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Finding Inspiration

by Chad Dike, Teaching Artist at Widen Elementary School

 What inspires me?

This is a hard question to answer in any succinct way. I am inspired by a lot of things. It just depends on the day, or even the time of day. For example, right now at 8:32 a.m. I am inspired by my coffee. It’s hot, wakes me up, and gets me ready for the day. I find it very inspiring.

But in reality, I am inspired by a myriad of objects, people, and places.

Here is a brief laundry list of some of the things that inspire me:

  1. Good art
  2. Smart and interesting people
  3. The supply room at Theatre Action Project
  4. A good conversation or argument
  5. Books (mostly books for children)
  6. My wife
  7. Traveling
  8. The kids…

And it is the last one, that inspires me when I am at my lowest. Their ability to play and imagine and their willingness to share that with other people can change the course of my day. When a student tells you a story, creates a tableau or just smiles, to me, that’s it. Its why I do what I do.

What inspires you?

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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