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LATEST NEWS – June 2006

  • Grant Halliburton Foundation gives $8,500 to school counseling and arts education programs
  • More than 600 attend premiere of JOURNEY exhibition in May
  • 14th Street Gallery books JOURNEY exhibition for August
  • Media coverage focuses on the work of the Foundation

Family Displays Bipolar Victim's Art

New Foundation Aims To Raise Awareness

Shannon Hori Reporting

CBS 11 News ran an insightful feature story on Sunday, May 20,
about Grant Halliburton’s life, his illness and the Foundation.
Watch it here:

The Grant Halliburton Foundation announced gifts of $8,500 in May to support adolescent mental health initiatives and arts education. The Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Plano ISD Education Foundation to support ongoing training for school counselors, $2,500 to ArtCentre of Plano in support of arts education for young people, and a $1,000 college scholarship to Plano West Senior High School art student Jennifer Miesse.

The awards were announced at the May 16 opening of Journey: The Art, Music and Words of Grant Halliburton at ArtCentre of Plano. More than 600 people attended the opening of the exhibition, which featured more than 100 works of art, writing and music by this young artist whose struggle with depression and bipolar disorder led to his death in November 2005.

At the reception, the Foundation made a $5,000 gift to the Plano ISD Education Foundation to support the ongoing training needs of the school district’s Guidance and Counseling Department, comprised of more than 140 counselors who serve the needs of over 53,000 students throughout the district’s 67 schools. The gift will enable more counselors to receive continuing education and training.

“The world can be a difficult place for our youngsters. One of our highest priorities is to help young people, families, educators and counselors better understand mental health issues,” said Vanita Halliburton, co-founder of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. “So often, our school counselors are in a position to first recognize young people in distress. These men and women are critical to identifying and helping families address the mental health issues of our children.”

The Foundation also presented $2,500 to ArtCentre of Plano in support of its commitment to education and enrichment in the arts for young people, including programs that connect economically disadvantaged children to quality experiences in the arts. ArtCentre is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence, diversity and vitality in the arts and arts education.

The $1,000 college scholarship, established in memory of Grant Halliburton, was presented to Jennifer Miesse in a special ceremony at Plano West Senior High School on May 9. Miesse plans to attend Texas State University in San Marcos, where she will study communication design. Grant Halliburton graduated in May 2005 from Plano West, where he was an AP art student and president of the Art Club. He was also an AP Art Scholar and member of the National Art Honor Society.

“We are very pleased to make this award to a gifted young art student,” noted Alan Halliburton, co-founder of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. “Helping young people reach their creative aspirations is a primary goal of the foundation. Giving this award to a Plano West student is a fitting memorial to Grant’s artistic talents and to his Plano roots.”

The exhibition Journey premiered at ArtCentre in May and is scheduled to show at 14th Street Gallery in August.

About Grant Halliburton Foundation
In 2005 the Grant Halliburton Foundation was established as a memorial to Grant’s tremendous talent, his love of art and music, and his generous spirit. The foundation exists to promote mental health awareness and education and to benefit young people in the arts. For more information or to make a donation, visit


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