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. In LaGrange a Peace Tree stands in the garden of the Public Library and another on the Day School wall at St. Mark's.
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.
Here's what you need to know about TAP 2017:
June 26-30 at the Rankin Arts Center; Each morning from 8:45 a.m. to Noon
Open to children ages 6-11
Theme: Transforming Me to We
A butterfly begins its life in one form, and ends it in another: Transformation! Through the performing arts, TAP transforms hate to love, anger to peace, confusion to clarity, judgement to acceptance, competition to community. Come be a part of TAP 2017: “Transforming Me to We”
apply ONLINE BELOW. NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE TO TAP.
You will be notified of acceptance to TAP.
Download this brochure for important program information: HERE
Other ways to participate in TAP:
Teen Intern/Mentor Program: We are also seeking teens to serve as Interns (rising 7th & 8th graders) and Mentors (9th-12th graders). Teen training takes place the week before TAP, June 19-23. You do not have to have participated in TAP before to apply! Teens spend the week of TAP leading and guiding children through the program. It's a great way to serve (and to earn community service hours!) If you’re interested, download an application for INTERNS HERE and MENTORS HERE.
TAP Co-Planner: TAP Co-Planners will continue to develop this year’s curriculum for TAP at 4:30 p.m. on April 10 at CVEM. If you’d like to take part in planning this amazing week, e-mail us at info@cvemjubilee or just show up April 10!