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2018 Creative Action Annual Report

At Creative Action, our mission is to spark and support the academic, social, and emotional development of young people. 

Our Team

We saw big growth among our staff during the 2017-18 school year.
Teaching Artists

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Our Amazing Volunteers

hours of volunteer power

and of those

hours were from older adults!


Creative Action is overseen by a board of talent and influence.

Carron Whittaker (Chair), Heather Venard (Vice Chair), Jim McDermott (Treasurer), Sarah Richardson (Secretary), Verónica Castro de Barrera, Carly Christopher, Lonnie Cooper, Troy Madres, Adrián Rizo, Serene Warren


DREAM MAKERS ($100,000+)
Bloomberg Philanthropies
St. David’s Foundation

SUSTAINERS ($50,000-99,999)
City of Austin, DHHS
Polly & Lonnie Cooper
Serene & Chris Warren

LEADERS ($25,000-49,999)
Carly & Clayton Christopher
City of Austin Grant for Technology Opportunities GTOPS
ED Foundation
Laurie Gosda
H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust
Tim & Karrie League
Matthew & Patty Schatz
National Endowment for the Arts NEA
The Powell Foundation

BUILDERS ($10,000-24,999)
Adobe Creative Cloud
Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation
Andy Roddick Foundation
Applied Materials
Campbell Foundation
Cyndie Jensen
Laird Norton Family Foundation
Shelly & David Masters
Skeeter & Vanessa Miller
Mondo Tees, LLC
Joe Ross
Ovation LLC
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Johanna & Mitch Vernick

HEROES ($5,000-9,999)
Jeff & Rachel Arnold
Austin Eastciders
Linda & Bud Averett
Christina & Mason Ayer
Sandra Boone
Brookfield Residential
Tommy & Ellen Burt
City of Austin DHHS – CYD Program
Shannon & Curtis Eggemeyer
Amira Glickman
Lynn Hall
Cole & Devan Jamison
James McDermott
Mozilla Foundation
Marnie Near
Shanti Foundation for Intercultural Understanding
Silicon Labs
Huston & Lacey Street
SXSW Community Fund
Tegna Foundation
Texas Commission on the Arts TCA
Sara & Larry Tharp
Heather Venard
Carol & Jim West

SPARKLERS ($1,000-4,999)
Alamo Drafthouse
Austin Parks Foundation
Aviles Family Charitable Fund
The Barilla Foundation
Amata Bene
Christa Berry
Karen Brimble
Laura Buehler
Kevin Burns
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Brandon & Melissa Cason
Blake & Jamie Chandlee
Raman Dewan
East Side Pies
ECG Foundation
Esperos SOHO
Rhonda Erwin
Monica Gill
Tara Miko Grayless
Hat Creek Burger Co.
Hotel San Jose
Claudia & Jim Humphrey
Jared Hutchinson
Maja Kermath
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Kor 180
Kent & Janelle Lance
Troy Madres
Brad & Janice Marcus
Levit Family Fund
Lisabeth Sewell McCann
Linda McDavitt
Justin & Kendall McMinn
Janice & Frank Nappi
Panacea Collection
Jenny & Jason Parkman
Martha Rochelle
Ruby & Violet
Sarah Richardson
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
SouthWest Water Company
Swift’s Attic
Texas Capital Bank
Texas Instruments Foundation
Craig Thomajan
Alexander Tynberg
United Way for Greater Austin
Joe & Lindsay Warnock
Dustin & Megan Wells
Nellie White
Carron Whittaker
Alex Winkelman-Zeplain
Marc Winkelman
Justin & Ashley Yarborough

Our Work

This year, we helped more people than ever


total people served


16,626 youth & 4,446 adults

41,214 programming hours

out-of-school time programs
school-based programs
community-based programs

across 106 locations in Central Texas

Across all programs where parents, students, or teachers were asked if they would recommend Creative Action to others, 99% said they would.

School-based Programs

Every week of the school year, 25+ Teaching Artists visited dozens of area Pre-K through 8th grade classrooms to deliver dynamic, hands-on creative learning programs to support academic, social, and emotional learning.

8,800 students & 1,166 educators in 463 classrooms across 51 campuses

After receiving a Creative Action interactive classroom performance:

97% of teachers heard students using vocabulary or concepts they learned in the program
88% of middle school students were more likely to do something if they saw bullying happening

“[The program] has helped with our classroom community by reminding students that it's okay for everyone to be different. It’s also given the students ideas on how to handle difficult situations at school and home.”

Hillcrest Elementary Teacher

Out of School Programs

As the largest provider of after school arts education in Central Texas, we combine arts, social and emotional learning, and social justice education with hands-on, arts-based projects that leads to positive youth development.

37,000 programming hours to 2,750 youth at 53 locations,
of which 75% were Title I schools.

After participating in Creative Action After School:

0 %
of students demonstrated positive   self-management skills
0 %
reported a positive growth mindset
0 %
reported that they demonstrate positive social awareness skills

Teen Programs

Creative Action’s Teen Programs provide a space for teen artists to explore issues of identity, community, and civic and social change through original theatre, public art, and film. Each year, the young cohorts partner with local community organizations to produce powerful plays, art installations, and films with extensive public reach and deep community impact.

62 teens from 30+ area schools, each participating in
200+ programming hours

After participating in a Creative Action Teen Program:

100% felt Creative Action programs and staff positively influenced their artistic development

Changing Lives original play “Just Ask” reached 3,500+ middle school students and educators on their tour. After seeing the play:

0 %
of youth increased their knowledge of abusive and respectful relationships
0 %
increased their motivation to speak up
0 %
increased their willingness to seek help
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