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Chroma Collective

Chroma Collective is a group of creatives dedicated to empowering young artists, uplifting the voices of our community, and creating artworks that are dedicated to placekeeping practices.

With more and more young people pursuing alternative career paths, Chroma Collective was designed to fill the gap in creative mentorship and professional development and expand pathways for leadership in the arts. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Increase artistic skill through sustained practice
  • Connect with working artists within Creative Action and the greater Austin community
  • Develop tangible workforce skills like budgeting for projects, submitting calls for art, and working with clients
  • Learn best practices in creating public art that is anti-racist, anti-colonial, and focused on placekeeping
  • Expand knowledge about the creative sector including gallery and arts space management, project management, and community engagement

Each year, Chroma accepts 2-4 muralists who are alumni of its sister program, Color Squad. The cohort works closely with Creative Action’s Staff Muralist to complete up to 10 projects for a variety of clients, including city contracts, corporate clients, individual or private projects, and community organizations.

COMPLETED PROJECTS:

What Do You Miss About East Austin?

1106 E 11th st | 2022


Located next to one of East Austin’s oldest and most culturally important places, Victory Grill, this mural was created as a part of the “What Once Was” project, a program of E4 Youth. The Chroma Collective worked to memorialize some of the places that were important in shaping East Austin into what it is and was. Many of these community cornerstones  are no longer here, such as TarryTown, Jumpoline and many others. By including this with the interactive prompt “What Do You Miss About East Austin?” we hope to remind the viewers of the people and places that once made up this neighborhood. This mural was sponsored by Six Square, and organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic legacy of the African American community that once thrived in Central East Austin.

A Garden Daydream

1411 S Commerce 78644, Lockhart TX | 2022


A Garden Daydream was commissioned by Dig Together, a gardening education non-profit serving Williamson county. The color palette and imagery were created to convey the feeling of growth in spring, and is meant to keep that spirit alive year round. We hope to inspire those within the community to start their own gardens, and appreciate the hard work that goes into it.

United Horizons
Chroma Collective in collaboration with Color Squad members Eva Davis and Carmen Garcia

5110 Manor Rd | 2021 | 116’ wide by 6’ tall

United Horizons is a mural that seeks to represent the various communities that make up Austin’s rich cultural landscape. Though this mural illustrates various languages and places of origin that comprise our population, the true end goal is to show the ways these communities connect with each other, celebrating and honoring differences, while bringing neighbors together.

East Austin’s Melody
East Link Mural at Rosewood Park

2021 | 21’ x 8’

East Austin’s Melody is a mural based on Mr. Van Dyke’s recollections as a member of the East Austin community since the 1950s. Mr. Van Dyke found his passion for music at a young age. Of course, it didn’t hurt that his Aunt, Juanita Van Dyke was a music teacher who wrote the Blackshear Elementary School song.

Community activities weren’t something strange for the Manor/Downs Field and Rosewood Park area. As he fondly recalls, music was not just an important part of his life but of his community’s as well. He remembers getting together every Friday at the park during the summertime to play music for the neighborhood.

“A lot of people, real people, lived in that community. This is what those people who lived in East Austin built. This is what they produced. And that it was worth something”

– Mr. Van Dyke

La Colectividad
Made in collaboration with: Mylo Mendez, Lead Artist, and Color Squad Alumni Elle Hebert, Quinn Erickson, Aye Aye, Louisa Najar, and Maxwell Wood

Native Hostel and Bar & Cafe, 807 E. 4th St.

This public art project is presented by Creative Action, an Austin-based arts education non-profit organization, in partnership with Facebook Open Arts. The mural was created by lead artist Mylo Mendez in conversation with members of Color Squad, a collective of teenage artists who design and implement public art around issues of sustainability, community, and equity.

Meet The Artists:

Mylo Mendez, Staff Muralist

Mylo makes illustrations influenced by Mexican folk art, Mayan and Aztec design, and the color palettes of the Southwestern United States as a means of exploring their identity. By connecting to the past through artmaking and design, they investigate contemporary Mexican American experience and its relationship to heritage, family, and politics. Mylo holds an MFA from the Parson’s School of Design.

Lindsay Palmer, Director of Public Art

Lindsay was the founding Director of Color Squad from 2014-2021, and managed several large-scale public art projects during her tenure there. She has her BFA from Texas Tech University and MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a focus in Sculpture. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at galleries including Box 13 in Houston TX, The Ice Box Gallery, in Iceland, The University of Texas, San Antonio, as well as projects for Austin Art in Public Places.

Meet our Current Alumni Muralists:

Mars Lee

Mars Lee is a painter who uses their art as a way to show others what their work looks like and express the emotions their find hardest to manage. Mars might e a painter but they enjoy many other forms of art mediums, such as digital art and ink. They’re eager to learn any new mediums and is willing to spend hours practicing a new skill to become a more versatile and experienced artist.

Yesenia Trejo

I like anything art related and if it has a message behind it even better. I was a part of Color Squad from 2016 to 2017 and now I’m back for the Chroma Collective project as an Alumni Muralist. I work with pencil mainly but I also like trying my hand out with painting and doing some things on digital and sometimes even mixing them together! I’m excited to be a part of this new project and to get to know new people.

Havi Millar

Havi is an interdisciplinary Filipino American artist from Austin. Interested in novelty and progress, his work plays on world-building and appropriation—reinterpreting subject matter into contemporary culture.

Arlo Kretzler

From 2015, Arlo began working with Creative Action and took part in Color Squad when she was in high school. After graduating in 2017, she moved to England and completed her foundation in art and design, then majored in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Want to hire Chroma Collective for a project?

Email lindsay@creativeaction.org with your name, budget, timeline, and contact information. 

Our offices will be closed July 4 - 8 2022.
We are taking time to reflect and rejuvenate before the new school year. We will reopen Monday, July 11 2022 and will return any emails or calls at that time.
 
**Please refer to the appropriate FAQ for general enrollment inquiries for after school or summer camp.
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