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Thanksgiving Week is Upon Us

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Thanksgiving week is upon us.  It’s a nice time to reflect on what we’re all thankful for – the wonderful people in our lives, our health, and our happiness.

For me, it’s been a wonderful year.  Probably my biggest accomplishment came on my 30th birthday.  2 years ago, I started taking drum lessons.  Most people I know took music lessons as children, but stopped long ago.  I didn’t let the fact that I was an adult stop me from learning a new instrument.  For my 30th birthday this past summer, I decided to show off my skills.  I performed as the drummer in a concert with 3 friends on guitars and bass, in front of friends and family.  We played 9 original songs.  This was something I was incredibly nervous to do leading up to the concert – to the point where I was mad at myself for planning it at all.  But the entire concert was a huge success – I didn’t forget any of the songs!  It sounded and felt amazing.  And the support I felt was incredible.

At TAP, we teach youth to be leaders and artists, and it’s important to remember that this never ends.  While everyone does not grow up to make a career in the arts or as a leader in their community, everyone can continue to learn, grow, and challenge themselves creatively as an artist or as a leader in various ways throughout their life.  I don’t know what next year’s adventures will hold, but I look forward to finding out!

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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