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Calling all Artists! Tomorrow is the Deadline!

AIDS Service of Austin is looking for artists to design ASA’s 2010 holiday card.

Since the beginning of the AIDS crisis, artists have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic; artists have also contributed mightily to addressing the disease through their work (think AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Artists Against AIDS.)

The card artwork is a powerful way to remind people that one of every 378 Austinites has tested positive for HIV, and that one in five people who are positive do not know their status. The card art is also an opportunity to remind card recipients to think compassionately of our neighbors living with HIV and AIDS in the upcoming holiday season.

If you would like to be considered for creating the artwork, please submit a link to your portfolio. The deadline for expressing interest is Wednesday, September 1, and artists would have much of September to work on the piece.

Contact:Micah King

Communications Coordinator

AIDS Services of Austin

TAP Artist to Perform at The Hideout Tonight!

Hey TAP Family!

One of our own, Edwin Maldonado will be a featured poet tonight, Monday August 30th, at The Hideout.

Come watch a poet pour his heart out. It’s gonna be fun!

WHERE: The Hideout- 617 Congress Avenue (7th Street)

WHEN: Monday, August 30th- Open Mic from 6pm to 10pm

Sets @ 730pm, 830pm, 930pm

Hope to see you there tappers!

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

TAP is all about reaching youth through the creative arts to teach them about social issues that pertain to them! We recently came across this article and this bill would help serve the youth we work with on a daily basis. Take a look to learn more!

The Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this month, a bill that provides an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years to federal child nutrition programs including school lunch.If this is signed into law, it will be the first time in 30 years that the government has given additional funding to these programs.

Right now, Round Rock, and Georgetown are re-vamping their menus, working to get healthier meals to their students.

TAP Programing starts soon! Keep reading to discover all the wonderful events and programs we have coming up over the next semester.

It’s that time of year once again!

This week schools are back in session and you know what that means Tappers? Soon TAP will begin its fall programing. TAP After School and TAP In The Classroom will be back in action at schools all throughout Central Texas. Does your school offer TAP programing? Wish it did? Read more about our programs and have your school book one today!

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble Auditions

We are now holding auditions for the 2010-2011 Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Changing Lives is a group of teens who devise and perform original theatre pieces to educate their peers about safe and healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and relationship abuse. This program is a collaboration between Theatre Action Project and SafePlace.

This is a PAID opportunity for teens to put their talent and creativity to good use in our community!

High school aged actors, writers, dancers, musicians & creative types are encouraged to apply! Bring a friend!
No experience necessary/ enthusiasm & teamwork required.

Students in the ensemble must commit to the program for a full school year. The ensemble rehearses twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9 pm). In the Fall, we will build our ensemble skills and create our play. In Spring, we tour to middle schools, high schools, conferences and special events in the community.

for the 2010-2011 CHANGING LIVES school-year ensemble:
Tuesday, August 31st
SafePlace Community Room
1515 Grove St., Austin, TX 78741 map attached

Be prepared for teamwork exercises, group discussion & scene work.
No need to prepare anything, you will read from a script for your audition.

PLEASE RSVP to reserve your spot.

To RSVP & reserve your audition spot, please email or
text your full name & the word “audition” to Nitra’s cell (646-228-8133).

If you have questions about the program, please call Nitra @ TAP 442-8773 x208, on the cell @ 646-228-8133

OR check out one of the following sites online:

Check out our blog for more info about how we work!

To see a documentary about our ensemble:

Looking forward to a new & exciting year,

Nitra GutiƩrrez

Artistic Director, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble

TAP joins other organizations to help the arts live on!

TAP is now an official member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. The guild supports the creation and development of community arts education organizations and programs by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, funding, and high-profile leadership.

Being a part of the guild puts us into direct conversation and association with some of the best arts education providers in the country. As members we now have access to resources that can only help us strengthen our already amazing programs!

Check out what it’s all about!

Volunteering with TAP this Summer

Looking up from my computer, my eyes fall on a fond object creation that I made during TAP Summer Camp smiling back at me on my desk. With its face drawn on in sharpie, part of an egg carton for the body, a fuzzy ball for the tail and pipe cleaners for the ears, this bunny brings back fond memories.
While the kids were busy choosing sequins, googly eyes, styrofoam cups, and funky foam in order to craft their very own Babushka dolls, I helped their visions come to life by hot gluing various parts together, selecting great materials for their dolls, and being there to watch as they excitedly showed me the finished results. In the midst of the entire enthusiastic hubbub, I had a few moments of downtime, and having caught the creative bug, I also made my own little work of art.
As a volunteer this summer, I enjoyed being able to take part in the fun: To play games with the kids, to hang out with them at lunch, to color with them at the end of the day, and to learn with them about the many different ways to be creative. Not only did the kids have a lot of fun this summer learning, dancing, acting, singing, film-making, and creating works of art, I too had a blast. Thank you Theatre Action Project for such an enjoyable volunteer experience!
TAP Summer Camp Volunteer Michelle Cahill
Michelle was a great volunteer who devoted 240 hours of service to our Summer Camp’s, volunteering for six weeks of camp!