Fine Arts Career Week


Are you a painter, writer, dancer, photographer, athlete, percussionist, actor, costume designer, sculptor, storyteller, filmmaker, music conductor, chef, graphic designer, choreographer, singer, jewelry maker, or other? WE WANT YOU! Do you know of anyone?  WE WANT THEM!

We are looking for inspiring people to come and share their passion with the students during this exciting week. The students and faculty of Poe Elementary School are very excited about our upcoming Fine Arts Career Week.  As an HISD Fine Arts Magnet School, Poe celebrates creativity and the importance of arts education.  This annual Fine Arts Career Week is an important tradition at Poe, and gives hundreds of students the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of careers possible in creative fields.  We would love to have you share your passion and experience with students at Poe, and hope you are able to join us this year.

As a Guest Artist at Career Week we ask that your time with the children be split into two sections: begin with an introduction and discussion / presentation of your passion (equipment, demonstrations, inspiration, imagery, experiences), and then lead an interactive / participatory activity for the students.   A sample hands-on project might be to have students engage in writing a short story with illustrations, create a newspaper headline, write a poem, etc. Anything you think might capture the imagination of 5-11 year olds over each 50 minute class period.

Guest Artists are asked to commit to a 3-hour block of time, during which you will present to 3 different classes.  You will repeat your 50 minute presentation / demonstration 3 times.

Presentation / session times are Monday, September 26th to Friday, September 30th:

Morning - 8:30am to 11:10am (Grades 3rd – 5th)

(Lunch provided 11:15-12:15)

Afternoon - 12:20pm to 3:00pm (Grades Kindergarten – 2nd)

All Guest Artists are also cordially invited to join us for lunch on the day of your presentation - immediately following the morning session, and immediately preceding the afternoon session. We are pleased to partner with some of the best restaurants in the area for our guest lunches all week!

Please let us know which day and time period (Morning or Afternoon) work for you and your schedule. Feel free to provide multiple days and times if your schedule is more flexible.  If you are interested but need to discuss schedule in more detail or work out a creative schedule, we can work it out. The sooner you can confirm your interest, the more time slots will be available from which to choose, so please let us know at your very earliest convenience.

Contact us with any questions at all. Thank you in advance for your participation in this very popular and enriching experience for the students of Poe Elementary School.

Yasmin Kazzaz, Paige Fajkus, Allison Teheng and Jennifer DeLange