A Night at the Museum

“Art offers us an opportunity to slow down and look at things a little differently,” Annette Carlozzi, deputy director at the Blanton Museum, told Free Minds students when they toured the museum on January 19. It was a busy night, with groups taking in the last days of the striking exhibit, El Anatsui: When I … Continue reading

Meet Free Minds student Jennifer Reyes

At 24, Jennifer Reyes is one of the youngest Free Minds students, but when she came to interview for a spot in the program in July, she said she had already waited too long to start college. “The way my caseworker explained this program to me, it helps you get started, so you’re ready when … Continue reading

Meet Stacey Kennedy ’12

Stacey Kennedy, Free Minds ’12, and her son Richmond talk about their journey from homelessness to college: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/EgP-ITMtJF0″ width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

Free Minds in the Austin-American Statesman!

The Austin-American Statesman published an article about Free Minds in late October, highlighting students’ exploration of Shakespeare: Making college accessible to those who might skip it. We love the photos. Thanks to all who help tell the story of Free Minds. Keep spreading the word!

Guest Blogger: Clayton Stromberger Brings Shakespeare to Free Minds

As coordinator of the UT Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach program, my job is to bring the “Shakespeare at Winedale approach” — active, playful ensemble performance based on a close analysis of the text — to upper-elementary classrooms around Central Texas. Our primary focus is on students in low-income or disadvantaged communities, and our aim is … Continue reading

Guest Blogger Lisa Pous ’12: “I am not limiting myself any longer.”

I am a proud mother of three teenagers and a domestic violence survivor who is learning to thrive. I have no formal education past the eighth grade, having passed a GED exam before high school. With the help of local domestic violence resources I have been able to change my life around one tiny step … Continue reading

Free Minds Receives Record Number of Applications

Applications for the Free Minds class of 2011-12 closed on July 5th, marking the end of our most successful recruitment season to date. With outreach efforts spanning the city of Austin — from the public libraries to the Housing Authority to the inboxes of City employees across Austin — we ended up with over 100 … Continue reading

Free Minds now accepting applications for the 2011-12 academic year!

Want to be part of the Free Minds class of 2012? We want to hear from you! Visit our website to download an application or for more information about the program. *NEW* Online applications are now available! Submit your application online now.