I would like to apologize for this newsletter's title. It does match the event though! This Saturday we went to the Heritage at Twin Creeks for our March event, and we did pointillism coloring pages with the residents there.
We came into the nursing home and layed out our supplies, then proceeded to help out the seniors with it. They seemed to enjoy the event, even though it was something they had never seen before. Everyone was extremely nice and the event went pretty smoothly. The seniors were upset when we had to leave, which is a good sign! Next time, they'll be really excited to see us and we can have more fun.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who came today! If you couldn't come, no worries! We still have 3 LandA events for the school year you can attend.
Keep in mind that Diversity Showcase, Arts Fest, and elections are coming up! Sign up sheets for the showcase and for elections are on the home page, and more information about the Arts Fest is on its way.
See you next time!
Hello lovely LandA readers!
At today's meeting, we made some important announcements instead of practicing our project, since we have some pretty big things coming up. If you missed the meeting, the power point is linked below for your viewing pleasure.
Alrighty! So, what announcements were so important that we skipped project planning for them?
First up: our March project. This month, we are doing a pointillism coloring page. Basically, the seniors will choose some mandala coloring pages, and we'll have some paint and q tips set out. They will use the q tips to pick colors and fill in the coloring page... and that's it! Pretty simple, right? We will put this into practice this Saturday, March 23, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Heritage Nursing Home. You can find more information about the project on the Current Project page.
Next: AHS' Diversity Showcase! It will be on Friday, March 29 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the PAC / Commons. We will be doing the tissue paper flower craft here, since that's something we have experience with. If you are able to volunteer for this event, please do! Because Phoenix Con is the next day, Farbin and Julia won't be there to watch over the table. You can get a lot of points and hours for this event, and it's really fun! If you are able to volunteer, there is a link to sign up on the Home page under the Forms section.
The next announcement is... ELECTIONS! They will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (yup, an extra meeting), along with our end of the year party. The available positions are Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, and Project Manager, and everyone is encouraged to run! Remember, you must have at least 4 points to vote in the elections and at least 7 to run. You can see how many points you have on the Points page. If you want to run but don't have enough points, try and volunteer at the March event and the Diversity Showcase! You can also bring donations to rack up extra points. The form to sign up for elections is on the Home page under the Forms section. Also, I recommend that you write up a quick 1-2 minute "speech," since you'll be asked to explain why you would do well in that position. :)
Okay, last announcement: ARTS FEST!! Yes indeed, your very own Love and Art Club was asked to reappear at the Watters Creek Arts Fest on May 10-12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Although the times aren't finalized, it would be amazing if you could add it to you calendar. I will have more information on our specific times and locations soon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! We'll be more than happy to explain.
And.. that's it! I know that was a lot, so thank you, brave reader, for reading all of that! You get two thumbs up!
So, yesterday's meeting was a project planning meeting. We went over some important announcements, then came up with some project ideas. It was indeed a pretty average meeting.
Let's start with the announcements:
On March 29, Love and Art will be running a booth at Allen High School's Diversity Showcase! We had a blast last year, and have plans to make this year even better! You can sign up with the link on the Home Page.
On April 24, we will be having elections! More information will be posted this weekend, so keep your antennas up for any news on that.
If you want more info on these announcements, be sure to check out the power point linked at the end of this newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org (we've got you covered!).
Alrighty! now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the fun stuff: project ideas! We sat down and came up with a few ideas for the March 23rd project, but ultimately ran out of time to make a final decision. The final project will be decided this weekend, so be sure to check this website then for more info!
And... that's about it! March is when LandA tends to get really busy, since so many art related events that happen in the spring. I'm super pumped to work with all of you these next few months!
See you at the next meeting!
Today's meeting was probably the most productive meeting in the history of LandA! Now, how did we accomplish such an amazing feat?
Well, to start things off, we went over announcements (as usual). We have our nursing home event this Saturday, February 23, from 2:00 - 3:00 at the Heritage at Twin Creeks, so we discussed the logistics of the event. After that, we discussed the project itself a bit, and made sure everyone understood how to do it.
Now, this is when things get interesting. We each chose tasks that needed to be accomplished by the end of the meeting, then split into groups and actually accomplished them. One goal was figuring out the size of the paper for our craft, so we had some different groups try making flowers out of different sizes of tissue paper. After we figured out which size was best, we began cutting all of the paper to that size. Next, we experimented with the amount of paper used per flower until we settled on what looks best, then continued finishing up any other tasks.
Because of the success of today's meeting, it looks like it'll be the new model for the future project planning meetings. We still had our fair share of experimentation and freedom in the crafting, but the goals helped us stay focused and take something away from the meeting at the end. Overall, I think everyone is happier with the project and more confident in their ability to do it.
