We Present Quality Arts Education to Paterson Public Schools

Our aim is to nourish curricula deprived of the arts while providing students from low socioeconomic groups equal access to creative programming. 

Since 1989, the Theater and Poetry Project (TAPP) has been presenting free arts education in the form of poetry workshops, Meet-the-Author sessions, and musical theater and dance performances to the Paterson Public Schools. 

Programming Services

Poetry Workshops

We offer language arts enrichment
in the form of in-class or virtual workshops led by professional poets for Paterson students, grades 1-12.

Meet-The-Author

This experience allows students to meet children’s book authors and develop  personal connections with literature while increasing reading engagement.

Poetry Contest

A published anthology showcases winning poems, which are presented annually by students in the PCCC Theater during an awards ceremony.

Theater Performances

Professional shows presented in the PCCC Theater, including classic children’s stories and multi-cultural programming, offered to students, K-8.

Did you know...

New Jersey law states that artistic programming is essential to public education. The NJ Student Learning Standards for Visual and Performing Arts (NJSLS-VPA) describe 5 artistic disciplines which should be offered throughout the K-12 spectrum:

Why?

While arts education doesn’t directly influence test scores, studies have shown that the arts have the ability to develop creativity, critical thinking, and innovation skills.

The arts can be directly integrated into curricula to help students make stronger connections with material and foster deeper understanding. 

Testimonials From the Community

Laura Boss International Award Winning Poet

Over the years, the Theater and Poetry Project has enriched the lives of Paterson students, many of whom because of limited school budgets and constrained financial situations, have lacked access to the arts. But there are so many students in Paterson—some very gifted, some with just a thirst for the arts—who have flourished under what TAPP has brought to their lives in terms of creativity in both writing and theater.  For Paterson students, TAPP has opened doors—ones that might never have been opened except for this outstanding and innovative programming. 

Maureen Bruins 6/7 Grade Teacher, Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented #28

Over the years, the Theater and Poetry Project has enriched the lives of Paterson students, many of whom because of limited school budgets and constrained financial situations, have lacked access to the arts. But there are so many students in Paterson—some very gifted, some with just a thirst for the arts—who have flourished under what TAPP has brought to their lives in terms of creativity in both writing and theater.  For Paterson students, TAPP has opened doors—ones that might never have been opened except for this outstanding and innovative programming. 

Angela Kariotis Performer/Artist

Storytelling can be a form of community organizing. These stories and poems are testimonies to real lived life. Students flourish in asserting the power of their narrative, carefully crafting the beloved details of their perspective. There is great love and joy in opportunities like these. Learning moments like these raise the standard of our living. Young artists become tremendous ambassadors and advocates for their Silk City through their work. The Theater and Poetry Project is a servant leader by providing this space and tending to these relationships. The Center tends a garden in which we all grow. 

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