From Max

Some thoughts from our TAPA Intern, Max!   I originally heard of TAPA through my mother’s close friend Lisa Brodwin, whose daughter, Morgan Brodwin, used to be a student at TAPA.  She suggested that volunteering at TAPA would be a good Bar-Mitzvah Project for me to complete.  About two weeks after I started, I quickly… Read More »

Theresa Academy Awarded Community Grant!

The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) was the very grateful recipient of a community grant from Autism Speaks this past January! The $5,000 grant was awarded to our after school program:” After School in the Arts—After- care with a Flair”. This program has been in existence since 2009, and has been slowly growing and gaining in popularity among the… Read More »

Theresa Fun Day

By Melanie Castillo On Saturday, January 17th, the Theresa Foundation held its annual “Theresa’s Fun Day” bowling event at our favorite bowling alley Farmingdale Lanes.  This year we had over 130 Theresa Foundation supporters join us for an afternoon of bowling, pizza, raffles and old fashioned family fun! Theresa’s Fun Day raised over $3,000.  … Read More »

The Interns

TAPA is always an exciting place to be!  On evenings and weekends this place is packed with students who are thrilled to be taking dance, music, and art classes.  With students of so many differing abilities we are proud to offer every student who needs one a personal one-on-one to guide them in classes, redirect… Read More »

Schools as a Gift Giving Culture

By: Bill Harley Here are some thoughts I’ve had for awhile about the nature of schools and learning. The book The Gift by Lewis Hyde has had a deep impact on my life and work. In it, Hyde proposes that artists have a hard time making a living because their work is based in one… Read More »

Yoga Greetings

I’ve happily been with TAPA for just under four months now wearing a few different hats: as administrative assistant and yoga and dance teacher. I wanted to take a moment to share with you my delight in coming on board in general, and also specifically working with the yoga students on Tuesday evenings.   It is… Read More »

Theresa Fun Day 2015

By: Lindsay Rogan Theresa Fun Day is right around the corner and we are so excited about it!  Each year, Theresa Foundation supporters and TAPA students grab their friends and families for a day of bowling, raffles, fun, and excitement!  Farmingdale Lanes opens the doors wide for Theresa Fun Day and last year we had… Read More »

Jump for Joy…

When we saw this video of a young man with disabilities receiving a job offer, we were grinning with him.  Just  a short clip to help you smile today!  Watch on youtube: Jump for Joy

Celebrating the 20th Annual Theresa Awards

By Robert Russo   On the evening of Friday, May 2nd, friends and supporters of the Theresa Foundation gathered once again at the beautiful Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, New York for the annual Theresa Awards Dinner.  However, this year’s event was no ordinary night!  Together, we marked the 20th Annual Theresa Awards and… Read More »