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A Paint-ful Volunteer!

By: Chelsea Gilman, Business and Development Associate
When I think about all of our volunteers, I am so thankful for their hard work and how much we are able to accomplish because of them.

Every week we have volunteers at the office, at school programs, and at events.  They create props, organize and input data, help with our Teaching Artists and so much more. They are helping us accomplish a higher capacity of projects with kids and families at a level we would otherwise not be able to reach.

This past Friday, May 13, several TAP employees, including myself, got the chance to participate in our own volunteer project. The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas set up a spring service day benefiting Winn Elementary School. Over 200 volunteers, whom came from several organizations around Austin, worked on many projects that ranged from creating a mosaic in front of the school, landscaping around the school, and painting 3 murals inside the school.

Kelly (left) and I with one of the finished murals
Theatre Action Project was in charge of helping volunteers with the painting of the murals. We painted two in the gym and one in the hallway. The paintings were fully of color and active volunteers more than ready to help spruce up.
I had a wonderful time helping paint and listening to the comments kids would make as they walked by. The staff and kids at Winn were so excited for the new murals, many times throughout the day you would hear the kids say “thank you” or just “whoa!” The school is already full of fun murals, but I know we added much needed vibrancy to the gym and hallway.

It feels good to be a volunteer and makes you appreciate so much more about people that come and volunteer here. In addition, it feels good to get a yummy box lunch and Amy’s Ice Cream.

What a great Friday!  To top it all off, I headed back to the office to send off a grant application that afternoon.  Fingers crossed!

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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