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From Trash to Treasures: Making Art

By: Emily Tindall, Program Manager

Throughout my time here at Theatre Action Project, I have often thought …” wait, we’re making WHAT?” Never before have I been surrounded by such creative, capable, artists. This year I have seen TAP Staff create beautiful pieces of art, giant puppets, and about a zillion other things out of virtually nothing. This has been a truly impressive thing to watch because not only are they creating beautiful artwork, they’re making it out of what some might deem nothing more than trash, and using their intuition to guide them in their process. I have never heard a TAP staffer say “that’s just too hard,” or “I can’t make that, that’s just impossible.” An alligator out of foam and fabric? An owl out of a parasol? A full size bull out of Papier-mâché? You betcha!

Watching these transformations from trash to treasure have been some of my favorite experiences working for TAP. I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by folks with a “can do” mindset, who never blink an eye at a difficult project. I truly believe that this is what is at the core of TAP, and it has propelled us forward to where we are as an organization now.  I know that this will continue to serve us as we deepen our relationships in the greater Austin community, and I hope it inspires you as much as it does me!

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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