Young Poets Make Sense of Our World at the Vision+Voice Celebration

Young poets have an incredible opportunity to publish their poems, and gain greater access to authentic audiences.

Austin Community College is celebrating the winners of the 2020 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest on Saturday, September 5th at 6pm.

Yes, the pandemic disrupted our lives, but ACC will not stop in celebrating the students who participated in the 2020 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest. Instead of doing an in-person event, ACC has pivoted to use technology to celebrate these amazing students. Join Vision+Voice on Saturday, September 5 at 6pm to see what our Central Texas poets have created.

As always, the event features the world premiere of poetry videos shot at Austin PBS, an exhibit of the 2020 Vision+Voice poetry posters, words of encouragement from ACC Chancellor Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC Board Member Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, and our beloved Master of Ceremonies, New Orleans poet Brad Richard.

Vision+Voice is especially excited to have Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st US Poet Laureate, as an honored guest for this celebration of poetry.

The program also features interviews of the poets, their parents, and teachers.

“Right now, more than any time in our students’ lives, we need to make sense of our world. We need help connecting to others during these strange times and figuring out ways to express all the feelings and struggles that we’re going through. Poetry is a great way to do that. Thank you to the Vision+Voice program for providing these opportunities for our students. Thank you to all the young poets out there for sharing your words with us.” 
– Carrie Juettner, 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at Gorzycki Middle School.

About Vision+Voice

Vision+Voice is an annual poetry contest for K-12 students in the Austin Community College service area. Launched in 2013, Vision+Voice was established by ACC to provide multiple venues for students to become published poets, and give students more opportunities to share their work with authentic audiences. Poems of any language are accepted.

Winning poems are selected by a panel of judges consisting of ACC Creative Writing students, faculty, and published poets.

Vision+Voice provides students multiple opportunities to share their work:

  • All submitted poems are published at
  • Winning poets are invited to videotape their poems at Austin PBS studios, and these videos are posted on the Vision+Voice youtube channel.
  • Winning poems are published in an anthology.
  • One winning poem per grade is paired with original artwork by ACC students to produce posters that are displayed across ACC campuses and throughout Austin.
  • Public readings and poster exhibits are hosted by Malvern Books.
  • ACC hosts an annual celebration to celebrate the students, teachers and parents who participated in Vision+Voice.

Vision+Voice is a joint project of the Art & Digital Media Division and the Liberal Arts, Humanities & Communication Division at ACC.

Join us on September 5th at 6pm:

For more information contact
Polly Monear


2019-2020 ADM Highlights and Accomplishments

2019-2020 ADM Highlights and Accomplishments

One of the most rewarding experiences of being the Dean of Arts & Digital Media at Austin Community College is when we take the time to reflect on the prior year’s activities and share the highlights and accomplishments from our students, faculty, staff, and community partners. I encourage you to not only join us as we celebrate the achievements and points of pride, but to also take this opportunity to further explore what Arts & Digital Media has to offer you. As we like to say, “Your Story Starts Here” and we would love to be a part of your story. We proudly serve our mission to position our students to be successful in reaching their educational and career goals through an interdisciplinary pathway of leading-edge industry technology training and integration, university transfer preparation, and personal enrichment.

Dr. Tom Nevill, Dean of Arts and Digital Media

See our list of highlights and accomplishments!

ACC Becomes the First Adobe Creative Community College Campus in the Nation

ACC Becomes the First Adobe Creative Community College Campus in the Nation

Students at Austin Community College now have an extensive range of options to increase their digital skills, thanks to the new partnership between ACC and Adobe. Adobe’s suite of programs will provide students with cutting edge creative tools to become better communicators in a variety of media. As a result, they will be more competitive in the vibrant technology hub located in Central Texas and beyond.

Tom Nevill, Dean of Arts and Digital Media at ACC, played an essential role in forming this partnership. He says, “The Adobe Creative Campus Program means more faculty can develop immersive projects for the classroom and our students can graduate with advanced skills that will put them ahead in the modern workplace.”

Adobe Creative Cloud is a platform which allows everyone to tell their own stories in a visually compelling manner. Adobe’s cloud-connected applications for desktop and mobile devices enhance creative problem solving, collaboration, and overall efficiency when creating documents, imagery, video, and audio.

These experiences are vital for students to become the kind of skilled employees our rapidly-evolving job market demands. As Stephen Marshall, Adobe Digital Literacy Thought Leader says, “The workforce of the future expects students to be great communicators but also be comfortable in the digital space.”
We encourage students to take advantage of these resources and enhance their skills in using these digital tools enabling them to solve problems, produce innovative projects, and enhance communications. The end result? They will be prepared for the challenges of an evolving workplace and become vital contributors to their communities.
The suite of programs is available for $10 per semester for ACC students enrolled in class designated in the catalog as “Adobe eligible;” $50 per semester for all others. For more information contact Matt Evins,, (512) 223-7564

Academic Master Plan 2020 – 2025

Arts, Digital Media, and Communications
Academic Master Plan 2020 – 2025

“Creative Collaboration”

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A. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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1. Experiential Learning
2. Active and Collaborative Learning
3. Evidence of Student Learning and Preparation
4. The Future of Teaching and Learning

C. The Student Experience

1. Student Engagement
2. Student Advocacy

D. Program Development

E. Partnerships

F. New Theme (open ended)