The Changing Lives Youth Ensemble, made up of high school students from all over Austin, is in collaboration with Safe Place and focuses on creating plays that raise awareness about dating violence and other related issues.
The New Stages program is for incarcerated youth at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center; where we work with youth to talk about their life experiences through creative expression in preparation to create a play about their lives.
So what does Dukes and Gibbs have to say about TAP?!
“It is encouraging to see that the grants will support awareness and prevention of teen dating violence,” said Rep. Dukes. “With continued awareness, and programs like this, we can ensure that no young Texan has to experience the danger or anguish of abuse from a dating partner.”
“TCA is pleased to invest funds in organizations like Theatre Action Project that provide artistic services directly to students who are in need,” said Dr. Gary Gibbs, Executive Director of Texas Commission on the Arts. “TAP’s work with juvenile offenders and young people who have experienced domestic violence addresses the priorities of State government in creative, innovative, and engaging ways.”
TAP thanks Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes and Executive Director of Texas Commission on the Arts Gary Gibbs for supporting our mission to reach Austin youth through the creative arts and create social change!!
Check out the media release here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/release.php?id=2903.