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"The Neighborhood Project" process!

The Neighborhood Project is chugging along and picking up steam at T.A. Brown Elementary!

At our October Family Fun Night, we invited students’ families to join us for a field trip the following week. Lucky for us, we had fantastic weather, and several even more fantastic moms who accompanied us on a trek around our neighborhood. With disposable cameras in hand, students and families documented where it is that we find beauty in the natural habitat/landscape of T.A. Brown’s neighborhood.

Our next step was to review our images, compile a list of what it is that our photography told us about where our class finds beauty in the neighborhood, and start making sketches for large-scale puppets that will celebrate and commemorate our neighborhood in the First Night Austin parade.


We dove right into our puppet construction, with the help of an enormous team of supporters. Volunteers at Community Build Day, guest teaching artists Dustin Wills and Sarah Rinner, and our very own families at Family Fun Night #2, helped to make our visions of giant trees, butterflies, ladybugs, flowers, and squirrels a reality!

We’ve had a great time wandering the outdoors, collecting found objects to reuse and recycle in our puppetry, and getting messy with paper mache; we even got to learn about how it is that scientists learn about the natural world with a special guest at Family Fun Night #2, geologist Patrick Fortson. We can’t wait to show the world what we love about our neighborhood on December 31st in the First Night Austin Grand Procession!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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