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Immigration and Identity

On March 11, 2009, students from Brown Elementary and Mendez Middle School participated in a private tour at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (TSHM). This opportunity is part of a larger collaboration between Theatre Action Project and the TSHM which focuses on immigration and identity and incorporates the history of immigrants through Galveston Island in Texas.

Staff members from the Education Department led the tour of their latest exhibit “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island” and the following interactive workshops to teach the youth about the stories of some of the people who went through Galveston Island. The youth will use what they learned in their class projects throughout the rest of the semester.

The Mendez students will perform their original play on April 18th at 2:00 pm in the Spirit Theatre at the TSHM as part of the Youth Collaborative Showcase. The students from Brown will share their short films on immigration as part of an art installation at the Dougherty Arts Center from May 19-29 this spring, with other TAP schools participating.

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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