The Creative Fund and The Art of Fashion

From left to right: The Creative Fund's Hank Morris, Ariel Zarate-Carmona and Arif Panju

The creativity of Austin’s performing arts community is broad, and evidence that imagination has no age was on full display at the Art of Fashion event on March 2nd. The Creative Fund was on hand to support an evening of fashion, music and high energy dance hosted by The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts (ASPVA). With a full house on hand at the Long Center for the Performing Art’s Rollins Studio Theater, ASPVA students stole the show. Ranging from grades 6 to 12, the students entertained guests with music and dance performances, intermixed with a fashion show, where professional models hit the runway in artistic designs by ASPVA visual artists and award-winning designer, Linda Asaf.

We could not agree more that helping Austin’s children participate in performing and visual arts will increase support for the arts in Austin, and through participation in the arts, children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and belief in themselves that will carry over to all aspects of their lives. Led by ASPVA Executive Director Carol de Cardenas, all involved pulled off a seamless show aimed at raising funds supporting student scholarships and programs. The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts was established in 2006 and has served over 1,400 students since opening its doors. The school provides an environment that not only promotes academic success, but also exposes students to the variety of artistic endeavors, while challenging them to continue developing and honing their unique talents. To learn more about the ASPVA and its curriculum, visit

— Arif Panju, The Creative Fund

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