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A Worldly Conversation

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Back row: Muhammad Sulaiman (Nigeria) Maria Nguyeb Lan Phuong (Vietnam), Gustaff Iskandar (Indonesia), Brian Fahey (TAP), Florinda Bryant (TAP), Billy Ochoa (Guatemala). Front row: Mary Alice Carnes (TAP), Ashit Kumar Mitra (Bangladesh), Patrick Torres (TAP), and Nitra Gutierrez (TAP).

Last Friday Theatre Action Project was honored to welcome visitors to Austin from around the world. The meeting was arranged by Global Austin whose tag line “We bring the world to Austin” rang very true for us as we immersed ourselves in a dialogue with new friends from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Nigeria.

Doing a traditional TAP “check in” we went around the table and discussed memories of our first influence with the arts.  It was heartwarming to hear the impact that art has made in each of our lives and comparing personal goals:
  • Identifying programs to support culture in Nigeria via dance, art, and art exhibitions,
  • Sharing stories by reading for the blind in Vietnam,
  • Learning how organizations around the world utilize arts education, and
  • Creating an avenue to cultivate and celebrate community art.
Thanks to Global Austin for making  Theatre Action Project a stop for international visitors for the third year in a row. We enjoy meeting and talking with artisans from round the globe and learning the many ways art influences our lives and supports our missions.

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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