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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The After School Arts Program (ASAP) provides opportunities for children to create, collaborate, and express themselves through exposure to and participation in the arts under the guidance of arts professionals. Founded in April 1999, ASAP’s original goal was to engage local middle school children from Region 12 in arts programs otherwise unavailable to them. ASAP held its first eight workshops in music, dance, and art with 72 students. With success and increased demand for programs, ASAP expanded its geographic reach and extended the range of the children it serves. Reconstructed as a nonprofit organization in 2004, it has produced hundreds of workshops and events, touching the lives of more than 47,000 children and adults from 86 towns across Connecticut.

Programs: With the use of educational materials and seminars to educate the public on all aspects of the arts, over 757 students enrolled and nearly 10,000 people participated in our programs.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never served on a board that is as passionate and forthright about its mission. First and foremost are the children who take part in the workshops. So many have gone on to successful careers thanks to the supplemental work of ASAP, picking up and offering programs that many schools can no longer afford to do.
Their outreach is crucial to developing the talents of local children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to participate as a board member of ASAP since 2007. Since that time I have witnessed tremendous growth.

Our annual budget has grown from $114,000 a year to over $600,000. Our geographic reach has expanded beyond Region 12 (Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury, Ct) to include participants from 81 different towns and cities within CT and NY. We offer over 100 workshops to students age 3- adult. We host three to five events annually which attract nearly 3000 audience members each year. We offer afterschool workshops as well as during the day, in-school programming. We offer inter-district projects that bring children of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds together to work collaboratively. We provide financial aid to every child in need. We employ over 40 artists from our region. We do all of this with limited governmental support; 87% of our budget is privately funded through individuals, corporations and foundations.

It has been a great honor to work with the current board and staff to establish ASAP as the premiere arts program in our region.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on several other boards for 501c3's in the arts education world. ASAP has been my most satisfying board experience. The monies raised are used so effectively; there is a lovely balance between thinking big and thinking practically. I particularly appreciate how the board is committed to investing in future programs without sacrificing the programs that work today. Many non-profits get "sacred cow" programs that can't be touched, even when they are not serving current needs. The ASAP board does not shy away from evaluating each program in light of current demand, current funds available, and possibilities of better uses for the funds. This is a lean, well-run, high-impact organization with a board that doesn't just say that it will donate time, talent, and treasure; the board delivers, and so does ASAP.

Review from Guidestar