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Art for Charity Photos

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

Congratulations to  Creative Action teaching artist Lindsay Palmer and her second grade class from Del Valle Elementary for their Art for Charity showing last night at Tiny Park Gallery. The students featured original artwork by with all sales benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Save the Children. Special thanks to Tiny Park Gallery for helping us with this event!

Here are few photos from the showing. To see more photos from the event go to our Flickr album.

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Abstract artwork by Del Valle Elementary 2nd graders displayed at Tiny Park Gallery.

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Left: A series of hero comics Right: Collaborative wood artwork.
Created by Lindsay Palmer’s Del Valle Elementary 2nd grade class.

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

High Gear Creative Time

by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger

In just one week, it will be time to celebrate Thanksgiving. With November moving by so fast, December is going to be here before we know it. When it comes time for these last two months of the year, my creative process kicks it into high gear, creating for friends and family.

Last month, I had the opportunity to talk about refurbishment of items others have thrown or given away. The holidays are the perfect time to use this creative license that we each possess and recreate something amazing.

This year, I am using quite a few of these great resources to recreate unique and lovely gifts for my family and friends. I just recently finished working on a Christmas ornament for a customer in Chicago. I use graffiti and Christmas bulbs from a thrift store and create one-of-a-kind pieces for them.

There are a few places that I like to really search for items to help recreate, including:

1. Thrift Stores – Thrift stores are often times filled with many items at this time of year, as people clear out their homes before more arrives to replace it. At thrift stores, there are a million things imaginative; some of my favorites are coffee cups, old plain Christmas bulbs, paintings, etc.

2. Garage sales – Though it is getting a little late in the year for garage sales, I know that the warm weather in Austin keeps them going.

3. Antique Markets

4. Flea Markets

5. And last but not least…the Trash!

All of these places take a creative mind to try and see what can be made (and with Pinterest there are endless opportunities for creative inspiration). Creative Action uses these creative skills to recreate everyday. Call Mary Alice Carnes at 512 442-8773 x 104 to take the opportunity to volunteer and see how these amazing individuals use their creative skills everyday.

Check out my blog to see my creative process, what new items are making an appearance, and what is happening in the life of this artist.

Bagavagabonds Art Migration

Join us for Bagavagabonds Art Migration, Saturday, November 10 presented by smart

With original Artwork selling for $100 or less
All art
proceeds benefit Creative Action.


Show: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Empire Automotive
604 E. 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

For ages 21 and over

www.bagavagabonds.com

RSVP here

HOSTED BAR and Savory Treats
Live Performances by East Side Dandies and ((sounder))
Special Guest DJ’s
Feast your eyes on TRIP – A Projected Virtual Ride by Really Big Video (PDX)
Come clean in the smart Confessional
Leave your mark on the ‘COLOR ME WALL’
Crank the Old-Fashioned Letter Press
Toot the Horn Organ created by Ace San Miguel
Bring your favorite Austin trinkets or chotchkies to add the Souvenir smart

Sign up to volunteer from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Volunteer Activities:

  • Assist at the silent auction table of fun donated gallery art items
  • Assist the car activations area, guiding those taking part in the presentation of a sponsor smart (car)
  • Front of house, running the door/RSVP list

To volunteer, contact: Mary Alice Carnes, maryalice@theatreactionproject.org

New World Kids Engages Children with Creative Thinking

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

Creative Action is implementing a new class into our programming, New World Kids.  We were fortunate to work with the creators of this program in August where 16 of our teaching artists were trained on the New World Kids (NWK) curriculum for 4 – 6 year olds.  NWK engages children with the creative thinking process by exploring the Sensory Alphabet, including:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Rhythm
  • Space
  • Color, and more.

The program helps develop students’ skills in symbolizing, understanding and communicating ideas through various art and digital media. Throughout the program, our teaching artists document students’ creative works and share their discoveries with parents during a final exhibition of art.  This program is being offered to the Gullett Elementary pre-K students as part of our larger afterschool program, as well as a few other pre-K afterschool classes at AISD campuses.

P.S. Today, my favorite kind of pie is homemade apple pie, warm out of the oven.

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.

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.

Hammers and Nails

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

I recently attended the Texas Juvenile Justice Summit, a week-long conference for people who work with court involved youth. It was an incredible experience to be among so many people who are working hard to help young people make more positive decisions and overcome the roadblocks they experience on their path to healthy relationships and bright futures.

I was the only person attending the conference from an arts organization – which was actually great! Everyone I connected with was very impressed with Theatre Action Project’s dedication to working with these youth and expressed their confidence in the New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble to affect change in the lives of these students. I sought out and soaked up every bit of knowledge from the Probation Officers, Casework Managers, Detention Guards and Social Workers who I had the pleasure of meeting. During the conference, one thing became abundantly clear:

TAP’s work to intervene in the lives of youthful offenders begins far before they get involved in the court system. As an entire team of staff, teaching artists, volunteers, etc., working to achieve our mission of activating the academic, social and emotional development of young people we are giving the all of our students the tools they need to live healthy and productive lives.

This realization hit me during an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Steve Parese. During the speech, he stated, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

In childhood education is essential to diverting youth from the system. One simple statement, he affirmed all of the work we do here: Every effort we make as a company is to equip students with the tools they need to succeed, so they have a variety of tools to access in the myriad of situations they will encounter in their lives. This starts the moment we step into any classroom to serve our youth no matter what their age. Another affirmation of TAP’s work came through one of the refrains of the conference: Early childhood education is essential to diverting youth from the system.

So, to truly impact the level of juvenile crime in Austin, we must continue to ensure our Elementary and Middle and High School Programs are functioning as a team. One of the most shocking tidbits of information I learned at the conference was that the state estimates the number of prison beds they will need by assessing how many 3rd grade students are unable to read.

So this is the work we do. From our Pre-K classrooms all the way through our New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble, we are committed to giving students tools to navigate this tricky world. We teach them there is no need to use a hammer when glue will do just as well. And we know that if we give them the best variety of tools possible, the community they build for us will be something to behold.

Read more about the New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble and support received from Impact Austin.