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Join us for a SPARKling summer! Volunteers needed

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SPARKLER

Bringing You the News of SPARK! http://sparkdallas.org/

Why SPARK! Needs You
The heart of our mission is to help all children explore and engage their creativity. We are off to a strong start, but we need your financial support to truly bring this vision to life. It only takes $55 to serve one child, so please consider giving this amount. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that will benefit not only the city of Dallas, but also will impact children from all walks of life.Visit SPARK! This Summer 
ProtoSPARK! opens June 1 we are now taking reservations for groups of 24 to 50 children. We serve kids in second grade through high school. To request a visit, please fill out the group reservation form. We’ll contact you when your inquiry form is received to work out the details of your visit.We invite you to stop in for a tour. The gallery level is complete and dazzling! You can help put the finishing touches on the Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture during our next adult volunteer day on May 30. In the meantime, check theevent calendar for opportunities to leave your creative mark on SPARK!

Voly in the Park
Voly in the Park is an annual event at Klyde Warren Park sponsored by VolunteerNow. Voly takes place on Saturday, June 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. SPARK! will join 75 other organizations; hosting a creative exercise for families. We need approximately 20 volunteers for shifts between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Please click here to sign up to volunteer.

We Need 3,000 Empty Water Bottles!
Please save empty, clear water bottles (with caps) of all sizes and bring them to SPARK! by May 26. Water bottles will be transformed into artwork over the summer, starting with Chihuly-inspired sculptures at our SPARK! table during Voly in the Park. Contact mrichardson@sparkdallas.org for a Far North Dallas drop-off location.

World Creativity and Innovation Week Recap
SPARK! celebrated WCIW for the second year in a row, hosting daily events and activities both live and digitally. During the week we:

  • Hosted children from Lady Bird Johnson Middle School
  • Activated our Teen Board of Directors
  • Received support from numerous adult volunteers in mosaic tile work and building our gift shop
  • Prepared for our Creativity Confab, which was hosted by Scott Murray and featured an esteemed panel of thought leaders. You can watch a video summary of this event on YouTube.

News from the Board of Directors
We are very pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors:

  • J. Philip Brewer is Vice President and Retail District Manager for the Southeast Dallas market of Comerica Bank. He is active in business development and is committed to engaging the community where he lives and serves. Philip has a passion for developing colleagues, team building and education. He enjoys giving back through volunteer programs and has served on the board of directors for The Arthritis Foundation and The Preston Center Association. He is a member of Comerica’s Texas Diversity Council where he has served as Chair for Communications and Community Outreach. Philip is a native Dallasite who recently made the leap to suburbia, now residing in Allen with his wife and two children. Philip also chairs our Development Committee, and we encourage you join him to secure financial support for programming, growth and organizational overhead. If you’re interested, please contact the office at info@sparkdallas.org or (214) 421-7727.
  • Mimi Crume Sterling moved to Dallas in 2014 after 15 years of working in luxury fashion and lifestyle PR and marketing in New York. Her involvement in philanthropy started in childhood when she shadowed her mother who was very active within the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Guild. Mimi lives in Lakewood with her chef husband, their two small children, her mom, and their labradoodle. She is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Neiman Marcus.

Advisory Council News
We are thrilled to welcome Teri Isaacs to the Advisory Council. Teri joined the Salesmanship Club staff in 1994, bringing expertise in both finance and technology/computer programming. During her 21 years with the Salesmanship Club, Teri has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the AT&T Byron Nelson. She was promoted to Executive Director of the Salesmanship Club, Salesmanship Club Foundation and SCF Charitable Properties in 2008. Teri lives in Rockwall and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Support SPARK!
As our opening date approaches, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm for and support of SPARK! Please help us keep the fuse lit by making a financial contribution. Your donation will help support the mission of igniting the spark of creativity inherent in all children.

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