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A Shared Vision for Texas
During the Summit visual artist Taft McWhorter of Houston, along with Summit attendees, created this incredible painting. Through an engaging and interactive process, participants shared their Truths and Dares about Texas. All of them were a call to action to make our great state even greater. Those thoughts became the basis for the messages in the painting.
During breaks between sessions (and at a very fun reception) everyone had a chance to collaborate on the painting with Taft's guidance. Together we smoothed colors over the canvas, creating the multicolored base on which Taft overlayed the text. Each painter signed the back of the painting, sharing credit for creating this vision for Texas. 

On October 16 the painting was auctioned at the 2014 Legacy Luncheon to benefit CPPP, and the successful bidder was none other than our honoree, Luci Baines Johnson.

Taft embedded a message within the text of painting, a charge for all who are engaged in the movement for a better Texas:U Empower Change For Texas.

October 14-16, 2014 we ENGAGED more than 250 advocates, policy experts, visionaries, artists, data analysts, exciting plenary speakers and many more inspirational Texans at the Hobby Policy Summit, daring Texas to be the best.

Our speakers included:

  • The Honorable Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber in Austin & former State Representative

  • Ann Hilbig of Neighborhood Centers in Houston

  • Dr. Daniel King of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, 2013 Texas Superintendent of the year

  • The Honorable William P. Hobby, Jr., former Texas Lieutenant Governor

Together we DISCOVERED new information, strategies, and solutions on topics such as:

  • Race, Poverty, and the Future of Texas

  • Addressing Food and Asset Insecurity

  • School Finance, Pre-K, and Fixing Our Leaky Education Pipeline

  • Women’s Health and Economic Security

  • Local Innovations and Pilot Programs

  • Culture, Creativity, and Storytelling to Create Policy Change

Through our Truth or Dare project, our jointly created art, and many other interactive experiences, together we prepared to IGNITE the movement for a better Texas! 

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Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke, created art, challenged and inspired your fellow Texans at the 2014 Hobby Policy Summit! 


Immediately following the Hobby Policy Summit, CPPP honored Luci Baines Johnson as the 2014 Texas Legacy. 

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