Southwest Key Programs
Establish performing arts programs for east Austin youth
Southwest Key has dedicated 20 years to keeping youth out of institutions and strengthening the fabric of their communities. It offers unique and innovative programming that capitalizes on strong cultural traditions. With the Impact Austin grant, Southwest Key will establish a Performing Arts Program for East Austin’s Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood. It will provide area youth and adults the opportunity to learn and perform traditional, Hispanic-focused arts—mariachi, ballet folklorico and bilingual theater. Classes will be offered free of charge, serving 1,500 to 2,000 people who now lack arts education and the benefits it can provide in improved self esteem, lower delinquent behavior and improved academic achievement.