Last school year, Creative Action launched a company-wide theme for all of our campuses to explore throughout the school year through their creative work. That theme was – Reflect the Times: Visions for Social Change. Students and our Teaching Artists created work to reflect what was happening in the world and artistically approached issues like racism, gender discrimination, homophobia, and personal identity. It was powerful to engage our students on these topics and see the many ways youth choose to think about and explore important community issues through art.
This year, we are announcing our new theme – HOME. Students in our programs will develop creative work based on what “HOME” means to them, as well as explore social issues such as homelessness, food security, healthy relationships and gentrification. Our goal is to help youth develop their social and emotional skills as they consider their relationships within their families and communities, deepen their knowledge of important community issues, and discover ways they want to help take care of their many “homes.” Our staff and Teaching Artists are developing curriculum to help students embrace the theme and create murals, films, poetry, photography and more.
The kick-off of this theme will take place on November 13th at our Community Art Sunday that will take place during the East Austin Studio Tour. At this free, public event we will bring together our students and the community to think about HOME through fun, interactive art activities, panel discussions featuring esteemed speakers, and a special gallery of artwork created by our three Teen Programs. Then, our students will continue to work on projects throughout the year and share their final projects with other students and parents from the greater Austin area during Creative Action’s year-end celebration, our annual Youth Arts Festival held at the Center for Creative Action.
We’ll continue to update you on their progress and give you previews of the creative work. You can follow us on social media, attend a Community Art Sunday, or visit the student gallery on our website to find out more about this year’s theme. In the meantime, feel free to share what “HOME” means to you on our Facebook page.