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CARLISLE, Kathryn M.
While taking photos for a class project, Kathy passed away on Dec. 8, 2012. Born and raised in Detroit, she would spend hours after school and weekends at The Detroit Institute of Art, studying artists. At sixteen, during high school, she was accepted into a summer art program at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. She was educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before earning a B.A. in Arts Education and later an M.A. in Drawing and Ceramic Sculpture from CSUS. Kathy first taught art at Sacramento High School as an artist in residence, and helped develop a cross-cultural art curriculum. Through a grant from the Neighborhood Arts Program of SMAC, Kathy also worked with pediatric oncology patients from the UC Davis Medical Center. For the past six years Kathy taught art and photography at St. Francis High School, and was deeply committed to the Central Valley Holocaust Education Network. This past summer she was one of 26 people nationwide awarded a fellowship to study methods for teaching the Holocaust at the Memorial Library in New York City. Kathy also had a great love of Japanese drumming and culture, and was an original member of the Sacramento Taiko Dan. For Kathy, art was not an option. She had a huge heart, eclectic style, and a sharp sense of humor. She was passionate about gatherings with family and friends, and empowering students to learn through art. Survived by her husband Steven Jarvis, and children Will, Bianca, and Violet; and her mother, Sandy Carlisle of Brighton, Michigan.
Memorial Service will be held at St. Francis High School on Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon, 5900 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA.
A scholarship has been established in honor of Kathy Carlisle, art teacher at St. Francis High School. Donations can be made via the St. Francis High School website - www.stfrancishs.org.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 14, 2012.
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