By Elizabeth Brannon, Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission Member
Meet Cindy Garza Moore, Flower Mound teacher and high-energy creative force in the art world.
Cindy started working for LISD 11 years ago as a dropout recovery agent. She contacted high-risk students and worked to get them back to school and graduate.
Cindy observed that art classes brought students back to school more willingly. This prompted her to pursue artistic studies instead of just general education.
Currently, Cindy teaches Arts Education at Bridlewood STEM Academy – as a K-5 Art Specialist. While teaching at Bridlewood, Cindy graduated from Boston University (online), Summa Cum Laude, with an MA.
Cindy brings all kinds of arts education and opportunities to her students, from working in clay to drawing to painting, from sewing to watercolors.
She teaches her students that art is vast and constantly evolving, which allows her to bring great ideas to the classroom. After students have completed a project, the discussion turns to what they have learned and what they think about their work. There is no emphasis on the end product – it is an emphasis on the process and the growth of the child, which allows the child to have a positive impression and feel good about his or her. skin.
Her little ones are first familiar with the supplies and techniques for mixing colors or brushing, and by the time they get to 2sd grade, they sew or weave. Cindy is building skills (artistic skills and life skills) for children.
Cindy hangs everything on a gallery wall in her classroom and rotates the display every month. For this school year, Cindy can’t wait to have an art class again, instead of just a cart!
LISD supports the arts and the district hangs students’ artwork in the administration building and in the hallways of its school. Her students’ artwork has also been featured at Art Fest and is often hung at local businesses.
Cindy knows she is lucky to work for LISD. The State of Texas has TEKS– Texas Eessential Kknowledge and Skills -for each discipline and level. For TEKS Fine Arts, which includes visual arts, music, etc., LISD provides flexibility for arts programs and teachers.
Cindy fell in love with community outreach, activism and generosity, which led her to form Creatives unite.
Creatives unite is a non-profit organization that sponsors various programs and centers. Cindy has supported campaigns for the adoption of pets by doing portraits of pets. From the sale of her pet portraits, Cindy generated enough income to be able to fill a wish list for the Denton Children’s Advocacy Center. Their list included food, toys and art supplies. Cindy consistently demonstrates how art can give back to the community.
In her life outside of school, Cindy’s artistic life is diverse – she works in watercolors and owns a pottery wheel and kiln. She makes polymer clay earrings and paints clothes like denim jackets and has a photo studio in her house. A room is a dedicated office / studio with things like a drafting table that allows it to expand and be absorbed in creating something every day.
Cindy is a first generation college graduate and a mix of artist and educator. She knows that all of these forces influence each other… her artistic life influences education in her classroom and influences as a person. She is a versatile artist and is also the recipient of several awards.
Cindy teaches her students and her daughter to have a dream and to understand that anything is possible. LISD and Flower Mound both get the chance to call Cindy theirs.
To learn more about Cindy, visit her at https://cg-moore.com/
Artistic thoughts: “Art is a universal language that transcends all racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers. It bridges the gap between dreaming about what is possible and achieving it. Art transforms lives, transcends change and injects beauty into communities. Art brings the world together. – Cindy Moore