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Apr 13


April 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NotNed! is a children’s book about Denton County that features artwork from dozens of area high school students.
On Saturday, April 13th, 2024 at 3 PM, the book will be unveiled at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center in Denton. The whole community is invited to join the festivities, which will include theatrical performance, a song about Denton County and the awarding of $10,000 in scholarships to Denton County visual arts students.
NotNed! is about a group of kids that go on a field trip around Denton County, Texas. Everyone is on board but – NotNed!
Why NotNed? Well, Ned is new to town and he’s a little grumpy. But by the end of the story he…flips..over deNtoN. NotNed. deNtoN. Get It?
The not-for-profit project was created to promote childhood literacy, artistic expression and cultural exchange.
The book features popular landmarks of Denton County depicted in a variety of artistic styles. During the Fall of 2023, area high school students were given a selection of landmarks and competed within their school and then across the region for the change to be included in the book. Every major school district and several charter and private schools participated in the process.
VAST member Carol Stoecker was instrumental in bringing the project to life. As an art teacher at Harpool Middle School in Denton ISD, she worked at length to promote NotNed! and ensure every landmark was represented faithfully and with high-quality.
Stoecker was also acted as an advisor to Guyer High School Student Courtney Cole who was responsible for all of the character art and iconography featured in the book.
Beyond the art, Not Ned is about childhood literacy! The book is written in English, Spanish, and Braille. About 1,000 copies of the finished book will be donated to 1st grade classes at area schools and to public libraries.
The project was sponsored by New Song School of the Arts and Acceleron Learning. More information about the project is available at www.readnotned.com


April 13
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Patterson Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory
Denton, TX United States
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Carolyn Johnson