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Getting Your Heart Beating

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

I visited TAP camp last Wednesday during our Rhythm and Drums week. The energy in every session was electrifying. There’s something about making a rhythmic sound that makes your heart beat faster. I witnessed the fun you can make from making a drum out of a plastic paint bucket turned upside down, stomping your feet, and the ka-thump, ka-thump you get from moving your body and singing.

All of this drumming brought back memories of the show Stomp I saw years ago at Austin’s Paramount Theatre where everything was turned into a percussive instrument: brooms, plastic bags, pasta (yes pasta!) and even the kitchen sink.

Rhythm and Drums campers showed me that to be a creative artist, all that was needed was to trust in the guidance of a devoted Teaching Artist, follow our hearts, and step through the door to our imagination.

TAP Camp continues through August 1oth. Don’t miss all the fun!

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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