TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2017) In keeping with its commitment to excellence in the arts, Tarrant County College offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy dance, drama and music events and visual arts exhibits during the spring semester.
 
Those Before Me opens Feb. 16 and runs through Feb. 18 at the Joe B. Rushing Center for Performing Arts at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Researched and performed by TCC students, the drama honors women’s history. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. General admission is $5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly.
 
The Festival of New Plays features three award-winning, 10-minute plays written by students who submitted their work in a playwriting competition last fall. Opening on February 22 and running through Feb. 24 at the C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, festival performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly. A matinee at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 will highlight an expanded version of MetAMORfosis, by Carlos Romero, last year’s first-place winner in the competition. The play will be performed at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in March. Tickets for the Festival of New Plays are free to TCC students, faculty and staff, $3 for non-TCC students and senior citizens and $6 general admission.
 
Students have a mystery to solve when MISS NELSON IS MISSING! premieres March 1 at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The play, which continues through March 5, features Miss Nelson, a teacher who is just too nice and cannot seem to control her classroom. When she suddenly disappears, her hard-as-nails substitute, Viola Swamp, has her students ready to do anything to bring Miss Nelson back. General admission is $3. Show times are 7:30 nightly and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
 
A diverse cross-section of music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, will be performed March 28 at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. During the concert, audience members move through four rooms, each featuring a different era’s music. The concert, which is free of charge, begins at 7 p.m.
 
On March 29, the Southeast Campus will host a Swing Dance and Music Benefit, which features the TCC SE Jazz Ensemble playing traditional big band swing music. Dance instructors will be available to teach basic swing dance steps. An auction of art by TCC instructors and students will take place. Additionally, art will be available for sale. Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the 1920s. Tickets are $5 for TCC students and $10 general admission. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for SE Campus Fine Arts students studying Art, Dance and Music.
 
Starting April 3, the Northwest Campus presents DADA Week, a celebration of the unlimited potential of human expression. The art exhibit shows how DADA connects all areas of study, including the rational and irrational. It is an example of thinking outside of what is expected and challenges students to invent new directions of their own. The exhibit will be available in the Lakeview Gallery through April 7.
 
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TCC Announces Fall Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 11, 2016) – In keeping with its commitment to excellence in the arts, Tarrant County College offers opportunities to enjoy and learn from artists in dance, drama and music as well as visual art exhibits across the District this fall.
 
The Water Engine opens Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 15 at the C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. The drama tells the story of Charles Lang, a press operator who develops an engine that runs on water, and the challenges he faces while attempting to patent his invention. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge, non-TCC students and senior adults, $3 and general admission, $6. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
 
The Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, invests in younger students when Mosaic Dance Project hosts several area high schools Oct. 26 through Oct. 28. Dance master classes will be taught daily and include Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern and Swing/Musical Theater styles. Students also will attend dress rehearsals for “Mosaic in Motion,” which features eclectic works performed by Mosaic Dance Project. Performances on Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Theater Northwest are available. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge, non-TCC students and senior adults, $3 and general admission, $6. For more information, contact Lacreacia Sanders at lacreacia.sanders@tccd.edu or 817-515-7692.
 
TCC’s commitment to the community continues at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst, when the NE Music Department and the Mid-Cities and Fort Worth Music Teacher Association team up on Nov. 11 and 12 for the first Chamber Ensemble Festival. The festival promotes chamber music for students of all ages. Performances include strings, piano and mixed ensembles. Audiences will see firsthand how students improve their musicianship under the master guidance of clinicians. The events are free of charge. For more information, contact Hsinyi Wang at hsinyi.wang@tccd.edu or 817-515-6255. Additionally, the Northeast Campus has a variety of musical events this fall, including concerts and recitals. Please refer to the events listing for details.
 
Chekhov Tonight! will be performed at the Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The drama performance features scenes written by Anton Chekhov and narrated by Richie Harratine. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge, non-TCC students and senior adults, $3 and general admission, $6.
 
Art exhibits include “Ecuador and Galapagos,” currently available at the Northeast Campus in the Center Corner. The photography exhibit, which is a result of a collaboration between multiple departments, is in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, and will run through October. Admission is free.
 
