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  January 2012 Newsletter

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The Lasting Impact of TAP After School
by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director
FACT: More than 80% of TAP After School students report feeling more creative, confident and better able to express themselves after participating in our programs.

We are proud to begin our busiest spring semester ever with after school residencies throughout Austin, Del Valle, Round Rock, Eanes, Manor and Bastrop ISDs, and Foundation Communities and Housing Authority of the City of Austin sites. There are 55+ TAP Teaching Artists providing programs at more than 60 after school sites each week. In fact, we provide about 480 hours of residency-based programming each week!

What is at the heart of our success this 2011-2012 school year? Why are so many schools clamoring to have our program? I believe we are successful because we are mission driven. We stay true to our goals and constantly strive to improve our programs.
TAP’s mission is to use the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP's team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their 
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It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to see how we support our youth as creative artists. Every TAP After School classroom embraces a dynamic and unique creative project driven by the ideas and excitement of the students. Our students have opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings through an artistic project and understand how art can affect positive change in their community by sharing it with their peers and families.
We support academ
ic development by providing opportunities for our youth to be critical thinkers and make connections to their core academic studies. Whether negotiating teamwork in the creative process, communicating ideas to their peers or analyzing texts and various forms of media, students understand diverse perspectives and develop powerful communication skills. We encourage our students to actively question and engage in the world, and realize the impact of their own choices.

We create a space in TAP After School classes for students to practice being confident leaders. We ask students to demonstrate community consciousness by designing a creative project that addresses a community need. Students are expected to set goals for the completion of the semester project and achieve them. Our classrooms are a place where students inspire, encourage and lead each other as peers—they are the experts
 of their community. 

Our classroom culture of respect and compassion inspire our youth to be courageous allies. Bullying behavior is not allowed in our classes, and we help our students become courageous bystanders who stand up for targeted youth. We provide opportunities through stories and activities to develop empathy—a key component of counter-bullying strategies. We encourage our students to identify conflict when they see it and work together to find peaceful solutions not just throughout the creative process, but outside of the after school program.
del valle 2nd graders 2In October, TAP was recognized by the Central Texas Afterschool Network as the recipient of the Youth Program Quality Award for an Organization. We are proud of the honor, and our trainings and participation in Youth Program Quality (YPQ) workshops which have strengthened the impact of our programming. 83% of our YPQ-assessed programs scored higher than the national average, which reflect high standards for safety, support, interaction and engagement. And here is where our impact is truly
illustrated—because a TAP class does all that and more.

When you walk into a TAP After School class, you see that our youth are engaged and supportive of each other. But it’s deeper than that. Our youth are committed to their work as a community and believe that what they do—what they are creating and why—is important and meaningful. That belief is the lasting impact for us all.

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Registration is Now Open!
For Spring Break Creativity Camp
For Ages 5 - 12

Where We'll Launch TAP TV!

March 12-16 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway
For more info, call 512-442-8773,
or email

At TAP’s Spring Break Creativity Camp youth will produce their own television network, TAP TV! It's a different kind of network – one that is socially responsible and empowers youth.

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Each newsletter we will continue to bring more awareness to TAP's counter bullying efforts.  Recent highlights:

Musicians sharing their talent
Kudos to Christy Claxton and the South Austin Social Club who have hosted two music gatherings to support Theatre Action Project's anti-bullying efforts. Christy and her team have raised hundreds of dollars so far. Thank you Christy!

Ballet Austin Partnership
TAP is working with Ballet Austin on the Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project to promote the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue.

The partnership includes:

The Courage to Stand,
highlighted performances of this in classroom program that brings awareness to bullying and The Holocaust.

Lanterns of Light, A series of community events to build lanterns for a Holocaust Remembrance Day event on April 19. Contact us to learn more!

Teens in Action Night, March 22nd at Travis High, featuring Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble
SafePlace, the Anti-Defamation League, LStyleGStyle and OutYouth. The FREE event features performances, speakers and activities to facilitate discussion and engagement for teens.



Vote for The Best of Times in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. Deadline January 31st.

It only takes 3 minutes to vote for The Best of Times, the album created by Sara Hickman and friends, benefiting TAP. Your vote helps promote the sales of The Best of Times album and raises more money for TAP programs. Plus, it is an incredible compilation of music including Willie Nelson!

Vote now by clicking here!

AND, buy your copy of The Best of Times,
at Waterloo Records, or download here.

Thank You to Our Supporters!
TAP would not be possible without
the generosity of the following
individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources.

Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Eanes ISD, Manor ISD, Del Valle ISD, Bastrop ISD, Housing Authority of the City of Austin, 3M, Applied Materials, Bank of America, City of Austin Cultural Contracts EGRSO, City of Austin Department of Health and Human Services, AmeriCorps VISTA, Eric and Laura Buehler, Benge-Hury Foundation, Burdine Johnson Foundation, Leslie and Tommy Erwin, Raman and Becky Dewan, ECG Foundation, Entrepreneurs Foundation, Exchange Club of Austin, Farm Credit Bank, Grande Telecommunications, Ann Graham and Arlen Johnson, H-E-B, Jackson Walker, The Junior League of Austin, Susan Kirr and Rusty Martin, Keith Beers and Helen Laughlin Beers Foundation, Lowe Family Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Meredith Family Interests, Meinig Family Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Mueller Foundation, Marnie and Dave Near, Office of Juvenile Justice and Detention Prevention, Kendall and Charlie Pace, Pacey Family Foundation, Gregory and Lamonica Perrin, Pfizer, Anne and Rich Smalling, Seton Family of Hospitals, Shield-Ayres Foundation, SXSW, Target, Texas Commission on the Arts, Topfer Family Foundation, Trull Foundation, Isabel and Dave Welland, Alex and Sonnet Wettreich, Carron Whittaker, United Way Capital Area, Webber Family Foundation.

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Visit EcoClean and Support Theatre Action Project

Austin's EcoClean will donate 5% of revenue generated on the FIVE Wednesdays of February 2012 to TAP. EcoClean's wet cleaning process is done without the use of dangerous dry cleaning chemicals making it more environmentally friendly. Their services include EcoClean Wash & Fold, Out, Out Damn Spot, Nice Day for a White Wedding, recycling used hangers, free delivery and pickup, and more!

EcoClean is located at 2915 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78705.  Call: (512) 236-8645
Thank you EcoClean for supporting TAP!

Make TAP's Wish Come True!

Help TAP get the books, paper,amazonwishlistbutton 2 scissors, arts and crafts materials and more we need for our programs.

Newsletter Contributors
Karen LaShelle, Executive Director
Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA
Theatre Action Project Staff and Volunteers

Interested in having TAP be part of your community? Contact us!

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Theatre Action Project is a nonprofit organization and a team of professionally trained artists and educators that works in partnership with schools and communities to lead unique and engaging arts programs which allow young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression and have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence.

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701 Tillery Street, Box 9
Austin, Texas 78702

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