, symphonies, ballets and live theatre.
The program was initially developed by Patricia Smith, owner of Art Expressions Gallery, who believes that for some high school students, field trips are the only opportunity for piquing their interest in the fine arts.
"And children aren't the only winners," said Smith. "The entire arts community benefits by nurturing future arts patrons. Today's children will be tomorrow's decision-makers, and the future of our cultural institutions rests in their hands. How will they value what they have never experienced?"
The program is also a collaboration of the San Diego-Tijuana Sister Cities Society, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Arts Education Partnership, city of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the Community Council for Music in Schools.
While initial funding for the program has come from The Burnham Foundation, the Dickinson Foundation, and many members of the local art and framing industry, other groups have jumped on board including Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM), The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
For more information, including bus rates, visit www.artsbusxpress.org or call (619) 687-3562.