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After School Arts Program, Inc.

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both of my kids have participated in several of ASAP's multitude of offerings, including attendance at summer camps four years in a row and many weekend workshops. The curriculum is creative and keeps the kids engaged and wanting more. The teaching staff is wonderfully talented and the administrative staff are extremely professional, organized and friendly. This is a top-notch organization top to bottom, providing my kids exposure to the arts that exceeded my expectations in every way.

In light of my positive experience, I have volunteered for ASAP in many different capacities over the years, most recently as a Board Member.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with the Counselors in Training at the ASAP Summer Camp to help them with personal presentation skills. This gave me a chance to watch the workings for the camp as a "fly on the wall." What most impressed me about the staff at the camp was the commitment to making the program the best it could be for this specific group of kids. If some approach had been a success previous summers, but somehow wasn't reaching one camper this year, the staff sat down that day and discussed what kind of pivot was necessary to give that camper the best possible experience. That ability to see each camper as an individual, deserving of personal attention, transformed the campers; for some of them, it was perhaps the most encouragement they had ever received. They learned about the making of art, and the end results were impressive, but even more impressive was how the campers learned that they are individuals who matter because of who they are, not just what they do, and therefore they can believe in themselves and go make a difference.

Review from Guidestar