Overall, great job to all the members who helped out today! You guys are super awesome! If you couldn't make it today, don't sweat over it! You can still come on Saturday, and a member will help you learn the project. You can also look at the power point linked below to see a diagram of the final project.
See you all on Saturday (or at the next meeting)!
What's up team? Are you excited to find out what you missed?
Well, as you experienced Land-ers know, at the start of the month we usually have a recap of our past project, then vote on a new project. And as usual, that's exactly what happened at this meeting.
First, we talked about our past event at the Heritage. It was surprisingly successful, with almost no problems! One thing we can improve on is being more productive at our project planning meetings and coming to the events on time.
We also had a short intermission where we discussed some announcements. If you want to know what they were, check out the power point linked at the end of this newsletter.
After that, we began coming up with ideas for our next project. Our project manager, James, and our historian, Amila, came up with a few projects that we considered, then the members started sharing their ideas. In the end, our project ended up being a combination of a few ideas. It took a lot of back-and-forth to figure out the logistics, but in the end we came up with a project that is fun and easy to do.
Now, what is this amazing project we came up with? Well, we are making a tissue paper flower garden
(ha, get it? That's why the title of today's newsletter is related to flowers!). Basically, each senior will make his or her own flower to fill a garden box. That way, they can each contribute to a bigger project that they'll be proud of. We'll be planning it further at our next meeting (February 20) and hosting the event on the 23rd at the Heritage. You can sign up for the event and find our donation form on the Current Project page.
Besides newsletters, points have also been updated! Please check the Points Page and let us know if there is an issue (points are filled in incorrectly, etc.) so we can help you fix it! Remember, you need 4 points and paid dues to have member status, and 7 points for officer status (eligibility to run in elections).
Thanks for reading this newsletter! As you can see, we're getting back on track to make sure you lovely members are getting all the information you need at a reasonable time. This newsletter came out a bit late, but they'll start coming out the day of the meeting so you're always in the loop.
See you on the flip side!
Hello LandA! We would like to apologize for the lack of newsletter updates; we have been having some technical difficulties with this feature on Weebly, and are working to fix it. Starting from February, we will resume posting newsletters after every meeting and event to keep you up to date.
For now, here are the power points from all of the past meetings:
Once again, we would genuinely like to apologize. You can be sure that our website will be better maintained from February. Stay tuned!!
We're back, baby! And oh boy, there's a lot of you guys! New members, thank you so much for showing an interest in the club, and old, glad to see you again! With all of your help, LandA will be able to make even more of a difference this year!
The meeting seemed to have a rocky start when our usual meeting room, A241, had technological issues, but quick thinking and Mr. Miranda's generosity allowed us to usher in the both the members and the new year in his room instead. Never let it be said that LandA can't roll with the punches! After settling in, the LandA officers welcomed the club and proceeded to present the PowerPoint detailing the club's premise, people, and purpose. If you missed this meeting, worry not! There's an attached file of the introductory PowerPoint below with all you need to know.
First, the previously elected LandA officers introduced themselves, with Farbin Towhid and Julia Joseph both acting as Presidents, Farhan Towhid as Secretary, Daniel Honrales as treasurer, James Wood as Project Manager, Sabree Galvan as Community Relations Manager, Amila Haque as historian, and, finally, Cody Van as Media Manager. Check out the About Tab on this freshly updated website for more information about these phenomenal people! Which, speaking of the website, we went over all the new details you can find here as well!
Afterwards, the officers discussed our previous projects and successes; next meeting, we'll start suggesting project ideas for us to begin working on. We went on to say that club dues will be $15 and the t-shirt fee will be $5, along with the fun idea of tie-dying all our shirts one meeting! This is an entirely student-run and student-funded club, so every penny is greatly appreciated! Not to mention that the Point System in still in place--donating supplies, attending meetings, and other actions will be rewarded with "points" that can earn you numerous achievements!
Finally, it was game time. Once the members gathered their snacks, we sat back, ate, and played a rousing game of Kahoot! Farbin would like to apologize for having one of the answers being about bank robbery, and will offer points for you to not call the police. Please. She can't go through that again.
Once the final scoreboard led to cheers and groans, once the sweet, sweet prizes were doled out, and once everybody had stuffed themselves with chips, it was then that this great meeting came to a close. This day certainly bodes well for the year to come, and we hope that LandA growth and service will only continue! Thank you so much for your attention, and here's to a new year filled with Love and Art!
A picture of the club's meeting, courtesy of our very own Cody Van. Follow us @ahsloveandart!
Awwwh, LandA's over for the year! This meeting was getting important things done and member appreciation.
