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TAP in the Community this Weekend!

Today The Big Read continues its program to encourage reading in the Austin area with a Halloween Celebration. With the help of Austin Parks and Recreation, ACC’s The Big Read will sponsor a family friendly Halloween party.The event begins at 6:30 pm at Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center, 34 Robert Martinez Jr. Street.

The Big Read is an effort to promote reading and increase the importance of literature with the help of many partners as well as a National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
TAP will have Halloween craft activities to add to the fun carnival like atmosphere.

This Sunday, Halloween day, Theatre Action Project is participating in the Mandala Harvest Festival at the HOPE Farmers Market.(10-3pm) This event is organized by The University of Texas, supported by partners: Austin Green Art and the Sustainable Food Center. Come enjoy an afternoon of celebrating culture! Don’t forget your canned goods or non-perishable foods to contribute to the edible art installation to benefit the Austin Food Bank.

TAP will have a Mandala activity table with a project that talks about creating a chart of symbols and colors which have meaning in your life. We also plan to make a poster for the event with some other info about different cultures and the history behind color and its meaning.

See you there Tappers!

Halloween Time!

Halloween is this Sunday and I’m still at a loss for what to dress up as. Some grow out of the whole dressing up and trick-or-treating ritual but not I. I love love love the decorations, the costumes, being spooked, and eating way too much candy. And since it is that time of year you’ve got to have the costume, the right candy and remember safety!

Shop for a costume through iGive!
Any time you search or shop, iGive is there for you. Sign up and support TAP with iGive today: It’s free! Once signed up, install the iGive Toolbar. With every search you earn TAP 1 cent, and each time you shop TAP could receive as much as 26% of the value of your purchase. Shop through iGive at Nordstrom, Netflix, Radio Shack, Barnes and Noble, and more! Living made easy.

Spruce up your home with items from King Florist’s
With their “One Bloom at a Time” Program TAP receives 5% of your purchase!

And don’t forget to check out new items on GivShop everyday. Find good deals and support TAP at the same time!

Dusk Opening Night!

TAP Business and Development Associate Chelsea Gilman has been involved in the Austin improv community for several years. Come see her this weekend in Dusk. Last year the show sold out and also toured to the Second City Skybox Theatre at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Tank Theatre in New York City.

Produced by Gnap! Theater Projects, Dusk is a loving mockery of the latest pop cultural sensation, The Twilight Saga. Vampires and Werewolves, oh my! Check out photos and a video trailer from this years production.

The show opens tonight and runs through November 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre.

Time to brush up on your Twilight trivia folks!

Help keep the lights on Afterschool

Yesterday, October 21st, 1 million Americans celebrated the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool. Organizations and Schools all over Austin took part, YMCA, Heart House, and Boys and Girls Club to name a few. Activities included cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, performances, spelling bees, sport activities, tutoring and much more.

Jodie Grant, Executive Director of Afterschool Alliance shared a few words on the importance of Afterschool Programs.

“….it is more important than ever that we use Lights On Afterschool to shine a light on the inspired, engaged and innovative learning that occurs after the school day ends and before parents get home from work. Today’s afterschool programs have moved far beyond the mission to keep kids safe. Today, afterschool programs are at the forefront of educational innovation – creating school, community and faith based partnerships to bring resources, caring adults and exciting curricula to children in the hours after school.”

7500+ events took place calling attention to the need for more afterschool resources. To see pictures and read blogs about yesterday’s events check out Lights Afterschool Facebook event page!

Women who are involved in Community Arts

I am pleased to announce the 2nd annual Owl’s Nest Retreat facilitated by myself with TAP founder, Lynn Hoare.

The Owl’s Nest Retreat
A weekend long retreat for women who use the arts to engage community.
Friday, February 11th at 3:00pm through Sunday, February 13th at noon, 2011.

This weekend retreat will offer women a chance to gather with other working professionals to explore their roles as facilitators, program directors, artists and scholars in a creative, comforting, natural setting. Using our own stories as source and resource, we’ll discover ways to build community and carve and create new ideas in our work. We will experiment with, share and explore devising techniques. All weekend long we will reflect and relax while generating opportunities for connection and discovery.

Check it out and join us!

Karen LaShelle
Executive Director

Hey Tappers it’s time to GivShop!

We are partnering with a new Austin-based company, GivShop, to pilot an innovative donation concept. GivShop brings businesses and communities together to help raise money for local non-profits. If you sign up for GivShop, you’ll receive daily deals of up to 80% off great Austin products and fun activities. With every purchase you make, GivShop donates 50% of their profits to the local non-profit of your choice, including us! Giving doesn’t get any easier or more fun. The more people that use GivShop, the more we give back to our community. Why just shop when you can GivShop! Sign up here:

Spruce TV – Pilot Episode: "Meet the Sprucettes!"

Hello friends!

TAP Teaching Artist Chris Hatcher has just launched Spruce TV. Check out the Pilot Episode below, “Meet the Sprucettes!” If you’ve ever sat in a comfy chair or enjoyed an ice cold beer this show is for you.

Chris Hatcher Pictures has gone full HD, and the whole show was shot with a Canon 7D.

And look out, this Wednesday, the show will be featured on Design*Sponge.