by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
I lost a very close friend this past week. She was loving, gracious, fun, loved to laugh and enjoyed going to the theater. A program close to her heart at St. Edward’s University was the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP, which helps first-year students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families develop needed skills to succeed in college. As an English Writing professor she taught not only about writing but using one’s passion to shape and inspire their work. My friend’s qualities stand out to me personally because they mirror the goals we have at Theatre Action Project, to inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders. She showed me every day:
- How a creative artist generates ideas and finds the answers by following a hearty recipe of inspiration, collaboration and innovation;
- What a courageous ally says when speaking up for a friend;
- How a critical thinker looks at all sides of an issue in order to make the best decision possible, and
- How a confident leader uses openness, strength and compassion.
I’m happy knowing Theatre Action Project is leading the charge and growing the next generation of artists, allies, thinkers and doers. My friend would be so happy.
Artwork from Art, Imagination, and Insight, February 5, 2012