We started with our elections and party. We were gonna wrap up everything for next year and party, but we were under a time crunch that affected what we did.
So, the first important thing was... ELECTIONS! Yes indeed, our candidates spoke to the club about why they would make the best candidate for each position, and answered questions the members had afterwards. It was a bit heartbreaking to see, since we can't give everyone positions, but I'm confident that our officers will be stellar. I'm also really excited that Julia and I will be able to delegate some tasks, since it'll give us a chance to start doing our schoolwork before 1:00 AM each night. The voting ballot is on the home page of this website, and voting closes at midnight on Friday. For those of you who are running, good luck!!
After that, we gave out awards to the members that had supported us throughout the whole year. There were so many people we wanted to give awards to, but in the end we only gave out a few. Again, super heartbreaking to choose between you all, but we still wanted this gesture of appreciation. When the awards were all given out, we watched a wrap up video made from clips I filmed throughout the year. Watching this was heartbreaking too, since it summed up the good feelings, the service, and the lovely people who were a part of Love and Art this year. If you want to watch the video, it is in the PowerPoint attached below. Then, we had time for a Kahoot, so we played one about the club. This was really nostalgic, since the members who stuck through since the beginning answered all of the questions correctly while the others had to guess on some.
Man. It's a wonder my heart is still intact with all this heartache.
So, the new officers will be posted on the About Page of this website on Saturday, May 5, at 8:00 AM. We will also be getting back to you about the Arts Fest and when we'll meet to discuss that, since that is coming up too. As for you new members that came yesterday, welcome! You are joining a super awesome community, and I promise that you will fall in love with LandA the way we have.
And... I guess that's it. This is my last journal entry, since our historian will take over next year's newsletters. I really enjoyed writing these, but even greatness must retire eventually.
So, I love you all lots... and I guess I'll see you next year! Goodbye!!
Man, is it just me or is my heart starting to ache...
Guess who went to Victoria Gardens for another event?
That's right, it was us! We had our second volunteer event yesterday, and it was a bit different from the last one. It had a rough start, but ended up pretty well overall.
Last time, we had Anita, a Victoria Gardens employee who works with volunteers. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it to today's event, which kind of left us in the dark about what we should do.
We all signed in, then went to the business center in the nursing home to ask for instructions. They told us that the seniors were involved in an intense game of bingo, so we would have to wait until that was over. When it ended, they told us that we could go ahead and set up in the dining room. So, we went in there, picked a table, and started setting up our craft. After some waiting, no seniors showed up.
That's when phase 2 was devised: walk around with some tea lights and ask the seniors if they wanted to make one. This caused one senior to do the craft with us, possibly out of pity. We let her make a few, since no one else seemed interested in the craft. She seemed to enjoy it, though.
That's when things started to pick up a little. A lot more seniors started to come in, and all of them seemed to like the craft! We gave away all of our tea lights, and the seniors were happy. After the event was over, we headed back.
Overall, I think it went well. The hiccups were unavoidable, and it was only our second event.
Now that it's over, we will start working on the Arts Fest. I will update the Current Project Page to focus on the festival.
Special thanks to Big Bro Towhid, for being the resident adult at yesterday's event! Also, thanks to all the volunteers who came! Every time I have an event with you guys, I am reminded of just how capable you are!
And now, my dear friends, I must bid you adeiu.
Until next time.
If you attended the last meeting, you will recall that we didn't vote on a project. We had an online form, and eventually decided to do a ping pong ball tea light craft (Ha! The craft has to do with light! That's why the title has to do with light as well!).
First, we reviewed important things about elections, such as the requirements to run. As a reminder, remember to fill out the election sign up form on the home page of the website if you want to run. The link to the points log is right underneath it if you would like to check that out.
After that, we began preparing the project. This project was pretty easy to prepare, since we only had to cut holes into each ping pong ball and test each tea light. Some members thought of a genius idea to create the holes with pens instead of blades, which was awesome. Thanks homies. Unfortunately, we only have enough supplies to do 15 projects at the nursing home, so it would be awesome if you, awesome reader, donated some electric tea lights for Saturday.
A huge announcement came out today as well. The Allen Arts Alliance contacted us about the Allen Arts Fest, and offered us a booth! We gladly accepted the offer, and began planning for that event. So far, we have our projects decided and a few decoration ideas. We will be having an additional meeting to prepare for this event, and the date will be posted on the home page (as well as sent out through Remind). After the event on Saturday, I will put everything related to the Arts Fest on the Current Project page.
So, that's basically it. As always, the PowerPoint from this meeting is attached, so feel free to review it.
With a cordial goodbye, I will see you next time at the Victoria Gardens nursing home.
In case you missed out, here is an account to catch you up!