by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director
We are excited to announce that we are changing our name to Creative Action.
Over the past fifteen years we have grown from a handful of volunteers into one of the largest arts organizations in Austin, employing more than 70 artists every year. Last spring we were named one of the top 50 arts education organizations in the nation by the President’s Committee on the Arts. Our programs are in seven local school districts each year. Thousands of youth and families depend upon our programs every week.
And, as we have evolved to best meet the needs of Central Texas youth, we have continued to innovate and find even more ways to engage and spark the hearts and minds of kids. So, what began as a program mostly using theatre, role-play, and drama, has become something much more expansive. Today, we employ a host of creative arts, including theatre, film, dance, music, visual art, media arts, and whatever other random acts of creativity the moment calls for to help us meet our mission. And the name, Theatre Action Project, just doesn’t describe who we are.
Don’t worry, we will still provide our acclaimed interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies, and community-based youth theatre programs to inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.
We are excited to share this new development with you, and thank you for your support as we move forward. And if you think we’ve done a lot in the last 15 years, just wait until you see what Creative Action will do next!