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Social Networking for Social Change


The growth of social media may have some concerned, but it certainly has its benefits. Charities and non profits have been able to take their fundraising online, introducing us to the wonderful world of micro donations. iGive, Donors Choose, Goodsearch are only a few sites that give individuals the chance to make one time donations and small donations without the pressure of a campaign.

iGive allows you to shop search and give! As you start your early shopping for the holidays give to any organization of your choice. If you join the iGive site today TAP will receive $1 and a bonus $5 when you make your first online purchase. Follow this link and sign up today!

We appreciate your support!

Ethnic Studies Week Oct 1-7


Press release for Ethnic Studies Week calls communities to rally and help the status of ethnic studies, calling this a time of “multi-cultural crisis.”

“ETHNIC STUDIES WEEK, October 1-7, was initiated by 210 educators from 27 states and dozens of communities, who dedicate themselves to expanding not banning ethnic studies. They teach in community colleges, K-12 schools, community colleges, Ivy League and big 10 universities, private liberal arts colleges and experimental nonprofit community and arts programs.”

There are events happening all over the US. For a full event list click here
To get involved in other ways, check out their website.

TAP wraps up first year of New Stages!


As our first year of the New Stages: Arts Empowerment for Juvenile Offenders program comes to a close there are many successes to celebrate. 66 teens have completed the program and have shown dramatic improvement in communication skills, self-esteem, team-work, literacy and they have developed positive relationships with their peers, staff and their own family members.

The girls I worked with over the summer created a piece called I Love You/ Te Amo. The performance was a series of monologues and poems that were performed for the girls’ parents. The girls’ intention in creating this piece was to have their parents understand where they were coming from so they could feel closer to their parents and in turn ask them for help when they need it. The girls explored reasons they had run away. They spoke about being pressured into drugs and, in turn, they would pressure others. The girls expressed their anger and frustration at their fathers being gone, or their family making them upset. In the end, the girls acknowledge their deep love of their mothers. Their monologues and poems reach out to their moms. The youth expressed that they were sorry for any trouble they had put their moms through, and that even though they didn’t always show it, they respected their moms.

It was really impressive to see the girls gather the courage to not only choose the topic, write and memorize the words, but then to actually perform this in front of their parents. I think the girls were extremely brave and it was a privilege to be able to see the reactions of the parents during and after the show. There were many tears and hugs among families. After the performance the girls met with their families for their weekly meeting. They discussed some of the things that came up during the play. I did not attend that portion of the evening, but I asked the girls if they had achieved their goal of forging a better connection with the parents. Once of the girls quite excitedly said yes. She said after the meeting her mother hugged her for a long time and told her that she did not want her to run away again. She asked her daughter what she could do to help her.

We recently received notice that New Stages will be funded for this upcoming year. I am excited to see what we are able to create, how many conversations we can start, how much confidence we can build, and how many connections we can make.

Amanda Hashagen
Middle and High School Program Director

Three ways to get involved with TAP


Hi there,

It’s Elizabeth, hijacking the TAP blog again. I’m excited to report that I’ve taken over our after school volunteer program and that this week marked the start of TAP after school volunteers’ presences in classrooms all over Austin. This blog post will serve to inform you of several ways you– yes, you!– can get more involved with TAP after school and TAP volunteering in general.

1. Become a TAP afterschool volunteer. This is a once-a-week, semester-long opportunity for you to work with one of our fabulous teaching artists (TAs) in a classroom somewhere in or around Austin. Our volunteers are crucial in helping our TAs tackle ambitious projects, manage large classes, and just generally work their TA magic. Contact me, Elizabeth, at elizabeth@theatreactionproject.org for more information or to schedule a volunteer orientation to be a TAP after school volunteer.

2. Get your office involved with TAP! We are always delighted to host corporate volunteers. If your office doesn’t currently have a volunteer program, check out this useful article from the business section of the New York Times that ran a few weeks ago. To find out more about our corporate volunteer opportunities, talk to Sarah Garza, our Community Relations Assistant, at sarahgarza@theatreactionproject.org.

3. Get trained as a Volunteer Project Leader. TAP has received a Volunteer Project Leader grant from Capital Area United Way’s Hands on Central Texas. This grant will enable us to continue building capacity in communities in and around Austin and we couldn’t be more proud or grateful. We now have the opportunity to train Volunteer Project Leaders (VPLs). VPLs will work with TAP, United Way, and other organizations associated with United Way to lead at least two projects by March 1, 2011. There are lots– I repeat– LOTS of options for projects. As a VPL, you might spearhead creating a craft activity for a TAP event, sort at a local pantry, or organizing a clean-up of a local park. Getting certified as a VPL will help you develop skills in leadership, civics, and community building (all of which would look great on a resume!) and provides a truly meaningful way to give back to the amazing, vibrant, and constantly evolving Austin community. If you’d like to be trained as a VPL, please contact Megan Fullen, our Community Relations Manager, at megan@theatreactionproject.org.

Hurrah for community engagement! Hurrah for volunteers!

– Elizabeth, After School Programs Associate

Become a Volunteer Project Leader!


TAP has received a Volunteer Project Leader grant from Capital Area United Way’s Hands on Central Texas. This grant will enable us to continue building capacity in communities in and around Austin and we couldn’t be more proud or grateful.

Here’s what all this means for you: We now have the opportunity to train Volunteer Project Leaders (VPLs). VPLs will work with TAP, United Way, and other organizations associated with United Way to lead at least two projects by March 1, 2011. There are lots– I repeat– LOTS of options for projects. As a VPL, you might spearhead creating a craft activity for a TAP event, sort at a local pantry, or organizing a clean-up of a local park. Getting certified as a VPL will help you develop skills in leadership, civics, and community building (all of which would look great on a resume!) and provides a truly meaningful way to give back to the amazing, vibrant, and constantly evolving Austin community.

If you’re interested in being trained as a VPL, please email Megan Fullen, our Community Relations Manager, at megan@theatreactionproject.org, for more information or to RSVP for a VPL training. The trainings will be held a week from today, on Thursday, September 30th, from 12- 2. or 6-7 at our office (701 Tillery Street). Food will be provided.

Elizabeth Kohout, After-School Programming Associate