In case you don't already know that Austin's own Theatre Action Project (TAP) is one of the top arts-based curriculum programs in the country, there's even more proof to bring it to your attention.
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award announced their 2012 finalists yesterday, and TAP is one of the 50 national finalists vying for the $10,000 award and an invitation to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House awards ceremony.
Out of all of their amazing programs conducted each year, it was TAP's "Out of School Time" programs geared toward Pre-K through 12th graders in and around Austin that secured the nomination for them this year. They are now in the running with similarly excellent humanities and arts programs from across the country, spanning every region of the country.
TAP Executive Director Karen LaShelle, the driving force behind the consistent growth and success of the nonprofit organization over the last few years, thanked her teaching artists who carry out TAP's mission in the schools every day across Central Texas. "We are honored to be a finalist amongst some of the best arts education organizations from across the country," she says.
If your students don't get to experience the amazing benefits of a Theatre Action Project teaching artist at their school, it's time to once again sign them up for one of the four TAP Summer Camps available this summer. There they can experience the interactive art lessons of film, acting, puppetry, dance and music to find their voice and confidence as aspiring community leaders. Classes are taught throughout the summer in various Austin locations, and scholarships are always available.