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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

Using Music to Tell Stories

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

One Person’s Junk is Another Person’s Treasure

by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger

In the last 7 months since finishing my service year at Creative Action, I have been hard at work learning more about my own creative power to take something that someone else might see as trash and turn it into something beautiful.

Refurbishment of the items that we already have in this world is such a critical aspect to take into mind. When you get the chance to look at something in shambles and that some people think is junk, and then get the chance to create it into something new it brings about such a great joy. I recently watched a video, which I found while reading a blog about this young lady who searched through the dump for bike parts. She would take apart a bike and then turn those pieces into beautiful chandeliers. She used her creative power to take someone else’s trash and create it into a beautiful piece of art.

This month, I am working towards the recreation process of items that just needed a little tender, loving care. At a yard sale last month, I picked up what used to be someone’s jewelry box that they had decoupaged magazine and family pictures onto. I have begun the process of tearing it apart and sanding it down to its original wood. Then, I will add on new hardware and stain it to become a beautiful piece. I hope that this great box will then become a new vintage style box purse for a new owner. (I will add a finished photo in the next blog I write).

Every time I get ready to start a new project, I always think about how Creative Action has been working with recycling of items and creating new from old. If you ever want the chance to see how the recreation projects from Creative Action turn out, just take the opportunity to head out this weekend to I Spy Pie! at Central Market.

P.S. I have two favorite pies in my life, apple pie and pumpkin pie. Both have always reminded me so much fall and time spent with family.

Vlog: Art that Inspires

by Will Heath, Teaching Artist at Manor Middle SchoolandMendez Middle School

William Heath is one of our newest additions to the Creative Action team. He’s a jack of many trades having grown up in the jungles of Miami, but most notably a curator, dj, and soon to be gallerist. William loves to draw, dance, and cook. He would love to know what you think about his video blog so comment below!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action.

Read more about our name change.

Excitement for New School Year

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

I’m very excited about this new school year! I’m leaving the Del Valle ISD and returning to the Austin ISD.  I will be teaching at three schools nearer to my home: Barrington Elementary, Wooten Elementary and Gullett Elementary. I’m particularly excited about teaching at Gullett. This is a new school for us and it is fee-based. Not only does this help bring in new revenue for our organization, but it can help bring in new Summer Camp students and supporters.

I’m also excited about my new Dell laptop. This will allow me to do video editing and expand my tools that I use with the students. I’ve already been working with the Windows Live Movie Maker software and I’m ready for the new challenge. Hopefully we’ll have a wonderful video to share with everyone later this year.

AmeriCorps Works Video Contest

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

This past month, I worked on a video project to submit to the 2012 AmeriCorps Video Contest. The theme for the contest is “AmeriCorps Works” so I tried to communicate:

  • The diversity of people who work for AmeriCorps and their effect on  their communities
  • Who we serve
  • The variety of locations served in communities across America (including different cities and variety of organizations being helped)

I ended up having Mary Alice Carnes, my AmeriCorps VISTA supervisor and fellow Theatre Action Project (TAP) coworker, give a great quick speech in my video on how the AmeriCorps VISTA program helps us out at TAP.

Public voting is currently open from now until September 1st, and I’d appreciate any votes to help me win this competition.

To vote, follow this link: http://bit.ly/ORjRrM. Click vote, fill out the form and it will send you an email to confirm your vote. Make sure to confirm your vote or it won’t become official!

Here’s the video:

I’d like to thank everyone who was in my video as well as a special thanks to Lance McNeil, a VISTA at Foundation Communities, for helping me with great ideas and for creating the music for the video.

End of Year Spring Showcase, Preparing for Summer

by Freddy Carnes, Artistic Associate

On May 9th we had our end of the year showcase at Popham Elementary in Del Valle. At the showcase we featured the following:

  • A video that we made earlier in the semester about “The Odyssey” ending with a live performance of “Circe’s Island” by 3rd grade.
  • Live performances of scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” by 2nd Grade
  • 4th grade performed “Hamlet” and 5th grade performed “Romeo and Juliet”.

Ballet Folklorico rehearses on the stage right before we rehearse so we have had an audience every day.  We seem to be peaking at the right time so that makes it very satisfying.

As this Spring Semester ends we begin preparing for summer at Theatre Action Project (TAP), this is one of the busiest times of year.  I love doing the summer camps and getting the opportunity to collaborate with other TAP teachers.  I love the routine and ebb and flow of each week with the Friday sharings.

This summer I have added a new exciting program.  We got a request from Stepping Stone School to bring a program that was half performance and storytelling and the other half teaching and directing.  I will go to 14 Stepping Stone schools mainly in July and in two-hour blocks create a short version of “The Odyssey” and “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” with 15 children in each hour.  This includes full costumes and props and staging.  We will learn short Shakespearean speeches and songs.  I can’t wait!

If you’re preparing for the summer too and want your 5 to 12 year old to do a fun and engaging program, join us at TAP Summer Camp. To register, CLICK HERE.