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TAP National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Program Award

by Mary Alice Carnes,  Community Relations Director

Theatre Action Project (TAP) received the news this week from the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) that TAP has been selected as one of the 50 finalists “distinguishing it as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country.” TAP is being considered for the Award because of our successful work in youth after school and out-of-school arts and humanities learning.

The 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Award recipients will be notified by the end of June. Those selected are awarded with a $10,000 one-time grant and an invitation to attend the white House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Karen LaShelle, our Executive Director, talked about the TAP programs that the NAHYP Award is spotlighting. “Our Out of School Time programs reach thousands of PreK-12th grade youth in Austin, Bastrop, Eanes, Manor, Del Valle and Round Rock every day. Our team of teaching artists are trained professionals who provide engaging, meaningful and impactful opportunities for youth to become creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders, and we are honored to be a finalist amongst some of the best arts education organizations from across the country”

As a finalist, Theatre Action Project will receive a 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Certificate of Excellence and be listed in the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award publication and NAHYP website.

For more information about Theatre Action Project’s programs, click here.

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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