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Fall: The Season of Change

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

My year of service as Marketing Associate VISTA has been an exciting one. I’ve learned a lot and have been involved with some of the biggest changes at Creative Action. The biggest change recently has been the transition from Theatre Action Project to Creative Action. Although we have changed our name, we are still fighting for the same cause (read about the name change here).

As we transition into fall, we are featuring our first event under our new name, Creative Action. This October we are proud to present the family fun and pie contest, I Spy Pie! at Central Market North. It’s going to be fun for all with arts and crafts, live music from The Biscuit Brothers, and pie tastings from the following competing bakeries:

  • Central Market Bakery
  • Central Market Cooking School
  • Jeffrey’s
  • Texas Pie Kitchen
  • Tiny Pies

Hope to see you there!

P.S. My favorite pie flavor is razzle dazzle berry pie.

Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!

Want to volunteer? Sign up here for 1 or 2 (or both) shifts:  I Spy Pie! Volunteer Sign Up.

The Creative Action Proclamation

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

Teaching artists drawing their ideal “Creative Action island”

At our after school teaching artist training this year we put the creative imaginations of our staff to work in exploring the world of Creative Action and what it means to our community.

Our amazing group of over 55 teaching and administrative staff worked in small groups to create Creative Action Islands that encompasses our actions and values and communicates the culture of our organization. (And crammed into the Ruiz Library, it was positively overwhelming to have such a large team of dedicated people!)

My favorite, and most meaningful, part of the activity was our Creative Action Proclamation. We had each group contribute a line to our proclamation and we read it aloud to close out our day together.

Here are a few lines of the Creative Action Proclamation:

We hereby declare that the inhabitants of the Creative Action Island have come together for the purpose of… 

Being happy; relaxing; exploring and having adventures; making their imagination world reality; destroying boredom; making stuff; and expressing themselves,

With the intention of allowing everyone to live their best life,

Therefore we shall explore and have adventures, dance, smile,

So that our community can create without boundaries,

Furthermore on our island, we shall eat Family Style at a large table,

So that our land can be a place where creative expression reigns free and social change & creative action can come to be,

And with this purpose we transform our communities in positive and creative ways,

In order to inspire the flow of creative energy among a generation of youth, we model the behavior and attitude we hope to instill in our students,

To conclude, our island shall be a place where everyone is free to be creative without limit of judgment. There are an infinite number of resources of varying types to facilitate creativity and art. It is an island where people are made well through creating and receiving art!

P.S. My favorite pie flavor is apple pie.
Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!

Want to volunteer? Sign up here for 1 or 2 (or both) shifts:  I Spy Pie! Volunteer Sign Up.

Connect with Your Inner pie: Volunteer at I Spy Pie!

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Creative Action (formerly Theatre Action Project) needs your pie-ness. This is creativeness with all things pie for our fall fundraiser, I Spy Pie! Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and have fun and help us select the best pie in Austin, we’d love to have you sign up to volunteer. The event features fun family activities, arts and crafts for all ages, pie tastings, and bragging rights for the best pie in Austin. Sign up for 1 or 2 shifts. It’s easy as pie!

Celebrity Judges:  Jim Swift (KXAN-TV), actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Fletch and Friday Night Lights)Nina Seely (Trento), and John Bullington, Executive Chef (Alamo Drafthouse). Live Music: Austin’s own Emmy Award-winning The Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds

Volunteer Shift Number 1: 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. (with break for lunch on your own)

  • Set Up and Prep: Set up tables, decorate, learn a craft you might be doing once the event starts at noon, and prepare to train and hand off your shift to another volunteer in the 2nd shift.
  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating
    kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Working the Pie Walk: Musical chair game for yummy pie!
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.

Volunteer Shift Number 2: 12:45- 3:45 p.m.

  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Handing out pie samples: Arrange pie for judging and attendee pie tasting, help present awards.
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.
  • Breakdown: Breakdown and clean up.

TO REGISTER FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT, APPLY HERE: I Spy Pie! Volunteer Application

Questions? Email: maryalice@theatreactionproject.org.

PS: My favorite pie is lemon meringue. I have a very distinct memory of being kid crying about something on my back porch and the next door neighbor lady had just made a fresh lemon meringue pie. No more tears after that!

 

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Vlog: Art that Inspires

by Will Heath, Teaching Artist at Manor Middle SchoolandMendez Middle School

William Heath is one of our newest additions to the Creative Action team. He’s a jack of many trades having grown up in the jungles of Miami, but most notably a curator, dj, and soon to be gallerist. William loves to draw, dance, and cook. He would love to know what you think about his video blog so comment below!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action.