Starting Nov. 16, the Northwest Campus will offer “The Fab Four,” a student art exhibit. The unique, juried exhibition, gives four student artists each an entire wall to create a large-scale, site-specific work in the gallery with a budget of $100. The exhibition will be available through mid-December. Admission is free.
 
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TCC Announces Spring Visual Arts Exhibits

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 12, 2016) Art enthusiasts will have a broad variety of visual arts exhibits and workshops to attend this spring at Tarrant County College.
 
Internationally known artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores will lead a hands-on ceramic workshop on transfer techniques on clay at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, NFAB 130, Hurst. The class is March 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A potluck reception, exhibition and artist talk will immediately follow the workshop in the Northeast Campus J. Ardis Bell Library. Jiménez-Flores’ work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions. Most recently, he held a year-long artist-in-residence position with the Harvard University Ceramic Program.
 
A solo exhibition by Christopher Blay continues through Feb. 26 at the Northwest Campus Lakeview Gallery, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The exhibition focuses on the frustration and asphyxiation of African Americans in contemporary society after centuries of unresolved issues of race, justice and equality. Award-winning artist Blay also serves as curator for the Art Corridor at the Southeast Campus.
 
Read Me, an installation of sculpture, text and interactive works by artist Candice Hicks, will be on exhibit at the Southeast Campus, Art Corridor II, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, from March 24 to April 22. The series of optical illusion sculptures and wall texts make a room-sized puzzle book. Hicks, who describes herself as “an ardent reader,” says she gravitates toward creating books. The opening reception takes place March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
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TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 12, 2016) North Texas residents can enjoy a varied selection of award-winning fine arts events in dance, drama and music this spring at Tarrant County College. A sampling of events:
 
Northeast Campus
 
The Northeast Campus (828 Harwood Road, Hurst) opens its 2016 Spring Drama Season with Comedy of Errors, Shakespearean comedy performances. It runs from March 2 to March 5 in the NE Drama Playhouse in the Northeast Fine Arts Building, NFAB 1205, with shows each night at 7 p.m. and a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m. General admission: $6. Tickets for TCC faculty, staff and students with I.D. are free.
 
On March 7, the Northeast Campus Chamber Choir will perform a variety of works at a dessert theatre in the Student Center, NSTU 1615A. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free.
 
Northwest Campus
 
Theater Northwest, in the Northwest Theatre, Library and Offices Building, WTLO 119A, at the Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Parkway), will present Home, featuring performances by the Northwest Dance Company and the Mosaic Dance Project. Nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. start March 31 and run through Apr. 2 with a matinee at 2 p.m. the same day. General admission: $5, students with ID: $1 and TCC faculty and staff: Free.
 
Also at Theatre Northwest, A Year with Frog and Toad opens on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Tony-nominated musical is based on books by Arnold Lobel. It follows the enduring friendship of cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad. In addition to the performance on opening night, there is a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior adults: $3 and TCC faculty, staff and students: Free.
 
South Campus
 
Madame President? premieres Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Campus (5301 Campus Drive), in the Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts, SPAC 1203. The original play was created by South Campus Theatre students investigating women’s rise to positions of power and the responses of those around them. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior citizens: $3 and TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff: Free.
 
Southeast Campus
 
The C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington) features the Festival of New Plays, which showcases original 10-minute plays selected from the student playwriting competition. Performances run Feb. 17 through Feb. 20 with nightly performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and a matinee on Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior citizens: $3, TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff may attend for free.
 
Dance Works, the Spring 2016 dance concert, also at the C.A. Roberson Theatre, features the SE Campus resident dance company, Rhapsody, and showcases the campus’ spring semester movement-based dance courses. General admission: $6 to $8. TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff: Free.
 
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TCC Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 27, 2016) – Tarrant County College is observing African-American Heritage Month with events that explore the history and celebrate the future of the black community. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
 
Northeast Campus:
 
Mosier Valley: A Historical Photography Exhibit will be available for viewing during the entire month of February in the J. Ardis Bell Library at Northeast Campus (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst). The photos document the first free African-American community in Texas. Established in the 1870s, little remains of the once bustling town. Complementing the Mosier Valley exhibit will be a group of books that showcase the African-American experience in Texas. A separate children’s book display will be located on the lower level of the library.
 
