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Creative Action's Color Squad

Color Squad is an ensemble program for teens who work together to create public art and celebrate community in Austin neighborhoods.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Education
  • Location Austin, TX, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 1997
  • Employees 85
  • Website

Company Summary

Color Squad engages young artists who are active in their community, technically skilled in the craft of designing and creating public art, and who are confident leaders. We do this in order to increase civic engagement both in the teens who create art and the public that experiences the work. Teens involved come from communities that are typically under-served in arts education and services and range in age from 14-20.


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    Karen LaShelle
    Executive and Creative Director, Creative Action

    Karen has helped the organization grow from serving 800 young people to more than 16,000 each year. Previous positions: Assistant to the Artistic Director and Outreach Associate at Northlight Theatre (Chicago), Co-director of Redmoon Theatre’s award winning program Dramagirls (Chicago). She sits on the Kennedy Center Any Given Child steering committee, won the “Austin Under 40” Arts and Culture award in 2011, and was a 2012 finalist for the Erns

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    Patrick Torres
    Middle School and High School Program Director

    Patrick is a professional educator and theatre director. Previous positions include: Associate Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater/YPT (Washington, DC), among others. The After-School Playwriting Program he developed and implemented at YPT won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010. Patrick has an MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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    Lindsay Jo Palmer
    Program Director, Color Squad

    Lindsay Palmer is a professional sculptor, educator, and public artist. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in galleries in Iceland, New York, and throughout Texas. She worked for three years as part of the public art collaborative Austin Green Art, which worked to create public awareness of the environment through public art interventions. She holds an MFA in sculpture from The University of Colorado, Boulder.