The Transformative Arts Process (TAP) is a participatory grants and professional development initiative that seeks to build the field of teaching artistry in Pittsburgh’s distressed and African American communities, with the goal of increasing access to cultural activities for youth in the neighborhoods where they live.
To accomplish this goal, TAP is being used by The Heinz Endowments to award field-building grants, explore transformative teaching and learning with a cohort of teaching artists and young people, and sustain an engaged TAP Advisory Board. Since 2014, the advisory board has collaborated with the Endowments on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the grantmaking strategy through participation in regular meetings that include collectively developed agendas, an online community, and active subcommittees. As a result of this work, nearly $800,000 has been invested to date in more than 30 organizations, teaching artists, and young people with programs and practices impacting African American youth in primarily distressed neighborhoods.
To view the original program rationale, click here.