On Feb. 17, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” will be presented at the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NTSU 1615A. It is based on the letter Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in 1963 in response to a public statement from eight white religious leaders.
 
Northwest Campus:
 
The Langston Hughes Project will appear at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) on Feb. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in WSTU 1303. The University of Southern California Jazz Band accompanies the poetry of Langston Hughes. The music focuses on the Harlem Renaissance.
 
On Feb. 24, Northwest Campus will host “I am Black and…,” a roundtable discussion featuring perspectives of the African Diaspora. The discussion will be from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Walsh Library.
 
South Campus:
 
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration on cooking healthy soul food presented by the Blue Zone Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the South Campus Living Room (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth).
 
Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, will speak to students from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Forum Room, SSTU 2207. Biggins brought more than 20 years of health care experience to Texas Health when she joined the organization in 1997 as vice president of operations. She became president in June 2012.
 
On Feb. 22, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey will speak about African-American Heritage Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall, SSTU 1114.
 
Southeast Campus:
 
Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington) will show excerpts of three films followed by a discussion of the documentaries in the Judith J. Carrier Library, ESED 1200. Slavery by Another Name will be shown on Feb. 2 from 10 to 11:20 a.m., Freedom Riders on Feb. 16, also from 10 to 11:20 a.m. and Freedom Summer on Feb. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
 
The campus also will host the African-American Read In: African Americans and the Arts, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 25 in the C.A. Robertson Theatre.
 
Trinity River Campus:
 
Trinity River Campus (300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth) will feature African Dance and Drum performance by Moussa Diabate on Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Riverfront Café. A master dancer, choreographer, teacher and musician, Diabate has toured Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.
 
On Feb. 26, the 29th Leadership eXperience Summit will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Action A (TRTR 4202). In 2009, guest speaker Kam Phillips founded Dream Outside the Box, a program dedicated to introducing youth to imaginative career and extracurricular pathways. Phillips is chief executive dreamer for the organization.
 
Districtwide:
 
All TCC campuses will come together for the fourth annual “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides” event. The celebration takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) and will include music, dance and theatrical performances as well as a keynote address by Keith Davis, a former professional football player who is now CEO of Winners, Inc. The event celebrates the challenges, advances and worldwide achievements of African Americans and also features the talents of TCC faculty, staff and students. The event is open to the community in WSTU 1303/1305.
 
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Trinity River Idea Store Featured in National Publication

The Trinity River Campus Idea Store was featured in the November/December 2015 issue of The Bulletin, a publication of the Association of College Unions International. The article features an interview with Student Activities Coordinator Eddie Brassart.
 
The Bulletin Article on TRC’s Idea Store
 

TCC Communications, PR & Marketing Team Wins Worthy Awards

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 25, 2015) – Tarrant County College’s District Communications, Public Relations & Marketing team won four honors in the recent 4th Annual Worthy Awards. The Worthy Awards, hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), recognizes the region’s best in public relations and communications.
 
Under the direction of Executive Director Suzanne Cottraux, the TCC’s District CPRM team’s four wins included an Award of Achievement for TCC’s magazine, REACH. CPRM staff involved in these efforts include DeeDra Parrish, Rita L.B. Parson, Kendra Prince, Sara Rogers, Brandon Tucker, Connie Wiebe and Cottraux. An Award of Excellence went to Parson for her REACH article, “TCC’s 50th Anniversary: Time for Reflection and Celebration.”
 
Rogers and Tucker, along with Web Communications colleague Barbara Prellwitz, received an Award of Excellence for the #TCCGrads Campaign, which featured creative graduation cap designs by students on TCC’s social media outlets.
 
In addition, Tucker and Web Development Manager Stephen Fornal created the TCC 50th Anniversary website, which also earned an Award of Excellence.
 
“I always tell my team that we enjoy the best jobs at Tarrant County College, because we get to craft and convey stories about how the College continually drives student retention and student success,” Cottraux said. “Our foremost priority is to produce consistently excellent work that illuminates TCC’s strengths as the third-largest higher-education institution in Texas, and awards like these underscore just how excellent the final products really are.”
 
Members of PRSA chapters outside of the region serve as judges for the competition. Entries are judged based on rationale, objective/purpose, execution and results.
 
Additional competitions in which TCC’s CPRM team placed this year include the CASE District IV Accolades, Educational Advertising Awards, Graphic Design USA’s American Inhouse Awards and the PR Daily Nonprofit PR Awards.
 
