Columbia Heights art students honor Hispanic Heritage Month

Columbia Heights art students honor Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted on 09/16/2016

In light of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Columbia Heights Elementary art students will be showcasing art pieces in several different locations ranging from BiblioTech South on Pleasanton Road to Washington D.C. from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Since 98 percent of the district’s population is Hispanic, Columbia Heights art teacher Mr. Noe Garza saw this as a way to encourage students to embrace their heritage.

“I want the students to feel proud of who they are,” Garza said. “It’s a special month for us and the way we recognize it and honor it is through art. I want the students to feel good about who they are, their food, their culture and their music.”

As part of the month long exhibits, the students created pen and ink portraits honoring acclaimed Hispanic Americans. Two students did portraits of renowned actor and activist Edward James Olmos. His son, Brandon Olmos, sent him a photo of the drawings via text message and his response was, “Love the detail... what a wonderful feeling…”

The art pieces will be showcased at the Office of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, the Office of U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the State Capitol in Austin, Firstmark Credit Union Jefferson Branch and BiblioTech South.

A reception for the art exhibit at BiblioTech will be held on Sept.21 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

“We are very proud of our students as they excel in their creativity,” Garza said. “They represent the Harlandale community proudly. We thank you all for your support and commitment to our students at Columbia Heights.”


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