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Back to Basics: Volunteer

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
The first day of school comes with so much anticipation and excitement. Reconnecting with old friends and making new friends used to make me so nervous every year. One thing I’ve noticed as an adult–many years out of the classroom–is how many people use going back to school time as a way to renew commitments. As you get back into a set routine this fall, consider adding volunteer service to Theatre Action Project to your list of must-do’s for this school year. Volunteering is a great way to get back to the basics of service, giving back and serving an inspiring mission:

Theatre Action Project uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

In 2011-2012, Theatre Action Project volunteers gave an average of 229 hours a month in our After School programs, at events, creating journals and crafts for our TAP in the Classroom programs, database management and social media. For our TAP Summer Camp, 22 volunteers gave over 1002 hours in just a few short weeks, assistant Teaching Artists with camps such as Songs for the Stage, Puppetpalooza, Rhythm and Drums, Playmakers, and more at several locations. What a great way to spend your summer and brighten children’s lives!

You have several volunteer options:

1) be a volunteer willing to take on a single project,

2) be “on tap” for projects as they come up, consider a more committed relationship as a TAP Volunteer Project Leader and recruit and lead your own project and TAP volunteers for specific tasks, or

3) as an After School volunteer assigned to a specific campus for the semester assisting a Teaching Artist.

If you are interested in getting back to the basics, please send us an e-mail about your volunteer interest and availability:

For TAP’s Open House on Thursday, October 4th. Learn all there is to learn about Theatre Action Project and find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you! Enjoy some food and refreshments, network, enjoy, and make new friends. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

PS: On my very first day at school as a five-year old (just before I turned six), my Mom didn’t know if the school provided lunch for us or if I needed a sack lunch. It was the best bag of grapes I’d ever eaten.

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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