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Joy and Community at the Youth Arts Festival

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Manager

Theatre Action Project’s 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival was certainly something to celebrate this past Saturday at the George Washington Carver Museum. Several middle and high school youth and TAP Teaching Artists showcased their work at the festival for a full house of students, parents, and families.

Before a single presentation happened however Sarah Rinner, TAP’s Elementary School Program Director, led all participating festival students in a series of fun warm up exercises to help energize the group and shake away any last minute nervousness.

Marcelo Teson Teaching Artist talks about Del Valle Middle School film "The Queen

As promised, the performances were as diverse in their celebration of art, which included stop-motion film, light-box animation, videos, dance, plays about friendship and healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Volunteers once again supported the festival with equal joy. Several individuals and the Junior League of Austin braved Austin traffic and thick humidity to set up, greet students, fold programs and usher, serve pizza and snacks throughout the day, and clean up and load out.

My favorite part of the festival was the communal celebration of art in all is forms. The post showcase entertainment provided by Diverse Effect Skate Crew and Free Angola Capoeira Society also gave us a fun platform to express our passion.

Here are a few photos from the day from photographers Amanda Davis, Carol Acurso and yours truly.  Enjoy!

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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