“I created the Tween/Teen Arts Program (TAP) as a conservatory style safe-haven for underserved youth to provide them with the same world class training opportunities I provided for my own daughter – who is a Juilliard graduate.”
Since being hired by the Illinois Arts Council in 1986 to serve as Fine Arts Director for a summer Boys Club camp, Tony has curated and managed world class visual and performance arts programs in 8 cities and suburbs for over 30 years including: Springfield, Chicago, Waukegan and North Chicago, IL; Anderson and Indianapolis, Indiana; Durham, NC; Baltimore, Maryland and the Greater Washington Metropolitan area serving up to 22,000 youth in 2007 in a 72 mile radius between Frederick VA and Germantown MD. He has directed eight award winning TAP overnight/residential camps for gifted auditioned teens that have also included unprecedented partnerships he created with The Juilliard School, Juilliard International Jazz Camp and Howard University that included an internship program recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from up to 25 universities nationwide.
As a veteran arts and education grant writer, he has written some of the largest Arts and STEM education grants in the history of many of the organizations he has served resulting in up to 1/2 million in yearly arts and education program budgets. This is TAP!
Small Reason Benecamp a benefit for Kids! “…Small’s summer drive to recruit people, his desire to persuade organizations like the Chicago White Sox to donate time and items, and his faith that interest in Benecamp would multiply from 7 children to 7 times 7 makes for a challenging, entertaining summer camp for Englewood children.” Michael Wamble, The Chicago Archdiocese New World
Selected as the nation’s Top 50 Arts Programs by President Obama’s 2016 Arts & Humanities Committee