Marbridge Community

This May, we’d like to give a special shout out to Marbridge, a community very near and dear to our hearts at Blue Lapis. Marbridge is a non-profit assisted living community that cares for adults with cognitive disabilities. Through building communities at three beautiful campuses, their mission is to provide a safe home for these individuals to be loved and to grow. Through our involvement with the Mentorship Program at Marbridge, we’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Pat, Blue Lapis Light’s biggest fan. As part of the program, most Thursday evenings, you’ll find Pat watching our Aerial Silks Classes. His presence and enjoyment of what we do at our studio makes the ordinary silks class an extra special experience for our students and teachers. In addition to our mentorship program with Pat, we invite the entire Marbridge Ranch Community to every public BLL performance. 

The mentorship program is just one way to get involved with the Marbridge Community. Other volunteering opportunities include helping during their Special Olympics, being a Class Assistant, a Bingo Assistant, a member of the Compassion Team and more. To learn more about these opportunities visit Marbridge’s volunteer page

Moreover, we’d like to extend an enormous thanks to the Marbridge Community for awarding our Associate Artistic Director and Studio Manager, Nicole Whiteside, the Exceptional Mentor Award 2018. The relationship we have fostered with Pat and the Marbridge Ranch over the past few years is truly invaluable to us, and we are constantly inspired by their mission to pour compassion into their disabled communities.

Ecology Action of Texas

This April we would like to recognize Ecology Action of Texas founded in 1969. Their mission is landfill diversion and zero waste awareness in Austin, TX.

Our studio quietly offers a space that is about dance, peace and awakening. It is situated on 3 acres with well water, chickens and a vegetable garden. We are lovers of nature and want to do our part in honoring and caring for her. We provide washable drinking cups, rather than paper cups for students without water bottles and blue rolled wash cloths for hand towels in the bathroom. We recycle and repurpose what we can both at the sites we dance on and at our studio.

The earth needs each one of us to do what we can to preserve and sustain our environment  and to understand our intrinsic connection to other species and animals that inhabit and share this planet with us.

When you walk on the earth
Tread lightly so that you do not
disturb even a blade of grass.
Awaken to your surroundings
Respect, cherish and care for Mother Nature

An Accolade to Austin Pets Alive!

An Accolade to Austin Pets Alive!

Our mission at Blue Lapis Light is to create  transcendent works of beauty that are offered, without religious denomination, as prayers for the planet. Everything is here for a reason… every blade of grass, every seed, insect, animal, butterfly, bird…. it is incredible what the earth provides us. 

We are creating this community blog to intentionally communicate our care for the environment and the beautiful life it holds by recognizing the incredible organizations working to serve, preserve and heal the life that exists in the Austin area. 

 Blue Lapis Light Tanks & Tees ($25+ donation benefitting BLL & APA!)

Blue Lapis Light Tanks & Tees ($25+ donation benefitting BLL & APA!)

This month we are recognizing Austin Pets Alive! to show our support for the love and compassion they show to rescue animals of all sizes and backgrounds. We truly admire APA!’s mission to uphold a no-kill reputation by not only being a place of safety for its own animals but actively standing up against kill shelters in surrounding areas with the ultimate goal of creating a “No-Kill Central Texas.” To read more about APA!’s endeavors visit their mission page. 

To support APA and BLL, we have Blue Lapis Light tank tops, t-shirts, and long sleeved shirts available for a suggested donation of $25 or more. 10% of all proceeds will be given to Austin Pets Alive. If you are interested in donating in exchange for one of our shirts, email our studio manager and Associate Artistic Director, Nicole Whiteside at nicole@bluelapislight.org

 Rescue Pup: Fabio

Rescue Pup: Fabio

 Rescue Kitty: Romeo

Rescue Kitty: Romeo