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Question: What Do Mark Twain, Henry Moore, Bunker Hill, and General Sam Houston Have in Common?

(April 27, 2012)

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 04/27/12 -- Answer: They're all part of the Houston Arts Foundation's Adopt-A-Monument Program that helps the city maintain its great artworks.

Through this program, Houston-area students and others are stepping up to provide support for the preservation and conservation of valuable public artwork. In the process they're learning about important public art and its ongoing care. The Houston Arts Foundation and city officials will thank these students for their pioneering work at special events on May 3 and May 10.

"We're particularly appreciative of the students at Spring Branch ISD's Bunker Hill Elementary and Houston ISD's Mark Twain Elementary for helping with some of the city's most visible and important works of art," said HAF Chair Sally Reynolds. "2012 is the sixteenth year that Bunker Hill has adopted the Sam Houston Equestrian Statue in Hermann Park, and it is the second year for Mark Twain to adopt Henry Moore's Large Spindle Piece in Eleanor Tinsley Park. We're working with Berry Elementary and the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center to initiate similar Adopt-A-Monument programs for the 2012-2013 school year."

As part of the adoption process, involved students and teachers at each school participate in field trips to their adopted artwork, and they have discussions with knowledgeable art experts about the art they've adopted as well as the importance of ongoing preservation. The schools are paired with corporate partners who supplement their fundraising efforts. For 2012, Bunker Hill is partnering with Amegy Bank and Ty-Art, and Mark Twain is partnering with Simmons & Co. International. Partners from past years include Exxon-Mobil and eCORP.

The Houston Arts Foundation and city officials have scheduled a special reception to recognize the Mark Twain students at 10 am, May 3 at the Large Spindle Piece in Eleanor Tinsley Park. A similar recognition for Bunker Hill students will be held at 10 am, May 10, at the Sam Houston Equestrian Statue in Hermann Park.

"There are nearly 400 pieces of public art available for adoption by individuals, schools, foundations, or companies," Reynolds said. Many of these works of art are viewable online at Some, like Claes Oldenberg's Geometric Mouse in the library plaza downtown, and Jim Love's Call Ernie at Hobby Airport, are well-known by many Houstonians. For more information visit

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