After School Newsletter - February 2021
Hey TAPA Ensemble -

I hope you all are doing well! As we move further into 2021, we are hoping to send out more frequent updates regarding any opportunities for students to get involved in After-School Programs here at TAPA and elsewhere.

Our goal is to get an updated list of opportunities out every 2 weeks. We’ll start with any things you need to sign up for quickly so you don’t miss your spot. 

We’ll also include more laid back programs that you can join any time. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at or 610-324-4224. Hope this is helpful, and have a great day!
Part 1 - Sign up NOW if you want to a spot :

What: Music Week at New Urban Arts
Who: Email Mr. Ricky for more information (
When: February 23rd-26th (starts the Tuesday after break)
Where: New Urban Arts (online)
Why: If you are looking to spend some extra time working on music and learning how to build a career as a musician, songwriter, producer, rapper, singer, etc - this is for you!

What: WorldCraft at New Urban Arts
Who: Fill out the Enrollment Form Here
When: Over break :: 1-5pm every day except Monday
Where: New Urban Arts (online)
Why: Join NUA mentors to build and dream up imaginative worlds together - through music, dioramas, tea time, collage, food, writing and more :: this program also includes a $100 payment if you attend all 4 days 

What: FirstWorks “Behind the Curtain” After School
Who: Enroll Here - open to High School students only
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 to 5 :: Begins on February 23rd
Where: FirstWorks 
Why: This is an incredible opportunity for young artists to get to work with and learn from some of the best artists working in Rhode Island. They have professional artists that focus on everything from music to stage design to make-up and wigs. You’ll learn more about the art form you’re interested in and how to pursue it as a career. At the end of the course, you will have a chance to demonstrate your skills with a project. 

What: Data Navigators 2.0
Who: Open to HS students only :: email for more info 
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm :: sign up by Monday 2/15
Where: Providence Public Library (online)
Why: The Data Navigators Program focuses on telling stories through numbers and statistics. Learn more about sports, music, and other areas while also working with computer programs to display your information in interesting ways. 

What: Urban Health Media Project
Who: Open to High School Students 
When: 6:00 - 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays :: starting on March 2nd
Where: The link to the application is here
Why: If you have any interest in writing as a career, this is an amazing opportunity to practice writing about your experiences and getting paid in the process. The project is to study and write about the effects that our houses and neighborhoods have on our health, especially during COVID. 

Part 2 - Join any time ::

What: TAPA Electronics
Who: Mr. Lopez (
When: Fridays After-School (3:30 to 4:30)
Why: In this Club, you'll get to build and design electronics, mixing art with engineering and building. If you are interested in technology, this is a place for you to be. Hit up Mr. Lopez or join the link Friday after school. 

What: Creative Writing Studio
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays After-School (3:30 to 4:30)
Why: In Creative Writing, we work on writing our own poems, songs, and stories. If you sing, rap, tell stories, or just like writing, you should come hang out with us. We give each other feedback to improve our work but also show each other a lot of love. Hope to see you there! 

What: Empowerment Group for Students who Identify as Female
Who: Ms. Svetlana (
When: Tuesdays After-School (3:30 to 4:30)
Why: The Empowerment Group for students who Identify as Female is a chance to connect with other young female-identifying students at the school and discuss what’s going on in the school and in the world. It is a great way to share space and support each other throughout the year. 

What: Study Group 
Who: Ms. Svetlana (
When: Wednesdays After-School (3:30 to 4:30)
Why: This group is a chance to unwind at the end of the day, talk through how things went, and get some work done together if you want to. It’s low pressure and the first goal is keep our stress levels low by supporting one another. 

What: Teen Learning Lounge
Who: Open to HS students only :: email for more info
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3-5pm
Where: Providence Public Library (online)
Why: Teen Learning Lounge is a low-key space to stop by if you are looking for help with anything for school or looking for a job. They can help you with resumes, interview prep, writing, research and more. 

What: Paper Arts Social
Who: RISD Teen Programs
When: Fridays from 3-5pm
Where: Zoom link here :: Meeting ID: 956 5575 7128 :: Passcode: 333377
Why: These are really casual sessions where we try out different ideas and prompts with lots of room for individual exploration. All folks need to participate is paper and something to draw with, but they could also get more elaborate and bring paint or collage materials or even an ipad if they are into digital art. It is mostly just a nice way to relax at the end of the week and make art with other folks around than a formal class.