The Arts Project Syracuse provides fully funded transformative arts programming to under-resourced youth in Syracuse.
The TAPS model is to find qualified Syracuse teaching artists and put them through a series of paid trainings to prepare them to best serve students in the Syracuse area. This training is a three step process:
1) Connect Syracuse teaching artists with Los Angeles arts experts, to delve more deeply into their craft and learn from the TAPS network of world-class artists and teaching experts.
2) Connect Syracuse teaching artists with local Syracuse teachers to learn the SCSD terminology, better understand the SCSD school system, and understand a general idea of what students are learning at school.
3) Connect Syracuse teaching artists with local programs like OG's Against Violence, to help the teaching artists understand more deeply what life might be like for some of these students, as well as to learn methods to understand and help students who might be dealing with trauma.
The Arts Project Syracuse was founded to provide all teachers, technology and tools necessary for students to excel artistically. TAPS is creating a future in which every under-resourced middle and high schooler in the city of Syracuse can pursue the artistic studies of their choosing, so they may experience the joy, camaraderie, self-expression, development, and discipline that come with a life enhanced by creative arts.