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Fun and Poignancy at TAP’s Youth Arts Festival

Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival was held Saturday, May 12th at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum. The festival featured work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area.  Here’s a sampling of some of the youth art work and performances featured this year.

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Left to right: Del Valle MS Film Club, Display Art of the Zapotec Indians by Ojeda MS, Youth Arts Festival host Lina Green of Changing Lives Youth Ensemble , Boo the Tiger  artwork by Sayi Ramirez, 7th grade, Ojeda MS

Left: Del Valle Middle School’s “Voices”  Right: Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble’s “Outside the Box”- with Lina Green and Aaron Michael Owens-Crain

Left: Stars of the Future mural painted by Dobie Middle School
Right: 1000 Cranes for Luis, a tribute film to Luis Flores, by Ojeda Middle School

TAP’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival a Success

“Texas Angel” by Dobie Middle School’s Lorena Castillo

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work this past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival, at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their work from the year in front of family and friends.
Schools featured at the festival included:

Check out some of the photos from the event on Facebook!

Now that we’re finishing our end of year presentations and the school year is winding down, we’re busy preparing for summer camp!  Where will you be this summer?

Vampires, Classic Opera and More Inspire TAP’s 5th Annual Youth Arts Festival!

by Patrick Torres, Middle School and High School Program Director

Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival will be held this Saturday, May 12th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boyd Vance Theatre. This festival is our opportunity to share the imaginative work of our Middle and High School students you, our community. You do not want to miss this festival!

This year’s line-up represents a broad spectrum of creativity from the region’s youth, from a movie about vampires, a digital story inspired by a classic opera, a mural created to inspire a school community, to a play about the voices that try to control our choices.

These original works of art will inspire you as you experience the imaginations and bold voices of our students. The festival will feature work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area. Festival hosts and keynote performers will be from the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Schools featured at the festival include, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bastrop Middle School, Burnet Middle School, Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Del Valle Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Garcia Middle School, Manor High School, Mendez Middle School, Ojeda Middle School, Webb Middle School, and the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble done in partnership with Theatre Action Project and SafePlace.

Come out on Saturday and support the work of our region’s youth!

The Youth Arts Festival takes place at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702. Admission is Free. For more information, click here, or call: 512-442-8773.

Youth Arts Festival : Thoughts from the Producer

by Aron Taylor, Teaching Artist and Youth Arts Festival Producer

This year, I was given the opportunity to produce the Youth Arts Festival for Theatre Action Project presented on May 21 at the George Washington Carver Museum Theatre. The responsibilities were great, but so were the rewards.

Executive Director, Karen LaShelle being interviewed by KXAN TV and KEYE TV.

The day-long festival of music, performance, film, and dance kicked off with a level of energy that only seemed to increase throughout the day. TAP staff, volunteers, and participating students were excited and willing to make that energy explode into a feeling of community that can only happen when the spectacle and spectator are folded in on each other – as was the case for this event. This is not to say that the only people in attendance were the performers, quite the contrary. In fact, the entire showcase quickly lent itself to a standing room only event – something to be kept in mind for next year’s festival.

Viewing students, parents, friends, and television news crews filling the auditorium from the front of the stage all the way to the back walls of the Boyd Vance Theatre was almost as incredible as the action on stage itself.

Photos by Carol Acurso, Amanda Davis,  and Mary Alice Carnes.


Join us for the 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival

Please join us on May 21st at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum for our 4th Annual Youth Arts Festival. This event is going to be a lot of fun and is FREE! For more information please contact us or visit our website.