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Tweet Tweet! Creative Action Calling

by Mitch Harris, Community Relations Intern

I first had a taste of social media in 8th grade. I set up a very primitive blog that explored the deep issues of sleepovers, basketball games, and 13-year-old infatuation. However trivial, this bit of social media expanded my horizons and helped me learn there was a much bigger world out there.

Now I can hardly live without my social media in my everyday life. I use it to:

  • Get information,
  • Plan events,
  • Talk with friends,
  • and most importantly, to expand opportunities to reach out beyond myself.

I would never have heard of Creative Action without social media. Their events of Facebook, blog posts, and YouTube videos got me interested in what Creative Action was doing and inspired me to apply to work here.

Now I do the very thing that attracted me in the first place–social media.

I honestly believe that there is never a shortage of people wanting to get involved, there is just a disconnect in reaching them. It’s not about trying to get people to an event, but rather about meeting them where they are. It’s my job to do that

So I tweet at our 860+ Twitter followers to make sure they know what’s going on with us. I update our Facebook page so that our 1200+ fans can get involved with our future events. I upload photos to our Flickr so that everyone can see the hard, but totally fun work our teaching artists are doing.

Social media is our primary means of volunteer recruitment, so don’t be afraid to tweet us, write on our wall, or send us some photos. It would make our day.

TAP’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival a Success

“Texas Angel” by Dobie Middle School’s Lorena Castillo

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work this past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival, at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their work from the year in front of family and friends.
Schools featured at the festival included:

Check out some of the photos from the event on Facebook!

Now that we’re finishing our end of year presentations and the school year is winding down, we’re busy preparing for summer camp!  Where will you be this summer?

Autumn

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

Copyright by Amanda Davis, Mandolin Artworks

I watch as a leaf floats to the ground amongst its other fellow leaves. Today is the start of my favorite season, autumn. I have been absolutely in love with this season my whole life. The crisp air, beautiful orange, yellow and red leaves, and being able to wear jeans and a light jacket just brings me so much joy and elation. A year ago, I was working in upstate New York during this period (which is absolutely gorgeous in the fall); little did I know that in autumn 2011 I would get the opportunity to experience this great season in Austin, TX.

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Back to School

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

I know it may seem strange, but I have always loved getting ready for school to start back up after summer break. I remember being a child and getting very excited about picking out my school supplies, and I hate to shop. But, picking out the right pens and pencils was something I looked forward to all summer. Every year, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to pick out the perfect binder. The best one I ever bought was a Transformers Trapper Keeper I got in 5th grade!

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Palm Connection Program Helps TAP Connect to Community


Seven excited Theatre Action Project staff members recently received free Palm Pre Plus smart phones with $300 of Verizon prepaid service through the Palm Connections program.

Palm Connections approached TAP with an opportunity to share their stories of community-based involvement not only locally, but globally.

Palm Pre’s aim of the program is “to help people connect better and show them how a simple yet powerful mobile device can enable grassroots causes to achieve great things.”

TAP requested seven smart phones: five for staff members and two for the teaching artists. With the Palm Connection application, the staff was able to show how TAP makes a difference in the Austin community by sending tweets and updates to Facebook using their phones.

With the help of their new phones, the teaching artists were also able to take photos and videos that captured the work they do in the classrooms and then upload it immediately to TAP’s Facebook page.

By being part of the Palm Connection programs, TAP also gained access to a new audience of very encouraged and engaged fans. They are featured prominently across Palm’s social media outlets, namely its’ Facebook page and its’ Twitter feed.

There were no strings attached to this program, the staff had to simply keep an active online presence, which enabled them to connect with more people in the community. They were even allowed to use the phones for personal use.

“This application has really forced us to take a look at our social media platform, what can we improve, what is working and what isn’t” said Sarah Garza, former TAP VISTA. Sarah helped coordinate this opportunity for TAP.

Find out more about the Palm Facebook Application and follow video posts uploaded by Theatre Action Project here.

Are you a nonprofit that has benefited from the Palm Connections program? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know how they have benefited your organization.

Written by:
Sharon Chin