Austinites who look after young people:
Why should children get to attend live theatre productions? Simple.
“Theatre is a gym for empathy. It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people’s actions.” — Bill English, San Francisco Playhouse
Parents & Caregivers, find weekend tickets for your family here.
Teachers & Program/Camp Leaders, click here to find group tickets.
Let’s Make Theatre for ALL Austin Children
Currently, some children from some schools in our city get to attend theatre. We conducted a study to find out which students were not getting access to this inspiring external enrichment activity. The historical data reveals that Black and Spanish-speaking students in Austin are less likely to have access to live theatre than white students are. The ATX Theatre Youngsters group wants to address this inequity long-term, in accordance with our organizational values of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. We developed a ten-year plan to collaborate in purposeful inclusion and relationship-building — while raising funds to provide supplemental funding for underserved schools to attend productions. To give this initiative sustainability and community accountability, we are partnering with arts-loving citizens, local businesses, and elementary schools prioritized by school population data.
Will You Join Us?
Our goal is to facilitate equitable, robust access to live theatre productions for all students in Austin before middle school, with fund-raising support and programming priority given to students of color and those who speak English as a second language. We deeply appreciate all contributions to this exciting, community-centric* fundraising campaign. Thank you.
*Community-Centric Fundraising is a fundraising model that is grounded in equity and social justice. We prioritize the entire community over individual organizations, foster a sense of belonging and interdependence, present our work not as individual transactions but holistically, and encourage mutual support between nonprofits. This term and definition fit the Youngsters 10-year plan and our whole organization so precisely that we feel compelled to share this resource with you to learn more about the concept: https://communitycentricfundraising.org/