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    Amplify AustinMarch 20th, 2014
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Fall 2013 Events: Come Explore with Us!

We’ve got lots of great programming coming up this fall–everything from Junot Diaz to Shakespeare to exploring how we read today. Whether you’re a Free Minds grad, volunteer, or interested community member, we hope you’ll join us and bring a friend! To sign up or get more information, call 512-610-7962 or email Amelia.Pace-Borah@foundcom.org. Writing Workshop … Continue reading

Tasha McMillion spoke on behalf of her class at graduation on May 20. Below are excerpts from her speech.

  Tasha McMillion (left) assists fellow graduate Cynthia Mays with her cap.   Nine months ago each one of us set out on a new journey in pursuit of education through the University of Texas Free Minds program. When we began this program we had no idea if the two nights a week from 6:00 … Continue reading

Join us for a Reading of Original Works

All are welcome at our reading of original works by participants of the spring 2013 creative writing workshop. We will meet on Tuesday, June 4th, on the patio of Central Market’s North Lamar location at 6:15 pm. Feel free to grab a drink or snack in the cafe, and then join us to be inspired … Continue reading

Join us for a Master Class this Saturday, 4/20.

Focus on Photography: The Symbolic Portraiture of Arnold Newman Saturday, April 20, 12-2 pm Harry Ransom Center, Corner of 21st and Guadalupe Join us for a tour and discussion of the HRC’s exhibit, Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Post-World War II, Newman was formulating a new approach to portraiture, capturing iconic subjects like Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, … Continue reading

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Write, Move, Explore With Us This Spring! Creative Writing Workshop Tuesdays, April 9 – May 28, 6:15-8:15 pm Sierra Vista Learning Center, 4320 South Congress Avenue Childcare is available Our 8-week creative writing workshop is back! Longtime Free-Minder Hana Silverstein will facilitate the group through a series of guided writing exercises. Join us to explore … Continue reading

Reasons to Amplify Free Minds: Intergenerational Community

Student Tari Jordan Couldn’t Wait for Class to Start My eight-year-old daughter and I were so excited to start the spring semester that we showed up early, arriving to the classroom on Monday instead of Wednesday, our bus ride across town a sad yet hilarious exercise in futility. Walking to the class, my daughter couldn’t … Continue reading

Reasons to Amplify Free Minds: The Importance of Having a Voice

In this fall’s politics unit, Free Minds students were invited to tell their own stories of voting and citizenship. Here Juanita Andrade remembers the reverence with which her parents prepared themselves for the polls. There is a day in my life that is so deeply etched in my mind that when I recall it, it … Continue reading

Reasons to Amplify Free Minds: We Open Up “A Whole New World”

(from left) Anitra Villearreal and Tari Jordan as Bassanio and Shylock. Free Minds students reflect on the experience of studying Shakespeare “If someone told me I could understand the words of Shakespeare within a week, I would have called them C-R-A-Z-Y! Not only did I learn to ‘unwrap’ the words of Shakespeare, I enjoyed the … Continue reading

Reasons to Amplify Free Minds: Our Dedicated Faculty

Free Minds Instructor Laine Perez on Overcoming Writing Roadblocks When Amelia approached me and asked me to write this month’s Final Word, I immediately thought, what a great opportunity! I can write a couple paragraphs no problem, and it will be great to talk a little about the writing instruction in Free Minds. And yet, … Continue reading

Help us Amplify Free Minds

At 7 pm on March 4, Free Minds students will be gearing up for Monday evening class as usual. But before we open our books, we will celebrate the start of Amplify Austin, a city-wide day of online giving. Hosted by I Live Here, I Give Here, Amplify Austin includes over 300 participating non-profit organizations, … Continue reading