Authors: Susan K. Elliott Hamm
Vonda Kaatz Klimaszewski

Fulfilling the Vision:
One Dallas Arts School’s Impact on the World

Buy the Book that Traces 40 Years of Creativity

Can an arts education make a difference? What happens after high school arts school students graduate? Author Susan K. Elliott Hamm and photographer Vonda Kaatz Klimaszewski answer these questions by tracing the careers of dozens of students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

This beautiful 10x10-inch coffee table book features dozens of portraits and interviews with graduates from this highly acclaimed arts magnet high school to mark the school’s 40th anniversary.

Where have the students of Booker T. gone? How have they changed the world? Read about famous and successful graduates of the school in the ultimate guide to the creative life and where an arts education can lead. Since the school’s creation in 1976, artists of every type have been nurtured at this award-winning Dallas high school in the Dallas Arts District. Recognized nationally and internationally, they have gone far:

Widely known musicians such as Erykah Badu, Edie Brickell, Norah Jones, Sandra St. Victor, drummer Aaron Comess, London opera singer Cedric Neal, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove;

Hollywood stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Erica Tazel (Matilda in the recent Roots re-make, now in The Good Fight), and Hollywood producer Wendy Calhoun;

Artists such as muralist Chris Arnold; car designer Earl Lucas, Los Angeles museum curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas, and sculptor Shawn Smith;

Broadway performers Christopher Vo (now in Miss Saigon), Alysha Deslorieux (Hamilton), choreographer to the stars Teresa Espinosa, Dallas Black Dance Theater artistic director Bridget Moore, Chicago star Dylis Croman, and dance festival creator Jay Franke;

And popular authors such as Pulitzer-prize nominee Matt Zoller Seitz and NY Times bestseller Scott Westerfeld.

Years in the making, this book tells the story of creativity and where an arts education can lead. Artists featured include costume, jewelry, clothing, car, video game and graphic designers, and even a robotics designer. Also: educators, theater directors, Hollywood and Broadway producers, filmmakers, rock stars, actors, actresses, playwrights, and musicians of every possible genre, including jazz, soul and R&B singers, classical pianists and saxophonists; plus choreographers, Broadway dancers and composers.

• 176 pages, more than 100 full-color photos

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