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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.

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

My Weekend as an Austin Kiddie Limits Volunteer

by Austin Malcolm, Texas Tower PR

This past weekend was the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), one of the biggest music festivals in the nation in Zilker Park. Every year, an area of the park is sectioned off for Austin Kiddie Limits (AKL), a kid-friendly environment that includes a stage for bands like School of Rock and Rocknoceros and tents/tables set up by many children orientated organizations. This year, Creative Action (partnered with H-E-B) hosted the Alter Ego Factory, a magical machine that allows kids to meet a variety of fantastical characters that will help them discover their inner Alter Ego. The factory was a hit and at one point had a line stretching across the AKL grounds.

As a volunteer, I can say that I had just as much fun participating in the factory as I did at any of the concerts at ACL.

Friday morning, after making it through the crazy sequence of buses and shuttles to reach Zilker Park and across the vast fields of people, I finally found myself at the Austin Kiddie Limits. Dressed up as the “Cool Blue Beach-Lover” I was overwhelmed with what my eyes saw. The simple white tent provided for the event was turned into this wonderful headquarters decked out with beeping gizmos and blinking doo-hickies, something only a mad scientist could dream up.

All of us volunteers were dressed up in some of our best costumes and ready to unleash everyone’s alter egos:

  • Kids were rushing in with their alter ego name cards ready to design the look of their alter ego, which was described as “adjective, adverb, noun.” For example, “Beautiful jumping princess.”
  • After they created their alter ego, they got their face painted and then finally receive the much-desired piece of costume their alter ego needed, whether it was a cape for the super heroes or lots of fur for the pop star divas.

As with everyone who’s ever worked with children before, its a lot of hard work, especially when there’s close to 100 of them; but in the end, it was definitely worth it to know that the kids who attended ACL/AKL were leaving with crafting experience, knowledge of some new vocabulary, and of course, a smile on their face (as well as some painted shapes.) We’re ready to come back next year for more creative fun!

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.

Connect with Your Inner pie: Volunteer at I Spy Pie!

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Creative Action (formerly Theatre Action Project) needs your pie-ness. This is creativeness with all things pie for our fall fundraiser, I Spy Pie! Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and have fun and help us select the best pie in Austin, we’d love to have you sign up to volunteer. The event features fun family activities, arts and crafts for all ages, pie tastings, and bragging rights for the best pie in Austin. Sign up for 1 or 2 shifts. It’s easy as pie!

Celebrity Judges:  Jim Swift (KXAN-TV), actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Fletch and Friday Night Lights)Nina Seely (Trento), and John Bullington, Executive Chef (Alamo Drafthouse). Live Music: Austin’s own Emmy Award-winning The Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds

Volunteer Shift Number 1: 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. (with break for lunch on your own)

  • Set Up and Prep: Set up tables, decorate, learn a craft you might be doing once the event starts at noon, and prepare to train and hand off your shift to another volunteer in the 2nd shift.
  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating
    kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Working the Pie Walk: Musical chair game for yummy pie!
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.

Volunteer Shift Number 2: 12:45- 3:45 p.m.

  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Handing out pie samples: Arrange pie for judging and attendee pie tasting, help present awards.
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.
  • Breakdown: Breakdown and clean up.

TO REGISTER FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT, APPLY HERE: I Spy Pie! Volunteer Application

Questions? Email: maryalice@theatreactionproject.org.

PS: My favorite pie is lemon meringue. I have a very distinct memory of being kid crying about something on my back porch and the next door neighbor lady had just made a fresh lemon meringue pie. No more tears after that!

 

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Back to Basics: Volunteer

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
The first day of school comes with so much anticipation and excitement. Reconnecting with old friends and making new friends used to make me so nervous every year. One thing I’ve noticed as an adult–many years out of the classroom–is how many people use going back to school time as a way to renew commitments. As you get back into a set routine this fall, consider adding volunteer service to Theatre Action Project to your list of must-do’s for this school year. Volunteering is a great way to get back to the basics of service, giving back and serving an inspiring mission:

Theatre Action Project uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

In 2011-2012, Theatre Action Project volunteers gave an average of 229 hours a month in our After School programs, at events, creating journals and crafts for our TAP in the Classroom programs, database management and social media. For our TAP Summer Camp, 22 volunteers gave over 1002 hours in just a few short weeks, assistant Teaching Artists with camps such as Songs for the Stage, Puppetpalooza, Rhythm and Drums, Playmakers, and more at several locations. What a great way to spend your summer and brighten children’s lives!

You have several volunteer options:

1) be a volunteer willing to take on a single project,

2) be “on tap” for projects as they come up, consider a more committed relationship as a TAP Volunteer Project Leader and recruit and lead your own project and TAP volunteers for specific tasks, or

3) as an After School volunteer assigned to a specific campus for the semester assisting a Teaching Artist.

If you are interested in getting back to the basics, please send us an e-mail about your volunteer interest and availability:  maryalice@theatreactionproject.org.

SAVE THE DATE! 
For TAP’s Open House on Thursday, October 4th. Learn all there is to learn about Theatre Action Project and find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you! Enjoy some food and refreshments, network, enjoy, and make new friends. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

PS: On my very first day at school as a five-year old (just before I turned six), my Mom didn’t know if the school provided lunch for us or if I needed a sack lunch. It was the best bag of grapes I’d ever eaten.

Become a Volunteer Project Leader

by Katie Grills, Community Relations AmeriCorps VISTA

It’s here—a new school year, which means Theatre Action Project (TAP) needs your help in August to begin preparing for the excitement of fall and next spring. Here are some ways to get involved this month.

Become a 2012-2013 TAP Volunteer Project Leader
TAP seeks enthusiastic, committed volunteers to become Volunteer Project Leaders (VPLs) for the upcoming school year. We have a number of projects that will require dedicated attention from talented leaders this year. Here are some of the opportunities:

  • TAP in the Community VPL: Assist with making of volunteer silly hats for Fall Fundraiser and help with other crafts.
  • TAP in the Classroom Supply VPL: Oversee production of Mission Logs and Friendship Bracelets for the semester.
  • Screen Printing VPL: Assist with occasional Screen Printing projects, including gathering and training volunteer assistants.
  • Other opportunities to come.

Email Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director, maryalice@theatreactionproject.org, for more information on how to become a VPL for this school year.

Help TAP After School Gear Up for Fall Semester
We need energetic, enthusiastic volunteers to help our TAP After-School programming staff. Volunteers will assist in our supply organizing: crayons, markers, pens, pencils, puppets, and more. Must be ready to go into classrooms with our fabulous Teaching Artists. Please email Cassie Swayze at cassie@theatreactionproject.org for more information or schedule a time to volunteer.

Be a Fall TAP in the Classroom Marketing Assistant
Are you gifted at speaking with people you’ve never met http://theatreactionproject.org/before? Do you have solid sales skills? We are looking for a few volunteers to call elementary school principals, librarians, and K-1st grade teachers about bringing our Heroes program to their schools. Each volunteer will be coached on what to say in the phone call and will receive a script for extra guidance.

These calls need to be made between August 20-24, so don’t delay! Set up your time to volunteer with Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA, at katie@theatreactionproject.org.