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Monthly Archives: January 2012

EcoClean and Theatre Action Project

Austin’s EcoClean will donate 5% of revenue generated on Wednesdays during the month of February 2012 to Theatre Action Project.  EcoClean’s wet cleaning process is done without the use of dangerous dry cleaning chemicals making it more environmentally friendly. Their services include EcoClean Wash & Fold, Out, Out Damn Spot, Nice Day for a White Wedding, recycling used hangers, free delivery and pickup, and more.

We invite you to visit EcoClean in February and support Theatre Action Project. EcoClean is located at 2915 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78705.  Be sure to mention Theatre Action Project.  For more information, call: (512) 236-8645.

Thank you EcoClean for supporting TAP!

Just Begin

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

Reading quotes is one of my favorite activities to do on a daily basis. There is always a chance that I run across one that inspires me. Today I ran across a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that really struck a chord.

“Whatever you do – or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

Reading through this quote makes me realize that Theatre Action Project really has followed this boldness to be the organization it is today. At the end of every month, I take statistics of our social media coverage and get to see our growth. I am always in awe of how much we can take our coverage out into the world through the web.

I am now entering my final month as an AmeriCorps VISTA at TAP, and these last few statistics will be some of the best yet, I just know it. Help us to reach a goal of making a 1,000 fans on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog to receive updates. I would love to see  us really expand our reach and continue to grow after I leave.


America’s Sunday Supper

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

Theatre Action Project got to play a small part in planning the first local America’s Sunday Supper event in Austin to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Sunday Supper is a national night of conversation that was started two years ago to honor the spirit of Dr. King. It’s a night to come together as a community and really get to the crux of what our world needs to be a better place. The goal of this first Sunday Supper was to ignite a community conversation about food insecurity. Read the rest of this entry

Vote for Best of Times on the Austin Chronicle Music Poll!

Vote for Best of Times on the Austin Chronicle Music Poll!

Singer songwriter Sara Hickman did a big thing for Theatre Action Project last year.  She got together with her friends in the music industry and created a 38 song, double-disc album all to help TAP bring more programs to youth in our area.  She has made sure that TAP is getting 100% of the proceeds!  Now, we have a chance to celebrate this album and continue to spread the word about how incredible it is!
Please go to: and vote for THE BEST OF TIMES by Sara Hickman and Friends.  Your vote matters and will help more people learn about this incredible album!

The album features:

  • Willie Nelson
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Rhett Miller
  • The Flatlanders
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
  • Abra Moore
  • David Garza with Todd Wolfson
  • Jimmy La Fave
  • Betty Soo
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Marcia Ball
  • The Sutcliffes
  • Colin Gilmore
  • Trout Fishing in America
  • Brave Combo
  • White Ghost Shivers
  • Ana Egge
  • Suzanna Choffel
  • Matt the Electrician
  • The Daze
  • Gretchen Phillips
  • Andrea Perry
  • Monte Warden with Colin Boyd
  • After Math
  • LZ Love
  • Darden Smith
  • Patrice Pike
  • Shelley King
  • Elizabeth Wills
  • Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman
  • Joe McDermott
  • Trish Murphy with
    Charlie Sexton & Skyrocket
  • Jess Klein
  • The Djembabes
  • Ray Von Foster
  • Christine Albert
  • Chris Gage
  • Graham Wilkinson

New TAP Banner

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Look for a fun TAP new banner to welcome you at TAP events, at school, and more.The banner project is one of many arts projects that volunteer Lauren Luscombe has created for Theatre Action Project. Her hours of work this year have supported our TAP in the Classroom programs and now at events and beyond with a shiny new banner.

If you’re interested in joining the TAP team and volunteering on fun sewing projects, support us at community events, or in the TAP office, please contact Katie Grills, Community Relations Assistant VISTA at Theatre Action Project has a slew exciting programs and events scheduled for Spring 2012 including the Zilker Kite Festival and TAP’s Big Hair Country Fair and YOU could be part of the fun!

After-School Volunteers

by Cassie Swayze, After School Programs Associate VISTA

Almost all of our nearly sixty campuses are already in the swing of the semester over at TAP After-School. We have so many gifted Teaching Artists in schools around Central Texas this spring and they all need your help! Are you interested in helping a Teaching Artist in their classroom? Want to learn more about TAP’s unique approach to learning? Interested in assisting in a theatre, art, music, or puppet class? Want to have FUN once a week inspiring Austin area youth? Read the rest of this entry

3M and STEM vs STEAM

by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA

The concept of STEM vs. STEAM is a high topic of interest to us here at Theatre Action Project. We firmly believe that the arts belong right there beside Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our MLK Day of Service at Austins 3M Innovation Center opened the TAP VISTA’s eyes to just how much the creative process is used in manufacturing basic products needed in our everyday lives.

From collaborating with staff to figure out the best way to convert voltage to household safe levels to figuring out the best adhesive for various types of tape, the 3M staff comes together to create and innovate every day.

While understanding of the basic STEM principles are of utmost importance to scientists and engineers at 3M, the reminder to “create” is written on the wall as a reminder of what must happen to provide the next generation with a brighter, better place to live.