Creative Action engages in multi-year partnerships with schools to design comprehensive, year-round onsite arts integration programs to support the improvement of academic achievement, morale and attendance. Started as a partnership between Creative Action and Austin Independent School District, our Spark Schools program develops lessons with classroom teachers, embedded social and emotional learning, and professional development – among other strategies – that invigorate campus culture and improve student performance.

Our program can include:

  • Ongoing, intensive, artist residencies providing arts-integrated theatre, visual art and digital media sessions in the classroom
  • Interactive Performances: five-session residencies for each classroom, supporting social and emotional learning
  • Guest artist visits, performances and cultural events to create and sustain community-building
  • Development of ongoing arts-rich experiences for students and staff, including after school programming and evening showcases
  • Campus transformation through the installation of murals, public art and community spaces
  • Community arts projects that address needs on campus or in the school community
  • Creative Action expert staff working year-round onsite to facilitate collaboration and offer professional development and/or coaching during staff meetings, workshops and classroom visits