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Teens Create at the 2012 Youth Arts Symposium

Join us for Creative Action’s
Youth Arts Symposium
Saturday, December 1
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
FREE! Includes lunch!
Open to all Middle and High School students in the Austin area.

Workshops in: Theatre, Dance, and
Visual Art taught by professional artists.

Location:
Lamar Middle School
6201 Wynona Avenue Austin, TX 78757
MAP  http://goo.gl/maps/RPIQD

To register, contact Stephanie Noell.  Email: stephanie@creativeaction.org
or call, 512-442-8773 ext. 123.   Register now!

Interested in volunteering at the Youth Arts Symposium?
Needed are 5 adult volunteers to help with this event. That offers workshops for  Middle school and High school students in the Austin area in Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art
Volunteer Duties:
  • Serve as monitors in workshop classrooms
  • Help set up and clean up from lunch
  • Hang out in the classes and just enjoy being a part of the kids creating amazing art, theatre and dance.
To volunteer, contact Mary Alice Carnes.

Art for Charity: Del Valle Students Support St. Jude’s Hospital and Save the Children

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

A 2nd grade class at Del Valle Elementary will be presenting a charity art show of their original work to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Save the Children. The class is part of Creative Action’s After School program. Lindsay Palmer, Creative Action Teaching Artist, leads the Del Valle students who want to support charity with the proceeds from their art. The art show is set for November 29th at Tiny Park Gallery. The exhibit will feature collaborative abstract work in wood and fabric assemblage, printmaking, and painting, as well as a variety of art zines featuring hero comics, Dada poetry, scary stories, and texture/print explorations.

When I floated the idea of a charity art show by my students, they were really responsive. They decided to raise money for sick kids and kids with no homes.  They really liked the idea of helping other kids get clean drinking water and go to school.

Palmer’s Del Valle class of second graders recently won a food drive contest through Bennu Coffee benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. Palmer’s class contributed 51 dry goods winning gift certificates to Hoboken Pies and Russell’s Bakery. The class is looking forward to enjoying pizza and cookies at the end of the semester.

The public is invited to the charity art show Thursday, November 29th from 7-10 p.m. at Tiny Park Gallery, 1101 Navasota Street, Suite 2, Austin, TX 78702 across from Hillside Farmacy at the corner of Rosewood and Navasota. 

In 2011-2012, Creative Action After School served 75 sites in 6 school districts in the greater Austin area, reaching 5,400 students.

“What I like about Creative Action is how we learned to work as a team.” – After School student

We Spied Pie!

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Congratulations Judges Favorite Award Winner – Madison Street Desserts and  their Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

It was a fun and successful day at I Spy Pie!, our fun fall fundraiser, at Central Market. We rocked it with so many pie fans supporting Creative Action who purchased pie tasting cards that gave them a chance to sample 10 delicious pies presented by our five bakery participants: Tiny Pies, Texas Pie Kitchen, Central Market Cooking School, Central Market Bakery and Madison Street Desserts. Many thanks our wonderful MC Shana Merlin and to the fun music from Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds.

Thank you to our sponsors: Do512 Family, Central Market, H-E-B, Austin City Limits, Austin Family Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, Madison Street Desserts, Peace Through Pie, Texas Pie Kitchen Tiny Pies, Trace, and Trophyology.

Congratulations People’s Choice Award Winner – Tiny Pies and  Bourbon and their Buttermilk Chess pie

Pie judges (l-r) Jim Swift, Nina Seely, and John Bullington. Not pictured, Virginia B. Wood.

Big THANKS to all volunteers for making this a fun and smoothly-run event: Corinna  Archer, Pam Archer, Texas Tower PR, Racimony Hun, Lauren Luscombe, John Green, Karen Vinson, 4-H Capital, Austin Community College, ACE: A Community for Education, Austin Kiwanis Young Professionals, Bank of America, Chi Beta Delta, CMC eBiz, Dell | Global Communications, Diversys Learning, Dun & Bradstreet, East Avenue Lounge, Hire Priority Staffing, Longhorn Outreach, Texas Longhorn National Residence Hall Honorary, Real Role Models, St. Edward’s University, Stony Point High School, Sustainable Food Center, Tau Beta Pi, Texas Alpha Phi Omega, Texas Zephyrs, UT Austin, The Long Center, Tickled Ivories, Texas Longhorn Chapter- UT Austin, Westwood High School, Women in Medicine-UT Austin, Ann Graham, Susan Kirr, and Amy Averett, Carol Park Acurso, Alicia Santana and so many more wonderful individuals who made paper bag hats, served up pie, wrote pie poems, ran our parachute game and pie walk, painted faces, and made crafted kid-sized aprons. Thank you!

Ready to relive all the fun pie memories?
Check out our Facebook and Flickr albums. What was your favorite part of I Spy Pie!?

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.