AUSTIN — It’s the time of year when Austinites come together in creative costumes.
And they come to celebrate their shared love of fashion, art and music.
It’s also the time when the city celebrates its new cultural icon, Austin.
It turns out, it’s also a city of creative reuse.
“Austin has the potential to be the largest creative reuse center in the country,” said Mark Johnson, founder and executive director of Creative Resources, a nonprofit group that promotes creative reuse and promotes a culture of sustainability.
The center, which is located at the corner of 11th and Market Streets, serves as a hub for creative and creative education, events and activities for Austin’s creative and community communities.
The organization hosts numerous events to promote the city’s burgeoning art and culture scene, including art walks, art classes, and festivals.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Kayla Johnson, a third-year student in Austin’s School of Design who helped launch the center in early 2017.
“It’s about being able to create, and not necessarily having a fixed idea of what you want to do.
You have to have a broader set of ideas and the ability to collaborate with others.”
Creative resources is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that works to improve the lives of Austin’s people and the communities in which they live.
Johnson is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit group, which helps organizations and individuals develop and implement new initiatives that improve the quality of life and the quality and sustainability of Austin life.
In recent years, Johnson said, he has found that Austin’s city and state leaders have not been fully committed to promoting the city and its environment.
For example, Johnson has found local and state government to be reluctant to fund or implement the city-wide environmental assessment process.
“When you’re looking for ways to fund, you don’t necessarily know how you’re going to get funded,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that for many, he believes that it is a city-focused, public-private partnership that would be more effective at encouraging the creation of new creative ideas and engaging Austin’s artists and designers in creative, community-oriented initiatives.
For instance, he said, a local nonprofit could use the resources of the Creative Resources center to create a free, free creative art class to engage Austin’s young artists in a creative way.
The program would involve the artist making a mask and wearing it to the event and then giving the mask to a volunteer.
The group would then sell the mask on the night of the event.
“We’d then get a percentage of proceeds,” Johnson explained.
“The proceeds would go towards the artist’s salary and the costs of hosting the event, and we would use the proceeds to create art in Austin.”
Creative Resources also has a similar program called Creative Art for Change, which provides a variety of events, workshops, and education programs to help organizations and communities implement sustainable strategies to improve their environmental sustainability.
Johnson believes that Austin and its local governments need to partner more closely to encourage creative reuse in Austin.
Creative Resource will be holding an event in November to promote creative reuse at its Austin Creative Resource center, Johnson and his co-director, Austin resident and Austin resident Jennifer Boudreau, said. “
You can’t put the cart before the horse.”
Creative Resource will be holding an event in November to promote creative reuse at its Austin Creative Resource center, Johnson and his co-director, Austin resident and Austin resident Jennifer Boudreau, said.
Boudrie said that the event is designed to showcase a variety or classes that can be offered at Creative Resources that include creative painting, art school, art installation, and more.
She said that there is also a Creative Resource class offered in conjunction with a university program, but that there has been no official announcement yet.
Johnson hopes that Creative Resources will be able to help promote Austin’s new cultural and creative heritage and encourage its residents to be more creative.
“There is an incredible talent base in Austin,” Johnson added.
“But we have a lot of people who are not aware of their talents.
If we can create an environment where the arts are celebrated, and the arts community is involved in this, then Austin is a place where people are going to want to live and create.”