A Language Arts Enrichment Program​

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. 

Our Programs

Poetry Workshops

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

Theater Performances

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

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.

Poems of Hope,
Poems of Struggle –

2022 Anthology

Each year, hundreds of Paterson students submit their poems to the Paterson student poetry contest. After careful consideration, winning poems are selected and published in anthology. Read the poems from the 2022 contest which capture student feelings about the post-pandemic return back to school. 

Cover of the 2022 Poetry Anthology. Click for full anthology.

Interested in Participating?

Whether you have questions about our programs or another inquiry, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out the form below and a member of our staff will get in touch promptly. 

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