Thursday, June 14, 2012

Theatre Action Project Receives $103,400 Grant to Work with Incarcerated Youth

Theatre Action Project Austin TX

Theatre Action Project Awarded $103,400 Grant from
Impact Austin to Support Program for Incarcerated Youth

This week Theatre Action Project (TAP) was awarded a $103,400 grant by Impact Austin. The grant will fund Theatre Action Project’s New Stages Youth Theatre Ensemble for students between the ages of 14 and 20 who have been released from the juvenile detention system. Impact Austin is a charity which combines annual donations from its members and gives multiple grants each June to local nonprofit organizations. The New Stages Youth Ensemble, which begins in September, will work together to create original plays about their experiences and will tour their shows and perform for more than 2,000 Austin area youth at schools and churches annually. A social worker will be a part of the program which will meet twice weekly at a halfway house. Youth members of the New Stages Youth Ensemble will receive compensation for their creative work with the program.

Ena Brant, Casework Manager with the Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center, talked about the goals for the New Stages. “The program will offer critical services to youth who have been released from our residential facility as they develop their skills in self-expression, learn to work as a productive member of an ensemble, and learn to use their experiences and imaginations to positively affect their community.

A check presentation to Theatre Action Project will take place Monday, June 18 at 9 a.m. at Theatre Action Project offices 701 Tillery, Suite A14, Austin, TX 78702.

About Theatre Action Project: 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.

About Impact Austin: Impact Austin is a 501(c)(3) public charity made up of women seeking to transform lives in the Austin area through high-impact and lifelong giving. The only membership requirements are to be female and donate $1,000 each year. Impact Austin combines the annual donations from members and gives large grants each year to local worthy causes selected by the members. Grant applications are accepted in each of the following focus areas: culture, environment, education, family, and health and wellness. Collectively, we are changing the face of philanthropy in Austin
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