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Save The Date

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

It’s time to save the date for Creative Action’s 2nd annual Big Hair Country Fair, where everything is BIG, not just the hair!  This not-to-be-missed event will take place on Saturday night, March 23, 2013.

Nestled under the old oak trees at the Salt Lick pavilion, attendees will enjoy all you can eat BBQ and a flowing open bar, play wild carnival games, get their hair done by some of Austin’s best coiffeurs, and snap photos in a vintage western photo booth.  They will also be entertained all night long by the musical styles of two great bands.

This is a key fundraising event for Creative Action and we could not have been so successful in previous years without the wonderful support from our community: attending the event, sponsoring the event, and donating fabulous prizes for our auction.  If you are interested in any of these great opportunities, please contact me at chelsea@creativeaction.org

Fall: The Season of Change

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

My year of service as Marketing Associate VISTA has been an exciting one. I’ve learned a lot and have been involved with some of the biggest changes at Creative Action. The biggest change recently has been the transition from Theatre Action Project to Creative Action. Although we have changed our name, we are still fighting for the same cause (read about the name change here).

As we transition into fall, we are featuring our first event under our new name, Creative Action. This October we are proud to present the family fun and pie contest, I Spy Pie! at Central Market North. It’s going to be fun for all with arts and crafts, live music from The Biscuit Brothers, and pie tastings from the following competing bakeries:

  • Central Market Bakery
  • Central Market Cooking School
  • Jeffrey’s
  • Texas Pie Kitchen
  • Tiny Pies

Hope to see you there!

P.S. My favorite pie flavor is razzle dazzle berry pie.

Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!

Want to volunteer? Sign up here for 1 or 2 (or both) shifts:  I Spy Pie! Volunteer Sign Up.

Connect with Your Inner pie: Volunteer at I Spy Pie!

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Creative Action (formerly Theatre Action Project) needs your pie-ness. This is creativeness with all things pie for our fall fundraiser, I Spy Pie! Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and have fun and help us select the best pie in Austin, we’d love to have you sign up to volunteer. The event features fun family activities, arts and crafts for all ages, pie tastings, and bragging rights for the best pie in Austin. Sign up for 1 or 2 shifts. It’s easy as pie!

Celebrity Judges:  Jim Swift (KXAN-TV), actress Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Fletch and Friday Night Lights)Nina Seely (Trento), and John Bullington, Executive Chef (Alamo Drafthouse). Live Music: Austin’s own Emmy Award-winning The Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds

Volunteer Shift Number 1: 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. (with break for lunch on your own)

  • Set Up and Prep: Set up tables, decorate, learn a craft you might be doing once the event starts at noon, and prepare to train and hand off your shift to another volunteer in the 2nd shift.
  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating
    kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Working the Pie Walk: Musical chair game for yummy pie!
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.

Volunteer Shift Number 2: 12:45- 3:45 p.m.

  • Manage Arts and Crafts Table: Face painting, making pie puppets, decorating kid size aprons with glue, paint and glitter, making paper bag hats.
  • Executing the Parachute Game: Toss a large parachute top for children to run underneath.
  • Handing out pie samples: Arrange pie for judging and attendee pie tasting, help present awards.
  • Donations: Assist with taking donations, pass out donations buckets, sell raffle tickets.
  • Breakdown: Breakdown and clean up.

TO REGISTER FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT, APPLY HERE: I Spy Pie! Volunteer Application

Questions? Email: maryalice@theatreactionproject.org.

PS: My favorite pie is lemon meringue. I have a very distinct memory of being kid crying about something on my back porch and the next door neighbor lady had just made a fresh lemon meringue pie. No more tears after that!

 

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Vlog: Art that Inspires

by Will Heath, Teaching Artist at Manor Middle SchoolandMendez Middle School

William Heath is one of our newest additions to the Creative Action team. He’s a jack of many trades having grown up in the jungles of Miami, but most notably a curator, dj, and soon to be gallerist. William loves to draw, dance, and cook. He would love to know what you think about his video blog so comment below!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action.

Read more about our name change.