Read more about our name change.

After School Volunteering Opportunity

by Cassie Swayze, After School Programs Associate AmeriCorps VISTA

Creative Action needs superstar After-School volunteers to assist Teaching Artists in the classroom throughout the school year. Do you love working artistically, helping students, or need a new challenge? This is a great opportunity for students of many disciplines: education, theatre, social work, art, humanities and more!

Volunteering with the Creative Action After-School program entails a once a week commitment in a dynamic after-school class exploring social themes through theatre, art, music, and puppets. As a volunteer you act as an extra pair of hands for one of our Teaching Artists (TAs) in the classroom throughout the Fall semester (September – mid-December). The hours are generally 2:30-5:30PM or 3-6PM weekly. After-School volunteers assist in a wide variety of activities:

  • Prepping art projects
  • Helping film movies
  • Leading games
  • And much, much more!

Here’s what past volunteers said about working with the After-School program:

  • “I loved volunteering at Ojeda. I think I learned more from the kids. The more valued they feel, the more invested they are in the program. [Creative Action] validates these kids’ personal experiences and gives them value.”
  • “One thing I really noticed when working with first graders was how [Creative Action] contributed to their teamwork and sharing…The activities and projects resulted in emerging leadership and individual creativity as the kids began to trust each other, the teacher and their own strengths and abilities.”

Creative Action has after-school programming at over 40 different campuses throughout Austin, Round Rock, Del Valle, Manor, and Bastrop school districts.

Contact Cassie Swayze at cassie@theatreactionproject.org or call (512) 442-8773 x107 for more information or set up an orientation.

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Teaming Up for the New School Year

by Sharon Chin, Texas Tower PR

Hi there! It has been a while since a Tower member wrote a post for Creative Action. In case you forgot, I am Sharon from Texas Tower PR, a student-run PR agency at The University of Texas. Creative Action is actually the oldest client that Tower has! Along with Linda, we are the account executives for this account and we help with all media related projects. It’s great to be back!

As we welcome the change in weather, we are finally getting into the momentum of things as the fall semester begins. After a meeting with Mary Alice Carnes and Erik Weasenforth from Creative Action’s marketing team last week, we can’t wait to get started with the exciting line up of their events. I wanted to fill everyone in on a couple of projects we have in mind. (At Tower, we are still getting used to the name change, but we absolutely love it!)

Before I start talking about our involvement with Creative Action, I would like to introduce our new recruit into the account, Aly Kasberg. You may also like to read more about Tower and our new members here.

To start off, one of our bigger projects this semester will be setting up a press page for the new website. We are currently doing some research and putting together a few options for the page. We are always looking for media attention, so why not make the organization accessible and appealing by laying out the right information? We strive to do just that and we want the media to love us!

Another event that we look forward to is the fall fundraiser, I Spy Pie! Who doesn’t look forward to pie? It’s the perfect fall treat. We aim to secure multiple press coverage for the event as well as record a PSA to be aired on local radio stations. I had lots of fun at audio editing last year and would love to give it another try.

Lastly, everyone in the Creative Action account is excited to be attending the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble next month. Getting first hand experience at such programs is vital to us. It is important to learn more about the organization from within, and it will be a great introduction to the newer members.

It will be a busy semester with Tower, but we look forward to it! We will also be attending the open house on October 4, and we hope to see everyone there.

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Family Fun this Fall at Central Market

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

The weather has begun to cool slightly and there’s been rain in the air. Fall is creeping in, and one of my favorite projects to work on in the fall is coming up Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12-3pm: Creative Action’s 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Central Market North.

This year’s event is the I Spy Pie! and dessert pie is the theme for the bake off. The participating bakeries are:

Guests at the event will try the pies, alongside the following celebrity judges:

Pie-tasting tickets cost $5, which includes a taste of each pie and a voting ticket to help select the winner.

There will be live music from the Biscuit Brothers at noon and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds at 2pm. Meet the bakeries and judges with MC Shana Merlin at 1pm.

Family activities will be available from 12-3 on the lawn, including:

  • Creative Action’s famous giant parachute
  • Face painting
  • Apron decorating
  • Chef’s hat decorating
  • A “pie” walk for prizes
  • Create pie puppets
  • And a help create a community craft pie with Peace Through Pies.

There will also be raffle tickets sold for an amazing Austin Staycation package of prizes.

Hope to see you on October 20!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.