Thursday, April 13, 2017

Register today as a runner or vendor – SBEF’s 2017 Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest

Spring Branch Education Foundation is expecting its largest field of runners when it celebrates the 25th annual Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest in a new location with expanded activities.

SBISD schools are vying for the top spot in Most Participation category on Saturday, May 6, at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, 901 Yorkchester.

In addition to competitive and non-competitive running events, the day will include an expanded art auction and an opportunity for art-related vendors to display and sell their artwork.

Competitive runners will begin at 8 a.m.; 5K walkers will follow. The Kids K (1K) non-competitive run for participants in eighth grade or younger will begin at 9 a.m.  The art festival will extend to 1 p.m. Runners and vendors are encouraged to register early.

Be a Runner or Sponsor
Runners/walkers may download registration forms or register online at Information is also available at and at all SBISD schools.

Registration fees, which include a t-shirt and race packet, begin at $20 per person for participants 18 years and younger, $25 for adults. Fees increase by $10 on May 4.

Community members are invited to be a Student Sponsor at the $275 level (15 SBISD students) and $125 level (five SBISD students). Download a form at

“Saturday Sleep In” sponsorships are $70 prior to May 4 and $80 after. These sponsorships include four Running for the Arts t-shirts; and four registrations count toward a selected school in the Highest School Participation Contest. T-shirts should be claimed during packet pick-up times.

Walk-up registration and race packet pick-up are scheduled at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum on Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Race day, Saturday, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., is packet pick-up only; there will be no late registration on Saturday morning. Runners should pick up packets early for best selection of t-shirt sizes.

All participants are invited to the awards ceremony. Runners will be treated to an after-race party, thanks to generous donations by SBISD Child Nutrition Services, SBEF and community merchants.

Male and female overall winners will each receive $300 gift certificates, and overall male and female master (over age 40) winners will receive $200 gift certificates.

The SBISD school with the highest participation will win gift certificates, $500 each, from Young Audiences of Houston and Academy Sports & Outdoors. All other SBISD schools with at least 10 participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of two prizes: a gift certificate from Young Audiences of Houston or from Academy Sports & Outdoors.

All registered runners and walkers will be eligible for numerous door prizes from community merchants. Winners must be present.

Be a Vendor
For the first time, the festival’s vendor marketplace will host artists and art-related vendors who are interested in displaying and selling their work. Local artists are invited to participate in the juried show.

SBISD schools or school organizations are invited to sell school merchandise.
There is space for up to 100 vendors. For more information or to download a registration form, please visit before April 21.

Art Auction is Bigger than Ever
The art auction has something for everyone. “We are so excited about the quality of the art in this year’s auction,” said Leann Newton, co-curator of the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum. 

“In addition to outstanding donations from SBISD art teachers and collaborative works from students, we have donations from many professional artists. We have an original drawing from renowned artist Jose Perez, a whimsical painting from Austin artist Linda Buikema, beautiful fused glass pieces from Susan Loewen, and many other donations in all types of media.

“Art collectors should not miss this opportunity. The artwork is on display at the SBISD administration building, 955 Campbell Road, through April 18. It will be displayed at the Museum, 901 Yorkchester, April 24 through May 6. Bidding will close noon.”

Something for Everyone
“Runners and non-runners will love this event,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “In addition to all the kids’ activities families have enjoyed in previous years, SBISD students from all over the district will create street paintings and offer so many cool musical and choral performances. Garage bands will perform throughout the morning. Food trucks will be on hand to provide breakfast and lunch to festival-goers. There will be something for everyone.”

A Good Time for a Good Cause
SBEF uses the day’s proceeds to provide cultural arts field trips for SBISD students in grades one through eight. Students experience visual and performing arts in Houston’s premier arts venues. Many hear the Houston Symphony or visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the first time.

Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, which is hosting the expanded art auction, will also benefit. This ethnographic museum offers visitors a peek into cultures from Africa to Asia. The galleries include art and artifacts as diverse as pottery, textiles, musical instruments, weapons and sculptures.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Health Fitness Teachers Association. Members help organize the event. The Association sponsors student scholarships for college, teacher scholarships for professional development and community awareness programs.

Community Support
The community is generous in its support of Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest and SBISD students. Sponsors include AOK Medical Center; Mallory and James Shaddix; Children’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP; and Gary and Lydia Junek. Other sponsorships are available; visit

Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest is sanctioned and certified by the USA Track and Field Association. 

At a glance:

SBEF Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest
Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum
901 Yorkchester, 77024

To participate in the vendor marketplace, register for the race/walk, or become a sponsor visit

For information or to volunteer, call 713.251.2381.


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