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Being Reminded of Amazing Opportunity Creative Action Gives to Austin Artists

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

While at our teacher training this week at Scottish Rite Theater,I was reminded  why Creative Action continues to grow and attract such gifted young artists. Part of the training was to demonstrate to new teachers the power of using teacher-in-role (or acting out a character) to teach a lesson. The demonstration involved using “The Heroes/Los Heroes” show to spotlight how this technique worked. Mitch Bowman and Stephanie Chavez-Noell are the actors in the show and they performed an excerpt. It was great!

The teachers were totally engaged and played the part of Kindergarten students. The story, the humor and the scaffolding of questions built in to the show allow the actors to demonstrate to the children how to solve conflicts at school and at home.

I was so proud of Stephanie and Mitch for carrying on the tradition of “Heroes” just like other shows developed over the years to teach students about such issues as:

  • Conflict resolution,
  • World culture, and
  • Bullying

I understand their commitment to making each show fresh and spontaneous. I was fortunate to perform in “The Heroes/Los Heroes” from 2006-2010. Mitch and Stephanie have added so many nice touches to the performance that it has become uniquely their own.

Once again I was reminded of the amazing opportunity that Creative Action has given to talented Austin artists to practice their craft. Thank you Creative Action!

About The Heroes/Los Heroes

  • 97% of reporting teachers reported they had new tools to help them resolve classroom conflict
  • 60% of teachers saw an increase in students engaging in a four-step conflict resolution process during any given week since receiving the Heroes program.
  • 89% of participating teachers reported their students have been using vocabulary from the program to help them resolve conflict in the classroom

Bagavagabonds and Creative Action: “Produce with a Purpose Day” Project in Austin

Bagavagbonds artists visited Manor Middle School yesterday to work with Creative Action teaching artist Will Heath and his students on murals to be displayed at Art Migration Austin (presented by smart USA) in a couple days (read more about the Art Migration event here).

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I Spy Pie! Our Wonderful Experience and Event Recap

by Alyssa Ely, Texas Tower PR

This past weekend was Creative Action’s huge fall event I Spy Pie! located at Central Market. The weather was perfect for the family-fun activities offered such as crafts, games, face painting, live music, and of course, pie tasting!

The festivities kicked off at noon including a wonderful performance by the Emmy Award winning duo The Biscuit Brother’s, who did a great job getting the children up off their feet singing and dancing along to the music. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when they had a song about watermelons and needed a participant to count to ten in a language other than English. An adorable little girl stood up, took the microphone and started counting in Arabic and Chinese. It was very impressive.

By 12: 30 p.m., people were lining up to get their tickets to taste the wonderful pies that were offered by Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Madison Street Desserts, Tiny Pies and Texas Pie Kitchen. Many UT student organizations, including Tower PR, were there to volunteer at the craft and pie tasting booths.

The two awards up for grabs were Judges Favorite and the People’s Choice. After everyone tasted the contestant’s pies, they were able to cast their vote for which they thought had the tastiest pies. Our three celebrity pie tasting judges Jim Swift, Nina Seely and John Bullington, Executive Chef had a really hard time awarding their favorite pie. They were all so delicious!

The enthusiasm at the event was lively and appetites for pie were at an ultimate high. As the pies underneath the tasting tent began to dwindle down to only crumbs, the awards were announced. Tiny Pies won the People’s Choice award for their delicious Bourbon Buttermilk Chess pie and Madison Street Desserts took home the Judges Favorite award for their Meyer Lemon Meringue pie (which was my personal favorite too!)

It was an amazing day for everyone and how could it get better when we get to taste the best pies in town! A huge thanks to Central Market and all of the bakeries involved for their support towards a great cause!

We’ve Got the Pie, Games, and Crafts. Now All We Need Is You!

by Mitch Harris, Community Relations Intern

There are few things I love more than pie.  However, when you take pie, add games, music, and arts and crafts, you’ve really hit the jackpot.

Unfortunately though, I’m a bit too old to run underneath a parachute like these guys or wear a crazy colored giant paper bag hat while gorging on pie any old day.

Good thing that’s where I Spy Pie! comes in.

I Spy Pie! is our fall fundraiser complete with live music, games, and crafts aimed at children and families, but there’s no reason the young at heart can’t get into the fun by volunteering.

Creative Action is currently seeking volunteers on Oct. 20 to help run the events and stations that will overtake Central Market on North Lamar.  We need the following:

  • Parachute lifters as children run and giggle underneath
  • Pie passer-outers to decide who in fact has the best pie
  • Face painters to turn humans into lions, tiger, and bears (oh my!)
  • Hat creators to crown the heads of volunteers and participants alike
  • Puppet makers to bring ideas to life
  • Apron decorators to create one of a kind masterpieces
  • Musical chair maestros to run the game while players compete for pie
  • Donation grabbers to help us reach our fundraising goals
  • Setter uppers and tearer downers to make sure everything runs smoothly
  • And more!

It will be a whirlwind of live music, delicious pie, and family fun.

There will be two shifts.  One from 9:45-1:45 and another from 12:45-3:45.  Only a few hours can not only change your Saturday for the better, but also change someone’s life.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift today!

P.S. My favorite pie is Pecan because a few years ago, I was put in charge of baking pies for a Thanksgiving my friends were hosting. After pulling an all-nighter trying not to screw up or burn one, I finally made a pristine pecan pie and my friends were convinced I was a culinary genius.

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.

Changing Lives Members Bond Over Common Interests

by Madi, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble

Fall in Austin is here once again, that means a new season of Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble (Changing Lives) has begun.

A unique group of creative teens congregates to collaborate on ideas for a new script to tour in the fall. Before we get that far in our creative process, we have to bond as an ensemble.

That could be difficult for a group of teenagers that are at first strangers to do fairly quickly, but for Changing Lives members it’s not a daunting task. We are brought together by theatre and a common interest in social welfare. As a 3rd year Changing Lives member, this is what brings me back each year. The journey each year is unique; there will never be another group that is the same as the last. Ideas and opinions will differ with the exclusive collaboration of ideas and minds of each year.

I have met the most clever, gifted, and inventive people in Changing Lives, I feel honored to have been able to work with them all. The year ahead is very promising and I’m excited to see what it has in store for the ensemble.