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SISD's Night of the Arts

In April, 2015, the Smithville Public Library was awarded the highly competitive, nationally-renowned Loleta D. Fyan Award from the American Library Association to augment Arts Enrichment experiences for students in the Smithville Independent School District.

With funding from this grant, the Library will co-sponsor the “Night of the Arts” with the Smithville Independent School District on April 28, 2016. The Event will be held at the SISD Cafetorium at the SES/SJHS Campus (800 Bishop Street). Doors will open at 6PM to allow guests to walk through the temporary gallery of student artwork. The program will begin at 6:30PM with a performance by the members of the Smithville Band.

Experts and scholars will join in a discussion with the audience about what participation in the Arts can mean for our community and for student achievement. A student gallery of their written work will be on display and the event will close with an open mic for students to present their poetry will be available at the end of the program.

The panel includes:

  • Ros Hill, Writer and Illustrator, San Marcos, TX
  • Anina Moore, Director of Communications, Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Jennifer Whalen, Texas State University, L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark House Writer-In-Residence (Smithville)

The first “Night of the Arts,” which was focused on visual art, was held last November. In October as another part of Smithville’s Fyan programming, San Marcos artist Ros Hill, a writer and illustrator of children’s books, spoke to the Smithville Elementary School students about how life experiences lead to his work as an artist. In addition to these events, the Loleta D. Fyan Award supports the “StoryCorps @ your library” classroom exercises in Junior and Senior High art and literature classes and provides books and expert help for a “Book Trailer” program at the Elementary School—a Red Carpet Premiere of the book trailers is scheduled for May 23, 2016.

Loleta D. Fyan was the president of the American Library Association from 1951-1952. This Award supports innovative projects that assist libraries across the country in developing services and programs that serve a local need and have the potential for a broader impact in the community and in the nation. The Smithville Public Library is also writing a “Case Study Report,” which other libraries may use to reproduce the program.

This program was made possible by a grant from the American Library Association through funding from the Loleta D. Fyan Award. Thanks to the Smithville ISD, Lost Pines Artisans’ Alliance, and Bastrop Fine Arts Guild for their support and generosity. Many thanks also to the panelists and artists for sharing their expertise with Smithville

For more information about the Loleta D. Fyan Award, see for the ALA press release.

For more information about Ros Hill, see

For more information about the TCA Poetry Out Loud program, see

For more information about the L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment, see

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