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The OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe") Center for the Creative Arts, is a 501 C3 non-profit with roots in both Martindale, and San Marcos, Texas. The OYOU provides a variety of workshops, concerts, programs, lessons, retreats, and group discussion to the entire community - regardless of income, social, or mobility issues. With a primary focus in music, education, performance, and creative writing, the OYOU's mission is to make the arts accessible to everyone. Because everyone should be able to embrace and enjoy the arts.

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Phone Number: 512-357-4284
Address: 415 N Guadalupe Street PMB 288
San Marcos, TX 78666-5719
In the past year, the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe"), found a permanent location on Wilory Farm, in Martindale, Texas. There are plans in the works to build the structure where additional programs can be hosted. The OYOU runs a successful free concert series, called the "Snowbird Concert Series." It became a community event and was sponsored by the City of San Marcos Arts and Recreation Department. The OYOU hosted its 4th Annual Creative Women's Retreat where "Women in Need" are invited to come for free and on scholarship. These women include full-time caregivers, special education teachers, coaches, women having undergone or currently going through cancer treatment or a health crisis, and hardship cases. We choose women who contribute to their communities in spite of their challenges. We also choose women who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend the retreat. The OYOU hosted the "Playing for Good" art and music festival and was able to give back $1500 to various nonprofits in San Marcos. In conjunction with The Root Cellar in San Marcos, The OYOU threw together a flood relief concert and was able to raise $2700 for Hurricane Harvey victims in Port Aransas, Texas. The OYOU hosts successful workshops on everything from songwriting to learning to play a musical instruments. Programs are hosted at a variety of locations, thus further inviting community involvement. These locations include San Marcos based establishments like Quail Creek Country Club, and Saint Mark's Episcopal Church. In July the OYOU will host its first youth songwriter camp in downtown Martindale. The OYOU can now boost an email list of over 10,000 people, and continued successful presence on social media. The OYOU has a team of loyal volunteers that come from San Antonio, Austin, and the surrounding areas to contribute their time to making our events a success. Our longtime Epilepsy Support Group Meetings have been folded into the Central Texas Epilepsy Foundation. This meeting is the only meetings of its kind in the area. This year, we are expanding into additional music and writing educational programs. The women of "Harvest" (women's songwriting class) will have a group concert this summer. The OYOU will also host songwriting sessions for those with special needs and their caregivers at Wilory Farm. We will co-host an Access-Ability Festival with the City of San Marcos this Fall. We will host our 3rd Annual "Playing for Good Art & Music Festival" October 14th.

Impact Statement

I've been a singer-songwriter, author, performer, and businesswoman - running my own record label since 1996. My career has given me the opportunity to tour and perform at festivals, concert venues, and arts centers worldwide for over two decades. My journey has been a fortunate one, but not without obstacles. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in the early 90's. Music, writing, and the arts, helped me overcome my health challenges and thrive in spite of them. My purpose in life, is to introduce others to the arts in hopes that they, too, can gain a new perspective on life. Simply put: Arte es vida. Art is life. In 1992, I taught guitar lessons to inner city teenagers at a juvenile detention center in New Braunfels, Texas. Teaching a troubled child how to express their emotions through music has also had a lasting impact on me. Over the years, in addition to my tour schedule, I've played music for senior citizens, underprivileged children and adults, those with disabilities, cancer, neurological issues, and other illnesses. These ongoing experiences continue to reconfirm the notion of the power that music and the arts can have on the human soul. The OYOU stands for "Own Your Own Universe." It's a lyric taken from a song of mine called "Wallet." It's my belief that all things are possible with a sense of purpose, a work ethic, and a mission greater than ourselves. The OYOU's mission is to provide a variety of workshops, concerts, programs, lessons, retreats, and group discussion to the entire community - regardless of income, social, or mobility issues. With a primary focus in music, education, performance, and creative writing, the OYOU is making an impact on the arts every single time a program is launched. In doing so, it reaffirms the notion of the power that the arts can have on the human condition and soul. Our programs are accessible to everyone. Because everyone should be able to embrace and enjoy the arts.
Terri Hendrix
Executive Director
Own Your Own Universe

