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Reflections of TAP Staff Appreciation BBQ 2011 in pictures

by Anita Ashton — Development Director

At Theatre Action Project, we are so lucky to have an engaged, hard-working board of directors who believe in what TAP does and in the individuals who do it. I was reminded of the special relationship between TAP board and staff at our annual Staff Appreciation BBQ. Organized by board members, the event was a celebration of the TAP family and the special contributions every individual in this quirky family brings to the important work we do.

That same youngest child makes an elaborate drum kit out of our collection of flower pots turned upside down. Pieces of discarded dowel that, no doubt, framed some puppet creation, made awesome drumsticks and he takes turns with other kids doing long solos to rhythms no one can follow.

Over here, Sarah Rinner is spearheading a homemade ice cream project that involves her new husband, a couple of TAP Teaching Artists led by Mr. Frank and my spirited youngest child--among others--in a blessedly cold, sweet success. Unfortunately, it also brought the dogs looking for a chance to lick an unattended spoon. Who am I kidding? It really only brought my dog Ruby, who was a comedic menace the whole time.

In the far corner, Dustin Wills has rigged a big, gold star-burst pinata near the badminton net. The kids all wait behind him waiting for their turns to swat the pinata and narrowly miss each other. Standing there, holding the rope that supports the pinata, surrounded by the kids, Dustin looks like Peter Pan with his lost boys (and girls).

Penny, the wayward Daschund mix, Teaching Artist Marcelo Teson found and is leaving with a foster family within days, is there too. She's keeping Ruby in line and being so sweet that I regret not taking her myself.

My favorite picture shows the whole crowd--with Karen there in the middle--in the shadow of our shed that declares in simple, big letters, what brings and binds us all together.

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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