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About Us

Connecting on a personal level is an important part of sharing ideas. On this page we'll present some details about our organization and the people behind it.
 
Barbara Collins Bowie is our Founder and Program Director.  Mrs. Bowie is a retired Social Worker/Nurse who worked with seniors and youth in her 35 years career.  Now, working with the same population as a volunteer, but in an area that has been her greatest love since childhood.  She is a Writer/Published Poet who  loves the arts and works directly with the youth and seniors in all disciplines of service.  She has written and directed many plays and performances involving the youth and adults.  Her vision is to create that "village" whereby all generations will interact together to provide a nuturing environment that will serve to increase the chances of  a better future for our youth.
 
 

Our Executive Board
 
P.O. Box 958
Floresville, Tx.  78114
(830) 216-2091
 
Founder/Executive Dir.
Barbara Bowie
 
President
Cedric Edwards
 
Vice President
Edwinna Fanner
 
Board Chair
Deborah Hurst
 
Secretary
Sharon Jamison
 
Financial Director
Preston Johnson
 
Accountant
Larry Foster
 
Entertainment Director
Darrell Boyce
 
Project Manager
David Thompson
 
Youth Directors
  Floresville - C.J. Jamison
  San Antonio - Charles Jackson

 

 

 

Barbara Collins Bowie

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Barbara Collins Bowie is our Founder and Program Director.  Mrs. Bowie is a retired Social Worker/Nurse who worked with seniors and youth in her 35 years career.  Now, working with the same population as a volunteer, but in an area that has been her greatest love since childhood.  She is a Writer/Published Poet who  loves the arts and works directly with the youth and seniors in all disciplines of service.  She has written and directed many plays and performances involving the youth and adults.  Her vision is to create that "village" whereby all generations will interact together to provide a nuturing environment that will serve to increase the chances of  a better future for our youth.

Unique Features & Programs

The Bowie Foundation Village of Providence (VOP) is established to provide extended services to a community in need by offering affordable and/or free assistance and programs to seniors, young adults, youths and their families to include, but not limited to, the following programs:

a. The VOP Performing Arts Academy, which specializes in after School, weekend and summer programming, began implementing its services in middle and high schools throughout San Antonio with emphasis on the inner-city districts and is presently providing services from the old Wilson County Hospital Building in Floresville, Texas and a Performing Arts Youth Retreat from our own facility, a 10 1/2 acre Ranch about 8 miles east of the Hospital building.  The program directs all youth, with a focus on low-income, at-risk youth, in writing and/or performing musical, dramatic productions and has become a multi-cultural/ethnic, choral, dramatic, play write group that targets youth in grades K through 12, offering them opportunities to discover and express themselves through their artistic abilities. The program is designed to assist students in developing skills in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Movement, Video, Backstage Production and Self-Expression. Our classes will be based on the "character counts" curriculum.  At present the program consists of three phases. The first phase is a general introduction to the various disciplines, after which participants will focus on the discipline(s) of their choice. The second phase consists of choosing an area of interest to write about from concerns expressed during self-expression, and writing, revising or adapting a play to perform. During the third phase participants will be learning and rehearsing the dynamics of presenting the play.

b. Arts In Focus Plays In The Park, which is implemented in partnership with a community agency and/or school, is a series of plays and performances scheduled for presentation at various community and city parks, public facilities and participating schools (with future hopes of radio and/or T.V.) involving Arts In Focus youth. Professional Artist will also be brought in from time to time as mentors and role models for participants and as a part of our fund raising efforts (recently, the Temptations Motown Showdown Spring Break Concert in Floresville, Texas, March 11, 2006). This project will introduce youth to the writing and presentation of a sequel of plays with starring and guest roles and the students will be writing different parts in their own dialogue.

c. "Friday Fest," is a monthly festival of music, dance, poetry, etc. by program participants and other guest artists, at our own private, outdoor amphitheater with park-like setting, just outside the city of Floresville, for the surrounding communities, hosted by the Arts In Focus participants.

d. Arts In Focus Nutrition & Wellness Program is implemented to provide daily, balanced meals, exercise and nutrition classes for youth, seniors and young adults in an effort to create a village-like atmosphere that will offer youth opportunities to learn appropriate behaviors, establish an identity separate from their families and to establish closer relationships with peers, young adults and seniors in a healthy, nurturing environment.

e. The Bowie Foundation Parents Assistance Program is a group of parents and other interested citizens from the community who assist by supporting one another in times of need, assisting with the implementation of various enrichment projects and field trips involving parents and youth in an effort to enhance and improve parent/child relationships.

f.  The Golden Village Social Club is open for business,  providing  services for Wilson County seniors who are in need of day activities, meals and other services. The social club offers social activities and treatments such as: Art therapy, Pet therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Reminiscent therapy, dance therapy, horticulture, music therapy and field trips. Respites, to assist the primary care givers in the many challenges they face at home, will include "Saturday Family Day," "Friday Nights Out" and "Family Focus Groups."

g. The Golden Bridge Community is a program that is projected for the future, whereby we will offer affordable assisted living to professional, independent seniors who may become a part of our "Golden Community Volunteer Professionals." 

Our Location

We'll put our address and directions to our office here. We might also include a map.

  
 4815 Gibbs Sprawl Rd.       
 San Antonio, TX.  78219 
Barbra Bowie 210-422-0693
Brenda Tehas 210-316-3424