New Stages Takes Flight

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

The New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble met for the first time last night, and it was great. The participants were funny, insightful and honest as they offered stories from their lives and spoke about what they hoped audiences would learn from the original piece they will create this year:

  • Do not judge people by how they look.
  • People who have been through the system can be successful.
  • Everyone has their faults.
  • We are people who have made bad decisions but are working to be better.
  • Don’t get it twisted. You don’t know what you think you know.

If last night is an indication of what is to come over the next year, then we are all in for an excellent ride as we support these youth in the creative process. At different times in our two hours together, I felt challenged and inspired and so happy. And this morning I thought about how the new name of our organization, Creative Action, really does capture the essence of all of our programs, especially the New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble:

These youth will not only develop their creativity, but use it to push themselves forward, to change their community, and to challenge the way audiences see them. Their potential is limitless, and I promise to keep you informed on our progress!

The New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble is for students between the ages of 14 and 20 who have been released from the juvenile detention system. The Ensemble will together to create original plays about their experiences and will tour their shows and perform for more than 2,000 Austin area youth at schools and churches annually. A social worker will be a part of the program which will meet twice weekly at a halfway house. Youth members of the New Stages Youth Ensemble will receive compensation for their creative work with the program.

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

“Falling” Into Place

by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger

Fall has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember and one that inspired me in the art world immensely. There is something about the fresh clean air, the color of leaves and the briskness that appears with fall that brings about this creativeness. Each season can be an inspiration, but the natural painting of fall is my inspiration.

Now you may ask why I talk about fall with such love, well the weather plus events seem to “fall” about at this time of year.

In the fall as the Marketing Associate for Theatre Action Project last year, I had the opportunity to see the wonders of creation come together at many Skill Shares put on by Miss Cassie and the Teaching Artists. After what seemed like a long summer, I enjoyed seeing these inspiring people come back together and share their skills with each other.

P.S. Fall not only brings about beautiful colors but wonderful memories as well. This was also the time that I would normally head back to school as a kid and be thrown back into the wonder that was art class. I never failed to make it feel like Christmas as I arrived in art class that first day and BRAND NEW art supplies were passed out. I was so overjoyed that I wasn’t even sure if I wanted use it, mostly because it looked so lovely (which is silly of course and I used it anyway, but with great caution).

What I Learned About Taking Photos at TAP Camp

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

This summer, I developed my photography skills over eight weeks of Theatre Action Project (TAP) Summer Camp. As an amateur photographer, these simple tips can help a lot for someone new to photography and can be used for a wide variety of events.

1) Be prepared. Not only is it important to have a camera, memory card, and fully charged battery before the event, but you should visualize shots before they happen. I would often be able to pre-visualize shots based on previous camper practices where I watched their sequence of performances. At final share day I arrived early to pick spots I knew would be good for different shots (group shots, action shots, close-ups, etc.)

2) Work with what you have. I don’t have the most advanced camera, but I found ways to get great photos by getting close to the action, framing the composition strategically, shooting different perspectives, taking more than enough photos to have a large selection to choose the best from. These are things you can do with any camera.

3) Shoot from the hip. This is similar to shooting different perspectives, but in a different meaning. A lot of times early on, campers would get nervous in front of the camera because they either didn’t know me, were camera-shy, or any number of things. Sometimes I would switch from using the camera pin hole to the camera’s screen and hold my camera lower as if I was viewing previous shots. Then when a camper would get up and do something spontaneous and thought no one had a camera on them, I would get some of the funniest, most expressive photos of campers.

4) Be social. When someone doesn’t know who you are, even with the identification of your organization’s T-shirt, they are more reluctant to want their picture taken by you. But if you introduce yourself and chat with them, they will open up to you. At final share day I would talk to parents a bit to get to know them and their camper, what they enjoyed about camp. This was not only a great way to be social but helped me get great family photos.

To see photos from every week of  TAP Summer Camp, plus more TAP events go to our Flickr.

P.S. My first day of school memory happened in Kindergarten when I met one of my best friends by playing with Hot Wheels cars.