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The Mind Pop Creative Classroom

by Brian C. Fahey, TAP in the Classroom Program Director

This morning, arts organizations from all over Austin, including Theatre Action Project, attended a showcase at Lamar Middle School hosted by MINDPOP. Teachers and Staff from Reilly Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Gullett Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Lamar Middle and McCallum High were in attendance. Each school has been selected by MINDPOP to participate in a pilot program that grants funding to bring arts-based programming to their students. The idea is that all schools in this particular feeder pattern will become arts-rich schools. In this morning’s showcase the schools learned about the variety of arts programs available to them.

MINDPOP is a coordinating body that facilitates a unique collaboration of educators, arts groups and funders passionate about the impact of creative learning on student success. Theatre Action Project is thrilled to be one of several arts organizations in Austin collaborating with MINDPOP to make the Austin Independent School District an arts rich district.

Over the course of the day we had several teachers and administrators visit our table. Nearly all had heard or worked with TAP before and they spoke candidly about the impact that our programs have had on their students. Days like today are special for TAP because we get to revisit with teachers who we have worked with over the years.

Thank you MINDPOP for making today possible!

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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