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What is Creative Action?

Creative Action uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, Creative Action’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

To find out more about each of our programs, visit Our Programs pages.

Creative Artists are people who:

  • Express their thoughts, opinions and feelings through an artistic medium.
  • Recognize the ability of art to affect positive change in the community.
  • Engage in teamwork as they collaborate with peers to complete projects.
  • Take risks.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness by building something out of nothing.

Courageous Allies are people who:

  • Recognize injustice (i.e. bullying, harassment, abuse).
  • Demonstrate empathy for others who are targets of injustice.
  • Identify themselves as a courageous bystander and address injustices.
  • Model positive behavior and refrain from bullying and abusive behavior.
  • Offer support and align one’s self with marginalized people.
  • Identify conflict and find peaceful solutions through learning a process of conflict resolution.

Critical Thinkers are people who:

  • Understand diverse perspectives.
  • Evaluate the consequences of their choices.
  • Use communication skills to make sense of ideas and express themselves.
  • Analyze texts/media for greater meaning.
  • Identify bias in a story by looking through different critical lenses.
  • Actively question and engage in their world.

Confident Leaders are people who:

  • Demonstrate community consciousness by designing creative projects aimed at addressing a need in that community.
  • Set goals and make plans to achieve them.
  • Inspire and encourage others.
  • Show resiliency in times of challenge.

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