Mission

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.


Where

The OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe") is currently located in both San Marcos and Martindale, Texas. The OYOU is also a mobile nonprofit on wheels providing music and other charitable services across Texas. 


Creativity

Through year-round workshops, classes, and retreats at the OYOU, people of all ages experience the joy of learning a musical instrument, writing a song, or learning arts and crafts. Classes are tailored from beginning to advanced. Some classes are all ages and some only focus on a specific age group. 


Group Discussion and Retreats

The OYOU also provides activities for various group discussion and retreats geared towards enhancing physical and mental health and improving quality of life. 


Community

OYOU Programs are tailored for anyone — regardless of age or physical ability — to be able to enjoy music, arts, crafts, and shows without the worry of social or mobility issues within a facility. Our programs occur where anyone — regardless of income — can attend inspiring workshops on a variety of subjects tailored to enhance quality of life and community. The OYOU also provides a nurturing environment where underprivileged children can learn firsthand the joy and fullfillment of the arts. 


OYOU ON THE ROAD

The OYOU is a "Get-It-Done" grassroots operation. Here are some of the organizations we've been involved with over the years. 

Last Chance Forever - Birds of Prey Wildlife Sanctuary, Texas

Finley Oats Elementary School, Bonham, TX

STREAM Fest, San Marcos, TX

Katherine Anne Porter School, Wimberly, TX

Life's a Song Workshops, Port Aransas, TX

Pet Pals Of Texas

Canyon Creek Elementary School Special Education, Austin TX

Price Center San Marcos, Texas

Texas State Center of Texas Music History

Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South TX

Health Alliance Austin Musicians, Austin, TX

Cap City Kids, Austin TX

Tapestry Singers, Austin TX

Kinetic Kids, San Antonio TX

Bluebonnet Retreat (Cancer Survivors) Kaufman Ranch TX

Eric S. Obermann Foundation (ALS) Huntsville AL

Parkinsong (Parkinson's Projects) Bethesda, MD

Greater Youth Council, San Marcos TX

CASA of Lubbock and San Marcos TX

Association of Small Foundations TX

Austin Empty Bowl Project Austin TX

Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, CA

2014 OYOU Creative Women's Retreat

Women in Recovery, Tulsa OK

Bona Terra, Austin TX

Chase's Place, Dallas TX

PAWS Humane Society, Hays County, TX

Food Banks throughout Texas