by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director
This year Theatre Action Project (TAP) embraced a new project in partnership with the University of Texas School of Public Health and funding support from St. David’s Foundation. Our afterschool programs have always been active and artsy, but this project was a new intentional way for us to bring those two engaging elements together in the Bastrop and Del Valle communities.
The Active Play Project is a program that promotes student health by painting markings around the school playgrounds and sidewalks that facilitate physical activity and connect to academic learning. TAP’s team of amazing Project Leaders led their afterschool youth in generating the marking designs, convening an action team of school personnel to support the project, and coordinating community painting days in April and May. The 10-campus project was hugely successful, and students are already proudly sharing their paintings and how to interact with them with their peers and families. We look forward to seeing the benefits of this engaging project for years to come.
The Active Play KXAN news article can be found here.
P.S. My favorite camp memory was playing Queen Bidgood in a dramatization of “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” during an art and drama camp at the school where my dad taught. My dad had gotten a real bathtub for us to use in acting out the play–hauled it into the art room and everything