The mission of Creative Action
is to spark and support the academic,
social and emotional development
of young people.
When youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, 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.
Creative Action is a nonprofit, arts-based, youth development organization that provides fun, hands-on creative learning programs in the classroom, in after school settings and in the community. Whether our youth are creating original films, painting a mural, or performing an original play, we use the creative arts to actively engage students in exploring age-appropriate social issues, building appreciation for diversity and learning how to make a positive difference in their communities.
Our approach, from the students we serve to the depth, breadth and duration of support we provide, is unique. With 80+ professional Teaching Artists trained in educational and youth development best practices, we deliver programming to more than 20,000 Central Texas youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds year round. By using our specially-designed creative youth development curriculum, we develop what we call “4C” students – Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers and Confident Leaders
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.