TAP is a week-long summer program for 60 children ages six through twelve held in Columbus and LaGrange (called Troup TAP). Children are recruited from different religious and cultural backgrounds and unified by their experiences of the arts throughout the week. Each session, they all work together to create a “Unity Piece,” one communal work of art which is then permanently displayed in the community. TAP Unity Pieces may be found hanging from the rotunda in the Columbus Public Library (a huge mobile) and standing tall on the corner of Broadway and 12th Street in Uptown Columbus (a Peace Tree sculpture) to name a few.
Youth are trained to serve as Teen Interns and Mentors. During the week preceding the program, these teens from diverse backgrounds get to know and trust each other, engage the year’s theme, and learn to be program leaders. These teenagers truly are mentors; they are taught to live into positions of leadership and responsibility, accountable to their teammates and their group of children. They shepherd them throughout the rotations, help and guide them, and assist the adult volunteers. The children bond with and emulate these young leaders; the youth grow and flourish with this responsibility.