THEATRE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS OF SHREVEPORTSHREVEPORT, LA
The mission of the Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport is to foster the culture, arts, and history of African Americans; to offer multi-disciplined arts programs for children, youth, and adults; and to act as a clearinghouse for the arts in Northwest Louisiana. To this end, TPA provides actors, dancers, musicians, directors, and playwrights of every hue with a theatrical venue where their talents can reach fruition.
The Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA), founded in 1975, is requesting support to help us provide cultural enrichment, educational enhancement and social challenge-reduction services to low- and moderate-income youth through a program we call the Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz) Series. The Yazzy Series, which has been operating in some form since 1992, is a four-pronged arts education and participation program. It consists of the Yazzy Spring Concert, which prepares up to 60 students for special annual performances with professional artists every spring; the Summer Morning Mix (SMM), which provides intensive training in music, theater, dance and visual arts from 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., Monday-Thursday, for 25-40 students for six weeks in June and July, culminating in a major public performance; the Yazzy Development Academy, which provides weekly training for up to 40 students on seven Saturdays during January and February; and the Yazzy Workshops during the fall and spring, which provide arts education to roughly 50 K-12 students. In 2019, TPA will provide 35 days of instruction incorporating specialized clinical settings with low student/teacher ratios for the development of artistic talent that can be eventually professionalized or help lay a foundation for success in other fields. The program also will impart instruction in soft skills and character-building attributes, including developing and maintaining positive attitudes, increased self-esteem, postponed and responsible parenting, teamwork, a commitment to learning, respect for authority and diversity, and a commitment to healthy lifestyles. TPA's core faculty includes highly accomplished and well-recognized experts in their field, including Yazzy Project Co-Coordinator Donald Walters, a legendary local professional instrumental musician and educator. The need for programs like the Yazzy Series is evident in many ways.
Goods & Services
The Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport is seeking donations of water bottles, snacks for students during rehearsals, props, and costumes. Please contact the theatre for more information about donating.
The Yazzy program is in need of volunteers to help with students backstage during our performances including serving, hair and makeup, costume changing, etc.