Theatre Action Project (aka Creative Action)
The NEA grant will support arts programming, community engagement activities, and cultural planning in central East Austin. Creative Action will engage residents through extensive community outreach, free and affordable multidisciplinary arts programming, annual community events that celebrate local history, and provide opportunities for interaction between neighborhood residents and the city at-large. Year-round arts education programming will take place at neighborhood campuses through the MindPOP Creative Classroom Initiative, and a large-scale mural will be designed and painted by local teens in partnership with Chestnut residents. Creative Action staff will work to establish and host monthly meetings for the Chestnut Neighborhood Council and local residents, businesses, and partner organizations to address community cultural needs, including a new community gathering space/amphitheater and neighborhood wayfinding. Other partners include the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Meredith Family Interests, Chestnut Neighborhood Association, MindPOP, Austin Independent School District, and the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Sustainable Development. This project will serve the low-income youth and families in Chestnut and the rest of central East Austin.