We know being an educator during the 2021-22 school year is incredibly difficult, which is why our School-based Programs team is going the extra distance to offer support to teachers and campuses. We have adapted several of our programs so that we may continue to offer schools creative learning opportunities that support community building while ensuring your campus has a choice of in-person or virtual programs.
Each program is available for a fee, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Some schools may be eligible for the Community Arts Partner Funds through Austin ISD’s Creative Learning Initiative. All CLI schools are listed on this document.
- Schools in Manor ISD may have programs paid for by a generous grant to Creative Action from Applied Materials.
- All schools can make funds stretch farther by accessing the Texas Commission on the Arts matching funds now that Creative Action is on their touring roster
Don’t see a program that’s quite right for your campus or worried about how you might pay for a program? Contact us! We love to brainstorm about creative solutions.
In the Classroom
Singing Our World (Pre-K)
In this lively singalong program, students explore feelings and build community through music, story, and movement. Interactive and fun, students will want to get up dance along! Songs and stories are in English, but the music and dancing transcends language. (1 Session, 45 minutes, in-person or online)
Welcome Armadillo, Somos Comunidad (Kinder – 1st Grade)
This program explores how to be a good friend, recover from accidents and mistakes, and welcome newcomers into our communities. This program is bilingual, English/Spanish. (5 sessions, 1 hour each, in-person or online)
Creating Community (2nd-5th Grades)
This program is interactive, drama-based, and uses creative engagement activities to build community, connection and joy among classmates. Offered in English and/or Spanish. (3 sessions, 1 hour each, in-person or online)
Artists in Action (6th-12th Grades)
Students explore a relevant social issue, create original art about it, and share their work with a broader audience to inspire change. Artists in Action Residencies are planned in collaboration with school leaders and youth. Previous projects include original songs, and/or poems in Government, Human Geography, AVID, PALS, Health, and English Language Arts classes. (2-12 sessions, session length varies, in-person or online)
Lost & Found (All Grades)
What have we lost, and what have we found in the past year or two? Creative Action will create an outdoor art installation on a fence or gate at each participating school campus and invite school community members to contribute offerings representing what they have lost, and what they have found. (2 brief pre-recorded asynchronous sessions, online, art installation on school campus)
Creative Action provides all supplies, campus communication templates, and asynchronous pre-recorded lessons. Perfect for safe, no-contract community building among school communities that may have students split between online and in-person learning. Discount available if booking one or more Creative Action residencies.
Parent & Educator Workshops
In this time of polarization in our country, young people may be receiving confusing messages about how to treat one another. To respond, Creative Action facilitates workshops with creative, inquiry-based activities and discussion starters that counter harmful messages and provide tools for engaging young people in conversation. (1 session, 75 minutes, online or in-person)
- Talking to Young People About Race, Parts I & II
- Raising Courageous Bystanders
- Conflict Resolution
- Helping Young People Understand Consent
- How to Apologize, a Family-Friendly Framework
Professional Development for Educators
Our highly interactive professional development is available to schools, teachers, and organizations interested in using the arts to activate learning, build community and facilitate dialogue around critical social issues. Available for Continuing Professional Education credit for school teachers/staff. (1 session, 3 hours, online or in-person)