2011 Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Art Competition

5th Annual CAC Art Competition and Balance4Kids Art Exhibition

Community Advisory Committee and Balance4Kids Art Show and
Poster Competition bring teachers, students and families together.


Poster Contest Winner: John Carnes

There was a festive atmosphere in the COE boardroom the evening
of Wednesday, February 23rd, as live music played and administrators, teachers,
students, families and friends chatted and enjoyed scrumptious treats. The occasion
was the fifth annual CAC and Balance4kids Art Show reception, celebrating the
artistic talents of students with special needs in Santa Cruz County. Approximately
one-hundred people attended.

The art had brightened the walls of the COE building throughout February. The
theme was “Paint Like Picasso” and the students had been free to
interpret this, as they liked, resulting in many different ideas. All those
attending had the opportunity to look at the art and vote for the one picture
that they liked the best. Also three local artists, James Hughes, Jennifer Lahey,
and Pamela Myers were enlisted as judges and given the task of choosing one
picture to be used for this year’s CAC poster, which is put on display
at every public school site.

2nd Place, Tie:
Trinity Bailey
2nd Place Tie:
Joseph Lieber
3rd Place:
Alec Tauriac

With ninety-nine entries the art show has grown
in popularity since its inception fours years ago and students from pre-school
through post-secondary education took part. The concept for the Art Exhibition
and Reception was the brainchild of Wendy Harrison, who continues to coordinate
the event each year. The art was of a high standard and showcased the students’
sense of color and texture, imagination and creativity. The students who were
able to attend were delighted to see their work on display and proud to show
their work to family and friends. The music was provided by Kent McMasters,
playing Chapman Stick.

The event was sponsored by BALANCE4Kids, a non-profit agency that fundraises
to provide grants to teachers, provides instructional aides in the classroom
and provides respite help and after school activities for students with special
needs at Kids Quest and The Club Quest Social Center. The Community Advisory
Committee (CAC) also sponsors the event. The CAC is a group of parents, educators
and other interested community members, who want to make a difference in the
education of all of our children. The goal of the CAC is to improve and protect
the education of children with special needs