The Thompson-Pound Art Program or TAP is a five-day arts program for children ages six through eleven from diverse cultures and faiths. Through music, drama, dance, art, and stories children discover the value of self and of diversity in community. Adult and teen-age volunteers from area Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities co-plan and teach the curriculum. The longest-running interfaith event in the region, TAP will celebrate its 25th year in 2020.
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.
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