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Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes and Executive Director of Texas Commission on the Arts Gary Gibbs support TAP!!

TAP’s Youth Theatre Symposium


Dukes recently announced that TAP received 3 grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts through a media release. These grants support our Changing Lives Youth Ensemble and New Stages programs.


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.

About creativeactionaustin

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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