Alliance Data Associates Teach Art Basics to the Boys and Girls Club
DALLAS, TX North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts (NTBCA), Alliance Data, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County (BGCCC) recently formed a unique tri-fold partnership that brought arts education to a handful of students at the Plano Boys and Girls Club.
"Who in this room considers themselves an artist? Let me see some hands!" said Ray Jordan, director of membership at NTBCA, at the Boys and Girls Club art show. The show featured works by 17 children, all mentored in the arts by Alliance Data employees throughout May.
The month-long pilot program was jointly created by Alliance Data and NTBCA as a spin-off of NTBC's annual On My Own Time (OMOT) art program, which encourages local employees to enter their original art into competition for display at NorthPark Center.
"On My Own Time provides a unique outlet for companies to support the artistic interests of their employees," said Ray Jordan, Director of Membership at NTBCA. "It allows companies to not only celebrate the interests of their employees but to also discover that they house some of the area's most creative and innovative minds right in their own offices."
Throughout May, 12 Alliance Data associates spent at least an hour each week of quality, one-on-one time with a Boys and Girls Club student to teach them the basics of an art medium, such as photography, oil on canvas, mosaic, clay sculpture, and other crafts.
The Alliance Data/NTBCA arts mentoring program and accompanying OMOT participation in early August marks the first time art created by children at the Boys and Girls Club will be judged by professional artists alongside works from adults in the OMOT art program.
Family members of BGCCC students, community leaders, guests, and the media are invited to join the BGCCC and NTBCA staff, as well as Alliance Data volunteers in celebrating the culmination of this program at the Wednesday, June 3 art "opening" to showcase the works of these students. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 1111 H Avenue in Plano.
"NTBCA, a highly respected organization that Alliance Data is proud to be affiliated with and support, created the idea of dove-tailing the arts and education, one of our charitable focus areas, in order to expand our goal of enriching the community," said Shelley Whiddon, Alliance Data Director of External Communications. "We are pleased that, through this unique program, we have the opportunity to spend time with the outstanding kids at Boys and Girls Club, as well as assist NTBCA in their valuable mission to promote arts and culture education to our employees and also to the community at large."
Nearing the close of this four-week program, each student has created their own work of art, as well as made a new friend in their Alliance Data mentor.
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