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TCC 50th Anniversary Website
 
“TCC’s 50th Anniversary: Time for Reflection and Celebration” Article
 
REACH Magazine
 

TCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 13, 2015) – Tarrant County College continues its observance of Native American Heritage Month through November with campus events including dance, music and special speakers.
 
Several campuses will host events on Nov. 17. At 11:30 a.m., “Native American Storytelling: The Tipi Tellers” will feature storytellers De Cee Cornish and Jaye McLaughlin in the Tahita Fulkerson Library at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle. Telling stories with music and artifacts presents an unforgettable celebration of Native American heritage, bringing the past alive.
 
From noon to 1 p.m., the South Campus hosts the Bear Claw Singers Drum Group in the Dining Hall. From 2 to 3 p.m., storyteller Eldrena Douma will share pueblo stories, songs and family history in the Living Room on the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive.
 
While on the Northeast Campus, the use of plants and herbs in teas, poultices and other forms for medicinal purposes will be discussed in “Tae Traditional Healing” on Nov. 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the NSTU 1506 at 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst. Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., professor of government, leads the discussion.
 
Additional events include TCC alumna Alisa Tomlinson, playing her Native American flutes in the Walsh Library on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. On Nov. 19, the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, will host a Native American Heritage Event from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Commons. Live Native American dance and music will be featured along with a discussion on native artifacts. Refreshments are included.
 
At the 28th Leadership eXperience Summit on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Trinity River Campus Action Suite, keynote speaker, branding and marketing strategist Chenoa Baryhdt discusses “Going Back to Native Ways for Personal Growth”. RSVP at http://tccd.student-hub.com or call Stevie Blakely at 817-515-1191.
 
Wrapping up the month-long observance, on Nov. 24, Lisa Uhlir will lead a discussion of the dynamic increase in crime on reservations and the lack of response from the federal government. The discussion will take place at the Northeast Campus in NSTU 1615A, Center Corner, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
 

TCC Honors Veterans with Observances

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 10, 2015) Tarrant County College Campuses are hosting Veterans Day observances in honor of those who have served or are serving our country.
 
The Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker in tribute to the Armed Forces. Located in the center of the English Family Rose Garden at the south entrance to the campus, the marker is sponsored by District II of Texas Garden Clubs. Funds for the marker were raised by the SE Campus Veterans’ Association. The dedication takes place in the Main Commons at 11 a.m.
 
TCC alumni and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Aaron Throckmorton will speak at a lunch for veterans at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. Throckmorton enlisted in the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. He served in two tours overseas, one of which was in Afghanistan. Once he retired from the military, he attended TCC, where he completed his associate degree and is currently in his final year of his bachelor degree at The University of Texas Arlington. For the first 75 TCC students who are veterans, lunch will be provided in WSTU 1305 from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Keva Montrose at 817-515-7672.
 
A panel of veterans from major military conflicts will discuss their service and experiences at the Veterans Luncheon at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All members of the TCC South Campus community are welcome to join the celebration of service and heroism.
 
The Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, will begin a National Roll Call Presentation and Moment of Silence in the Rotunda from 10:45 a.m. to noon. A Veterans Day luncheon will follow, featuring J’Nell Pate, author of Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. The luncheon will be held in the Tahita Fulkerson Library. RSVP to www.TCCD.student-hub.com.
 

NE Faculty Member Plays at Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia

Eduardo Rojas, adjunct faculty member at the Northeast Campus, performed a piano concert at the Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia in October. An accomplished pianist, Rojas performed as part of The Embassy Series, which features concerts at embassies and ambassador residences in Washington, D.C.
 
He has previously played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Bogota Philharmonic, Valle Philharmonic, Panama National Orchestra, Colombia Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Van Cliburn Foundation, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Great Lakes Symphony, American Wind Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Flower Mound Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Orpheus Chamber Singers and Dallas Chamber Symphony among others.
 
Northeast Campus Music Department Chair Karen Parsons says students are privileged to work with Rojas, who “is equally at home with the works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff as with those of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.”
 
In addition to teaching at Tarrant County College, Rojas is founder of the Rojas School of Music and was recently appointed as International Bosendorfer Artist.
 
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