Our Mission

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 Action’s team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders.

We believe that when youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role-models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships.

Our Story

Four University of Texas Drama and Theatre for Youth graduates develop an interactive violence prevention program.

The group continued developing theatre programs for social change and received official nonprofit status as Theatre Action Project.

Karen LaShelle joins the organization as a volunteer and helps develop a host of new programs. Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, in partnership with SafePlace, has their first performance.

First After School program is offered for families at area schools.

The Heroes/Los Heroes, the second In the Classroom program, begins touring to area K-2nd classrooms.

Theatre Action Project hosts first Summer Camps at local elementary schools.

Theatre Action Project participates in 2nd Annual First Night Austin presenting "Peace Cranes," a parade of 200 youth and families to an audience of 100,000.

Theatre Action Project receives Manor ISD “After School Provider of the Year” Award. Organization receives donation of land in Chestnut neighborhood to build future home.

The organization grows to employ more than 75 people and serve more than 20,000 students in 7 school districts.

Creative Action becomes the new name for the organization to better reflect the mission, vision and wide-range of programming. Creative Action was named a finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts.

Creative Action receives prestigious "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to spark neighborhood engagement around the new Center for Creative Action.

Creative Action completes a $3M capital campaign and opens their first permanent home located in the Chestnut neighborhood in East Austin. Karen LaShelle named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards produced by Mission Capital.

What We Do

Creative Action delivers high quality creative youth development programs to 20,000 youth across Central Texas.

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Who We Are

Our Staff, Board of Directors, and Teaching Artists who work hard to make this organization thrive and serve the Austin community.

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Our Supporters

Big thanks to all of our supporters at every level –  you make our work possible!

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Our strategic partnerships with schools, organizations, businesses, and community events allow us to reach more youth each year.

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Annual Report

See the most recent Annual Report to get up to date on our impact in the community, the growth of the organization and our financials.

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Creative Action Blog

Keep up with the latest posts and news from Creative Action!

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The special ingredient? A dash of amazine.

Tomorrow night Color Squad releases "Homecooked: A Zine About Food Justice". Here's what's cookin' in the crockpot:

• Food on deck from the zine's recipes
• An exquisite selection of healthy 'mocktails'
• Screenprinted tees benefiting Youth Rise Texas
• More youth zines via The Contemporary Austin
• Zine sales benefitting Urban Roots
• More & more & more

COLOR SQUAD Zine Release & Art Opening - Free

March 25, 2017, 6:00pm - March 25, 2017, 8:00pm

Come join us at the Museum of Human Achievement for a night celebrating teen art and activism with the release of Color Squad's newest zine Homecooked: A zine about food justice. All proceeds from the sale of our zine will benefit local food justice organizations. This event will also feature posters and t-shirts benefiting Youth Rise TX, an organization focusing on cultivating youth leaders for justice by facilitating discussion around mass incarceration and immigrant detention.RSVP to email lindsay@creativeaction.org to reserve your spot, to get venue/event location and for any event questions.Things that will happen include: - Homecooked zine by Color Squad Public Art Collective - Art making workshop by Color Squad Public Art Collective - Youth Performances spoken word/ guerilla theatre - Urban Roots Farm - Free food samples cooked from our zine recipes! - A selection of healthy mocktails - Screen printed shirts: collaboration w/ Youth Rise Texas - DJ Prince Yeboah - more Zines by youth from Contemporary Austin

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