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Happy Thanksgiving

by Alyssa Ely, Texas Tower PR

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and people are starting to count their blessings. Texas Tower PR is thankful for many things this season, one of them being our great client Creative Action. Over the past few years, we have helped them with fundraising events, social media reach and everything in between. Lucky for us, this semester wasn’t any different.

Starting early in the fall, we had the privilege of helping with the event I Spy Pie! Our team worked on everything from writing blogs and creating PSA’s to making pie hats. We had a blast watching I Spy Pie! come to life and even more fun volunteering  at the event. We are so glad that the fundraiser was such a huge success and are already looking forward to next year.

Later in the semester our team had the chance to spend an evening with some of the students in Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble. It was great to get to see the program and its positive effects first-hand. While there, we played a series of games with the students and answered a few questions, all geared towards the topic of the day: knowing your limit in relationships. We were all surprised by how welcoming the students were and how much we enjoyed ourselves while we were there.

We are grateful for all of our experiences working with Creative Action. Yet, we are most thankful for a program that helps to educate kids about critical issues while giving them a healthy outlet for them to express themselves. We have had another fabulous semester with Creative Action and can’t wait for many more to come.  Happy Thanksgiving!

About Texas Tower PR
Texas Tower Public Relations is The University of Texas at Austin’s PRSSA nationally affiliated student-run public relations firm. The goal of Texas Tower Public Relations is to provide students with hands-on experience in the field of public relations and Austin-area nonprofits with quality public relations assistance.

High Gear Creative Time

by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger

In just one week, it will be time to celebrate Thanksgiving. With November moving by so fast, December is going to be here before we know it. When it comes time for these last two months of the year, my creative process kicks it into high gear, creating for friends and family.

Last month, I had the opportunity to talk about refurbishment of items others have thrown or given away. The holidays are the perfect time to use this creative license that we each possess and recreate something amazing.

This year, I am using quite a few of these great resources to recreate unique and lovely gifts for my family and friends. I just recently finished working on a Christmas ornament for a customer in Chicago. I use graffiti and Christmas bulbs from a thrift store and create one-of-a-kind pieces for them.

There are a few places that I like to really search for items to help recreate, including:

1. Thrift Stores – Thrift stores are often times filled with many items at this time of year, as people clear out their homes before more arrives to replace it. At thrift stores, there are a million things imaginative; some of my favorites are coffee cups, old plain Christmas bulbs, paintings, etc.

2. Garage sales – Though it is getting a little late in the year for garage sales, I know that the warm weather in Austin keeps them going.

3. Antique Markets

4. Flea Markets

5. And last but not least…the Trash!

All of these places take a creative mind to try and see what can be made (and with Pinterest there are endless opportunities for creative inspiration). Creative Action uses these creative skills to recreate everyday. Call Mary Alice Carnes at 512 442-8773 x 104 to take the opportunity to volunteer and see how these amazing individuals use their creative skills everyday.

Check out my blog to see my creative process, what new items are making an appearance, and what is happening in the life of this artist.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from us here at Theatre Action Project! We wish you all a wonderful thanksgiving full of yummy goodness! We are so thankful for all the amazing volunteers, teaching artist, staff that make TAP what it is! What are you thankful for today?

Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Basket Project

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

Food is my favorite creative medium. I love the act of cooking it, seeing it grow in the ground, the sensation of eating it, and understanding that it’s the fuel that drives me through my day. I love cooking and baking almost as much as I love organizing volunteers to work in the community.

You could probably guess, then, that I adore the Thanksgiving season. Read the rest of this entry

Thanksgiving Themed Books

by Cassie Swayze, After School Programs Associate VISTA

We are gearing up for the end of the semester, final sharings, and holiday breaks in TAP After-School. There is less than one month of the Fall semester left, which is hard to believe! As TAP’s library manager, not only do I maintain our stock of storybooks, guides, and reference manuals, I also research new and exciting books. In thinking about next week’s Thanksgiving holiday I came across a few storybooks that focus on the festival’s themes of family, tradition, giving thanks, and celebrating the harvest. Here are three of my favorites: Read the rest of this entry

Thankful for Students

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

So, in pondering what aspect of my work at Theatre Action Project about which to write, I was reminded of the many conversations I’ve had over the years with students on the subject of Thanksgiving.  It is always interesting to hear how students view–and are taught–about the holiday of Thanksgiving. Talking about holidays throughout the year, their historical and cultural significance and impact, their meaning and values to different people, religions, identities and cultures–it is a very rich avenue on which to walk.  I find it a great opportunity, at the very least, to talk about family and what we celebrate in our own homes and communities.

In working with a group of students earlier this week (on October 31 which opened the door to our conversation on family and what we celebrate), I asked them to create a coat of arms that represented their family with color, animals and activities they like to do together. It was a fun way for each student to think of what’s important to her or his family, and to see similarities and differences in the family drawings of their peers.

I’m thankful to have had such a joyful and rewarding afternoon with these students.  It may have been one small moment in the larger world of my work with TAP, but it illustrates very simply why I do what I do. Thank you to all the schools and communities that allow TAP to create thousands of joyful moments in the lives of our youth.