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An Example of Courage in Action in Austin

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Manager
I’m not sure how many of you caught the wonderful article in the Austin-American Statesman this weekend about the fabulous sons of singer songwriter Monte Warden, Van and Sam Warden. The article, by Denise Gamino is beautiful and inspiring.

The story talks about the brother’s graduation this past weekend from Stephen F. Austin High School and how each will be moving onto different life paths. The fact that both brothers were graduating together is inspiring to be sure, but it was also how their love and care for each other has already shaped them into strong men and passionate leaders. The pair protested at a local movie theater a few years ago because of a film’s use of language around a character with disabilities. There were protests around the country about the film.

At Theatre Action Project, the program Courage in Action helps students understand what it is to be courageous leaders in our community. If you ask me Van and Sam are certainly great examples of courage and leadership for all of us. I grew up hearing my mother saying “charity begins at home” and that seems to be very true for the Wardens. Their passion has deepened beyond their front door from seeing a problem to taking action.

Read the Statesman article here and tell me what you think. What other examples of courage and leadership in our community can you see and share?

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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