Sarah, Megan, Chelsea, Dustin, and Emily (5 out of the 10 members of our TAP Lunch Network)
One of my favorite things about TAP is its commitment to community. This commitment is in our mission statement and an integral part of every program, performance, and event we do.
School communities come together to watch and participate in our TAP in the Classrooms performances. The teenage actors in our Changing Lives Youth Ensemble form their own communities as they craft their shows and then reach out to other communities in schools all over Austin. Families in the Lamar/ 183 neighborhood have gotten to know each other and their communities through our ongoing Neighborhood Project. And events like our Mac and Cheese Smackdown bring together people from all over town.
Basically, bringing people together and fostering community is what TAP does and, frankly, we do it well. I think our success is due in large part to the incredible sense of community in our office and among our staff. I could talk about our open communication, our sense of humor, or our joy in working for a cause we support and believe in, but instead I would like to focus on something much more tangible (and delicious): food.
One of the coolest things about this office, atleast so far as I’m concerned, is our lunch break. I know many employees eat together at lunchtime, but I don’t know of anywhere else where they cook for each other. While pulling together lunch for ten can be a bit stressful, each of us only does it twice a month and I think we’d agree that coming together to eat is pretty wonderful. The food usually isn’t fancy—soups, salads, spaghetti, and so forth (though we have had stroganoff and homemade pizzas, too)—but it doesn’t need to be. That’s because, really, our lunches aren’t about the food; they’re about community.
Blog Author: Elizabeth Kohout—TAP Programming Assistant