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      Impact Futures hosts "Above the Influence" art show

      Impact Futures Drug-Free Coalition hosted its "Above the Influence" art show at the Texas Academy of Performing Arts Saturday afternoon.

      Over 200 students, parents, and volunteers browsed the makeshift art gallery. Students from 6 area high schools were involved in the show.

      Impact Futures provided blank canvases to high school art classes, and asked them to create a mural based on the Above the Influence symbol. Impact Futures is extending the national "Above the Influence" campaign by encouraging young adults to avoid drug use and other negative influences.

      "We're a non-profit trying to reduce substance abuse among teens and so a way we decided to do that was through the national campaign called Above the Influence. And what this is, is kids take ownership of whatever it is that keeps them above negative influences," says Impact director LaViza Matthews

      Through the "Teen Expressions Art Project", students from 6 area high schools were entered in the running to have their mural presented to congressional leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

      "We took 6 large pieces of empty canvas, just blank slates, we took them to area high schools, AACAL, Amarillo High, Caprock, North Heights, Tascosa, and River Road," says Matthews.

      Caprock High School and River Road High School were first place winners in the mural contest. Both pieces of art will join Matthews on her journey to Capitol Hill on February 6th. There she will show leaders how the money put toward "Above the Influence" is making differences in the lives of teens in the Panhandle, and across the nation.

      For more information on "Above the Influence", and how you can get involved with Impact Futures, go to