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A Passion for Creativity

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How Creativity HQ Started

Shari Getz

Founder/Lead Facilitator

Shari is passionate about promoting creativity and strengthening the value our society places on education, cultural diversity, and artistic expression.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Shari began taking classes in acting, dance, and piano at age six. She attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, spent two years at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and completed her BA in Theatre at UCLA. While finishing her degree she gained valuable experience in the entertainment industry, first working in a talent agency and then as the on-staff production manager at a television commercial production company. She also co-founded imagination station, a critically-acclaimed children’s theatre company. She and her partners wrote, produced, and performed six seasons of original works for family audiences.

She returned to Texas in 2000 and began touring one of the shows she co-wrote, The History of Art in Forty Minutes or Less. to dozens of schools and museums. She took a part-time job with TAME, Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering. With the education and experience necessary to ensure an enduring career in the arts, she naturally became the organization’s Executive Director, encouraging K-12 students to prepare for and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). After nearly a decade she decided to establish Shari Getz Creative where she could put her unique collection of professional skills to creative use providing project-based consulting and freelance work for a variety of clients.

Shari’s experience with STEM programming, children’s theatre, and teaching and privately coaching talented young artists led to the development of Creativity HQ. “Children need the opportunity to engage in and explore a variety of examples of creative expression, including visual and performance art and literature. That foundation gives them the freedom to imagine and innovate. We need creative thinkers, and I’m excited to offer a new approach to encouraging artistic awareness, appreciation, and expression.”

Shari is excited to share her passion for creativity and invites you to join her in building a new and unique online social and creative community.

Creative Influence

Shari’s parents were both talented artists who shared their love for art, music, and dance with their three children. Arlyn discovered a passion for dance early in life and was determined to pursue it as a career. She moved to New York at 17 and became part of a successful flamenco dancing duo, Trini and Manolo. They performed for many years in shows and venues around the world. Arlyn moved back to Houston, got married, and started a family, but never game up dancing She opened a studio and taught ballet, tap, and jazz to hundreds of Houston-area kids and adults well into her 70s.

Shari’s dad was a professional photographer. He studied the craft, served as a photographer in the Army during WWII, worked at NASA, and started his own commercial photography studio. His images won nationwide recognition and Murray Getz Photography was a Houston fixture for decades.

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