mindPOP is an exciting initiative committed to expanding creative learning for kids and teens across Austin. Our approach brings together educators from the arts and school communities and funds practical ideas that help local students become inspired thinkers. mindPOP works to make Austin schools rich with creativity and innovation by supporting research, collaborative problem-solving, and funding solutions generated by arts and education professionals designed to help educators across Austin. Led by Dr. Brent Hasty, mindPOP organizes nonprofit peer groups to meet with field experts, analyze local obstacles, and identify promising practices. The practices focus on promoting equity, expanding quality instruction through Professional Development and improving the impact and coordination of creative learning resources. mindPOP works to create schools and communities rich in creative learning so that all students have access to the positive academic and social benefits of the arts.