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A Raven, The Titan Machine and Julio

by Griffin Mauser, Teaching Artist
Youth Arts Festival 2011 Featured Schools – Decker Middle School, Manor New Tech High School
When you join us for Theatre Action Project’s Youth Arts Festival on May 21st, look for the photographs of special murals on display courtesy of TAP Teaching Artist Griffin Mauser. Below are Griffin’s reflections about these works.

What Makes the Best Raven? Decker Middle School
The Masterpiece class created this mural after determining what made the best Decker Middle School “Raven.” We outlined the silhouette of the piece and filled it in with symbols representing the qualities of a great raven: honesty, courage, ambition, athleticism, spirit, mystery, love of learning, achievement, curiosity, tolerance and community.
As a STEM school, Manor New Tech High School students recognized the process of refining a middle school student through science, technology, engineering and math to produce fully functioning Titans. The process is represented in overlapping images of gears, retorts, microscope and camera in three tones of blue. The fine silver of the raw student is tested, tried, transformed and “projected” into the future.
Julio Zavala, Masterpiece Class, Decker Middle School
From the first day at Decker Middle School, Julio has participated fully, attended faithfully and applied the principles of art to his own work. Despite tedium, discomfort, and a shifting membership, Julio focused his attention on developing his talents and supporting the community of artists however irregular their attendance.
Join us on May 21st to see our film at Theatre Action Project’s Youth Arts Festival at the George Washington Carver History Museum, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702-2034 (map). The fun starts at 1 p.m. and it’s FREE!

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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