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The 4 C’s in Action in TAP After School

by Natalie Goodnow, Artistic Associate

All of Theatre Action Project’s (TAP) programs seek to inspire young people to become 4 C students: Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders in their communities.  We’ve seen some fabulous examples of the 4 C’s in action in TAP After School (TAPAS) throughout the course of the spring semester.  Check it out:

Creative Artists are people who express their thoughts, opinions, and feelings through an artistic medium. 
Some shining examples of creative artistry took place in Teaching Artist Mitch Bowman’s 3rd-5th grade TAPAS class this spring, in which students spent the semester studying elements in the Sensory Alphabet: Line, Shape, Light, Motion, Color and Space.  They applied this knowledge in the creation of a gorgeous shadow puppet play, “Musicians of the Sun,” based on an ancient Aztec myth about how color and music came to our world.

Courageous Allies are people who recognize injustice, demonstrate empathy for others who are targets of injustice, and identify themselves as courageous bystanders so as to address injustices.
Check out this commercial for “The Courageous Kit,” created by 4th and 5th graders of Smith Elementary with Teaching Artist Christin Davis.  It’s a FANTASTIC example of Courageous Allies in action!  It’ll teach you how to be a courageous bystander!  And it’s funny, too!

Critical Thinkers are people who understand diverse perspectives, evaluate the consequences of their choices, actively question and engage in their world.
The short play “Voices,” written and performed by students of Del Valle Middle School, with the guidance of Teaching Artist Sophi Hopkins, premiered at the TAP Youth Arts Fest on May 12, 2012.  I believe it’s one of the best examples of young people engaging in critical thinking through art that you will ever find.

Confident Leaders are people who demonstrate community consciousness by designing creative projects aimed at addressing a need in that community.
We are so proud of the Confident Leaders of Ojeda Middle School, led by Teaching Artist Moeko Crider, whose lightbox animation film “So We All May Live” also premiered at the TAP Youth Arts Fest this May.  Their animation aims to address pressing ecological needs in our global community by exploring human impacts on the environment in different parts of the world through the eyes of our animal friends.

Congratulations to all of our TAPAS Teaching Artists on a stunningly successful spring semester!

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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