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Fun and Poignancy at TAP’s Youth Arts Festival

Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival was held Saturday, May 12th at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum. The festival featured work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area.  Here’s a sampling of some of the youth art work and performances featured this year.

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Left to right: Del Valle MS Film Club, Display Art of the Zapotec Indians by Ojeda MS, Youth Arts Festival host Lina Green of Changing Lives Youth Ensemble , Boo the Tiger  artwork by Sayi Ramirez, 7th grade, Ojeda MS

Left: Del Valle Middle School’s “Voices”  Right: Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble’s “Outside the Box”- with Lina Green and Aaron Michael Owens-Crain

Left: Stars of the Future mural painted by Dobie Middle School
Right: 1000 Cranes for Luis, a tribute film to Luis Flores, by Ojeda Middle School

Youth Arts Festival Success

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work at Theatre Action Project’s 5th Annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their dynamic work from the year with family and friends. PLUS, TAP presented its inaugural Shining Light Awards to these school and community partners:

Angel Alvarez, (left) teacher at Hillcrest Elementary is TAP’s In-School Partner of the Year
Karen Lashelle (right)

Aaron Steger (left), Site Coordinator Del Valle Middle School
Presented the After-School Partner of the Year by Karen LaShelle

The Webber Family Foundation is recognized as TAP’s Community Partner of the Year. Marisol Foster accepts the award from Karen LaShelle

Carol Acurso, is TAP’s Volunteer of the Year

Lina Green is presented The Vanessa Simms College Scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Vanessa Simms, a former Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble member.

Featured schools at the festival:

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bastrop Middle School,  Burnet Middle School
Cedar Creek High School,  Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Del Valle Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Garcia Middle School, Manor High School, Mendez Middle School, Ojeda Middle School, Webb Middle School, and Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Follow our Facebook page and Flickr account for photo updates of the art and artists featured at the Youth Arts Festival.

 

Students Show Variety of Talents at the Youth Arts Festival

This past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival, our middle and high school students got to share their work from the year in front of family and friends. From drawings, to theatrical performances to movies, these students showed us their many talents.

Ojeda Middle School created “Alebrijes”, which are 3-Dimensional  wood carvings the Zapotec Indians of the Oaxacan Valley of Mexico. But instead of wood, these students created paper-mache and then painted intricate designs on their sculptures.

Artist: Sherri Wegleitner
Title: Skittieluv the Cat
Ojeda Middle School
6th Grade

Ojeda Middle School also created a short film via light box animation titled So We All May Live, which taught the theme of saving the ecosystem.

Lightbox animation by Ojeda MS
Title: So We All May Live

This past year, Ojeda Middle School lost a dear friend named Luis Lopez Flores. The students got together to honor him by creating one thousand paper cranes to bring peace to him and the community. They also made this film, 1000 Cranes for Luis as a tribute to their lost friend.

Del Valle Middle School students made a short film about zombies called The Last Day of School (pictured below) and a documentary about science, space, and learning called Cardinal 1.

“Last Day of School” film by Del Valle MS

Check out more art from the Youth Arts Festival with photos on our Facebook and videos on Youtube.

TAP’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival a Success

“Texas Angel” by Dobie Middle School’s Lorena Castillo

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work this past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival, at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their work from the year in front of family and friends.
Schools featured at the festival included:

Check out some of the photos from the event on Facebook!

Now that we’re finishing our end of year presentations and the school year is winding down, we’re busy preparing for summer camp!  Where will you be this summer?

Vampires, Classic Opera and More Inspire TAP’s 5th Annual Youth Arts Festival!

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival will be held this Saturday, May 12th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boyd Vance Theatre. This festival is our opportunity to share the imaginative work of our Middle and High School students you, our community. You do not want to miss this festival!

This year’s line-up represents a broad spectrum of creativity from the region’s youth, from a movie about vampires, a digital story inspired by a classic opera, a mural created to inspire a school community, to a play about the voices that try to control our choices.

These original works of art will inspire you as you experience the imaginations and bold voices of our students. The festival will feature work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area. Festival hosts and keynote performers will be from the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Schools featured at the festival include, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bastrop Middle School, Burnet Middle School, Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Del Valle Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Garcia Middle School, Manor High School, Mendez Middle School, Ojeda Middle School, Webb Middle School, and the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble done in partnership with Theatre Action Project and SafePlace.

Come out on Saturday and support the work of our region’s youth!

The Youth Arts Festival takes place at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702. Admission is Free. For more information, click here, or call: 512-442-8773.

A Semester Full of Activity

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

I agree with Katie Grills, Punxsutawney Phil the ground hog’s prediction of six more weeks of winter won’t keep us at Theatre Action Project (TAP) from planning for a power-packed spring semester of programming and events. A few highlights you may want to plan on:

  • Theatre Action Project at the Zilker Kite Festival, Sunday March 4. Visit our booth for a fun puppet show and walk away with some creative face painting. For all ages! And, we need volunteers too. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact, Katie Grills at katie@theatreactionproject.org.
  • Spring Break Activity Camp for Ages 5-12, March 12 – 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751
    Over spring break, youth will produce their own television network: TAP TV! TAP TV! is a different kind of network – one that is socially responsible and empowers the youth of today. Our campers will work together on creative projects including: music videos, short films, public service announcements and news segments that inspire youth to make the world a better place. We invite friends and family to the network launch on Friday afternoon. Extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at an additional cost. To register, click here.
  • Big Hair Country Fair, March 24 at the Salt Lick Pavilion, 7 – 11 p.m.
    The event features hairdos for attendees provided on site by Birds Barbershop stylists. Guests will also enjoy all the Salt Lick BBQ they can eat, refreshments, armadillo races, carnival games and a vintage photo booth complete with costumes. Musical entertainment is provided by Western Swing band Hot Club of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project in Austin. TAP artists and educators work in partnership with Austin area schools and communities to lead unique and engaging arts programs allowing young people to learn critical life skills, gain tools for creative expression and have successful experiences that build self-esteem and confidence. Price: $75, tickets are now on sale on our website. For information about purchasing a table, call: 512- 442-8773.
  • Youth Arts Festival, May 12
    Our semester celebration of all the creative and thoughtful work our middle school and high school students have been working on this spring. The students themselves will drive the production of the festival highlighting dance, film and video, art work and creativity. For the entire family!

Mark your calendars. Check out our event calendar for further updates.

Expectations

by Sharon Chin Li Ping, University of Texas Tower PR

Happy 2012 Tappers! Are we ready to begin this year with a dynamic start? I am! And what better way to usher in the New Year with new hopes and resolutions… Here is my short list of personal expectations for the arts: Read the rest of this entry