"Rebecca Bass -
Car Artist/Art Teacher"
Rebecca Bass has been teaching art in Houston inner city schools for over fifteen years. In 1991 she was teaching at Edison Middle School, located in Houston’s Second Ward near downtown. More than 90% of her students were considered to be at risk. By Rebecca’s estimates, most were either in gangs or in danger of joining gangs in the next couple of years. Many of her students never even considered graduating from high school, much less enrolling in college. Apathy towards school and life ran high. In January of that year, she decided to engage her seventh and eighth grade students in a long term project, the design and creation of an art car. She felt that not only would this collaborative project unify her students as a group, it would take them out of the confines of their insular world and show them a positive alternative to gangs.
Rebecca feels that the experience her students gained through working on the art cars definitely changed their lives. “I can’t claim that every child was saved; naturally some succumbed to joining gangs and getting pregnant at 15. But definitely I could see a difference. Suddenly kids who didn’t care, cared. They had a sense of purpose, a sense of pride, and a sense of community. Two of my students are getting ready to graduate from the High School for the Visual and performing Arts and go to college. This isn’t remarkable in and of itself, except that these were two kids who six years ago I was really afraid wouldn’t see it past the seventh grade.”
Art car projects produce positive results and are great for any school, no matter what size of classroom, socioeconomic makeup, or locale. As you continue to read you will see that art cars are for everybody and that people create art cars for every reason under the sun.
"Reagan High School Rocks Out Their First Art Car" - Amy Bishop, Houston Public Media, April 8, 2015
"Art Car Teacher Shares the Joys of Art" - CW39, April 6, 2015
"Houston Art Car Parade Brings Out Students’ Creative Sides" - Holly Beretto, Arts+Culture Texas, March 16, 2015
"Rebecca Bass first HISD Dedicated Art Cartist" - Bill Davenport, Glasstire, January 3, 2015
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