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”
we have reached capacity for tap 2017. but there are still plenty of ways to get involved!
1. Donating Supplies
Here's a list of snacks and snacks that we need:
Snack-size boxes of Goldfish and Pretzels
Boxes of Capri Suns
2. Sponsor a Child
We want to always ensure TAP is free so cost is never a hindrance for participating in the program. You can help us keep it that way!
It's $150 to sponsor a child for TAP.
An extra $10 will send them to the Butterfly Day Center at Calloway Gardens (a field trip we are planning this year!)
Would you consider making a donation?
You can send checks to:
P.O. Box 5811
Columbus, GA 31906
or donate online below!