Posted: 9/10/2010 

HEB ISD Art Car and Blues...Will there be Phase 2?

Representatives from the Technical Education Center and the Jeffrey H. Morris Foundation teamed up last weekend to showcase the award-winning HEB ISD Art Car at the Bedford Bluesfest and Barbeque. Students new to Mr. Steven's Auto-Collision and Repair classes volunteered their time to help set up, pass out T.E.C. brochures and talk to visitors about the program. Many passersby including children and adults alike also had the opportunity to "be a part of art" and paint their own custom miniature guitar to hang on the "the boat". Previous Bell Graduate and art car project participant Robert Whittington also made an appearance, a side to the onstage headline performance of his father Buddy Whittington, Blues guitarist virtuoso.

The JHM Foundation, a non-profit organization, was on hand to speak about cancer awareness and the cause behind their efforts. They also sold merchandise with profits creatively benefitting youth in ways such as art car projects and music scholarships in addition to annual contributions to the Parkland Foundation.

In 2009, the parents of Jeffrey H. Morris donated their late son's 1984 Toyota pick-up to the TEC Collision and Repair students to transform into an art car that debuted in the Houston Art Car Parade where it won People's Choice and 2nd Place in the Youth Group category. Since the 2009 parade, the Art Car has continued to win multiple additional awards and bring joy into the lives of many people.

Rumors are stirring for a possible "phase 2" of the peace extravaganza to feature a trailing land-shark or possibly a newly transformed vehicle all together pending a car donation, sponsorship and volunteer efforts. Interested parties should contact Eric Stevens or Carolyn Marcantel.

- View more photos from the Bedford Bluesfest.

- Learn more about the the HEB ISD Art Car.

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