Needs Statement

$5000.00 would enable the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe") to continue to offer free and or discounted rates for our 2018 programs and events while paying our artists, musicians, workshop leaders, and performers. We are specifically targeting people and locations where there is great need for the arts and music education. Our programs all reinforce the power that the arts can have on the mind, body, and spirit. For additional information on our programs and events please visit our website.
"The OYOU is community. Finally an organization for all ages. Class for me and classes for my kid. Father and son will write that song together"
- Dan Epsum

OYOU is an amazing non-profit organization! It is an incredible creative arts center that provides workshops, concerts, programs, lessons, and group discussion to the entire community. People are able to receive therapy, support, and growth through the arts, with a primary focus on music, literature, theater, and art. There is something for everyone, from kids to seniors. Come and check out OYOU! You are in for a treat!"
- Nancy Michlin

"Own Your Own Universe - the name says it all! This organization is all about sharing the arts, music and creativity with everyone. Every event has been an inspiration to me. Terri is a powerhouse who pours her heart and soul into sharing her gifts. This amazing dream of hers is changing the world in the best possible way. I am so glad to be along for the ride!"
- Leslie McKinnon

"This is a fantastic organization with heart. OYOU provides a lot of people with a lot of opportunities for personal growth and development that they might otherwise not be shown. There are no words I can find that really would adequately describe this organization. The best way to learn more about them is to dip your toe in as a participant and / or supporter. Keep up the good work, OYOU...you're changing lives one at a time, which is changing our world for better!!!"
- Dana Jones

"The spirit that the OYOU brings to its participants creates an environment of growth and learning (about others and ourselves) that stays for a long time. I attended the Women's Retreat and am still feeling filled up with love and compassion. My cup runneth over! I learned so much about myself and am seeing other people through different eyes, and recognizing that we are all part of the same mold regardless of our economic or developmental or mobility differences. I left wanting to pay it forward as much as I possibly can. Thank you OYOU for making the world such a better place! I highly recommend supporting or participating in the OYOU in any way you can. Through giving, we receive so much!"
- Lisa Kay

"Don't fix what isn't broken! This year, my first OYOU Women's Retreat, was lovely and exactly as it should have been. Beautiful sharing from so many amazing, inspirational, courageous, insightful, caring, talented women. Thank you from the deepest, darkest depths of my heart! Keep on keepin' on! What a remarkable, giving example you shine on the world. Words fall short. Thank you and ALL who contribute to make so many possibilities for those you serve. Wow. Just wow."
- Leah Marie Kelly

"This was my fourth OYOU Women's Retreat, and it just gets better every year. It is literally sustenance for my soul. Terri Hendrix holds a safe and welcoming space for an inspiring, courageous, and talented commUNITY of women. The programs are excellent and provide an opportunity for creative self expression and growth. This retreat will be on my list of "must-dos" for years to come. Thank you OYOU!"
- Cindye Sablatura

"I was nervous taking the ukulele class with Kevin Carroll. But after awhile, I loosened up and had a great time. There was no pretense or expectations. I learned a whole lot."
- Freddy Remmling

"... Was the extra nudge I needed to fulfill a 20+ year long dream to finish writing a song! Can't thank Terri enough for taking the plunge, expanding OYOU and making her visions a reality!"
- Nicole Lozada

"We learned from, taught and inspired one another. We are strangers no more, we are family. I smile and am lifted whenever I think of this weekend, and these women. When I am moved by something, i have to share it with THEM now, that new family I have. It was the most soul-enriching weekend I've ever spent in my life and the tears of joy I shed were filled with wonder and magic."
- April Anschutz

Match Amount

$1000

Matching Funds Description

Deep Eddy Vodka will be matching donations to Own Your Own Universe on Amplify Austin Day up to $1000.
We welcome volunteers of all ages. We host a variety of concerts, programs, workshops, and other special events. If you'd like to volunteer, please visit our website for additional information.