Creative Action

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Each year our programs reach more than 15,000 young people and the adults who care for them. We visit more than 120 sites and serve every school district in the Greater Austin area, as well as a large number of Private and Charter schools. In all, we deliver more than 10,000 hours of arts-based programs to the community.

Creative Action achieves its mission to realize the potential of young people in Austin through four branches of programming. They are:

1. Creative Action in the Classroom

These unique and effective five-day residencies bring original theatrical pieces into the classroom, activating students in grades K-12 to discover and practice solutions to the problems they face every day.

2. Youth Theatre Ensembles

Middle School and High School students create original interactive shows based on their own experiences. The companies then tour throughout the school year to educate their peers on topics like dating violence, immigration, healthy lifestyle choices and education.

3. Creative Action After School Classes

Creative Action After School program provides daily programming that uses theatre and art-based curricula to explore social issues, build self-esteem, and enrich our students academic experience in the school system. Whether they are exploring diversity through mask and puppet making, acting out folktales in World Theatre classes, writing original performances about their own lives, or creating parades to let other students in their own school know what matters to them, Creative Action students learn how to think creatively, work as a team and believe in themselves.

4. Creative Action in the Community

Creative Action's customized programs use theatre as a tool to strengthen community. Previous projects include interactive workshops on parent-child communication or girl-empowerment and special events like the Kite Festival and Austin's First Night Grand Procession. Creative Action's growth and success is founded on our ability to recognize and meet the needs of Central Texas youth, from the 530 youth we reached in our first year to the more than 14,000 youth and adults we will serve this year.

701 Tillery St. Box 9
Austin, TX 78751
Mission Statement: 

The mission of Creative Action is to spark and support the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative ActionÂ’s team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.

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