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by Rachel on December 10, 2013
ASAP honored all 201 photograph submissions to the 3rd Annual Celebration of Young Photographers at the event this past Saturday; shown below is the event entrance poster.
All of the photographs are thought provoking, and ASAP is grateful to the participants, representing public and private schools, for joining us in this event. Each submission was personal, and we thank you for sharing yours with us and with the community.
by Rachel on December 3, 2013
ASAP received a grant from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation in the amount of $5,220, which will be used for ASAP’s Music in the Schools Project held in Litchfield.
Established in 2007, the Inter-district Strings Project brings middle and high school students from Litchfield and New Haven counties together with musicians from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) to prepare for a side-by-side concert with WSO.
ASAP recognizes the need for students to have a well-rounded education; experiencing a live symphony concert provides a richer understanding of classical music and how it relates to other areas of learning. Working in collaboration with schools and WSO, ASAP brings symphony concerts into the schools.
This year, ASAP is proud to present Side-by-Side: The Inter-district Strings Project with WSO in concert at the Litchfield Intermediate School for 1,200 students in grades K-12 on Thursday, February 6th. The concert will be led by WSO’s conductor Leif Bjaland, who will engage student audience members in a lively performance of classical to contemporary music. A public performance will be held Saturday, February 8.
The After School Arts Program would not be able to hold these vital projects and workshops without contributions from its generous donors. ASAP would also like to thank: Deborah S. Wheeler, Ed.D., Superintendent of Litchfield Schools; Sherri Turner, Litchfield Center School Principal; Jennifer Murphy, Litchfield Intermediate School Principal and Kristen Della Volpe, Litchfield Middle/High School Principal for their support in providing this opportunity for their students.
by Rachel on November 26, 2013
Since 2011, the Celebration of Young Photographers brings together community members to celebrate our talented students and their photography work. Watch the 2011 event video below and join us on Saturday, December 7, at the stunning Arethusa Farm, in Litchfield, for our 3rd Annual Celebration of Young Photographers.
Video by Milburn Media Arts, LLC.
Music by Kevin MacLeod.
Inspired by the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, ASAP challenged schoolchildren to take their cameras out and captured images that represent their dreams of freedom, courage and kindness manifested in their world. Two hundred and one students in grades 3-12 from 29 schools in Connecticut accepted the challenge and submitted their unique view and understanding of this year’s exhibition theme.
All 201 photographs will be recognized during the 3rd Annual Celebration of Young Photographers and a prize will be awarded to one participant each from grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, to be chosen by our judges (listed here).
Come celebrate with us the photography work of our talented students. There will be wine & cheese and chocolate milk & ice cream from the dairy. In addition, those attending the event will have the opportunity to visit the cow barn between 2:00 and 3:30pm.
The photographs exhibited will be for sale, as well as ASAP products. In addition, donations are welcome; the suggestion contribution is $10.
by Rachel on November 14, 2013
Because of your support (and enthusiasm!) ASAP came in first place out of 125 participating non-profit organizations by raising the most contributions in the amount of $44,010 during the Connecticut Community Foundation’s (CCF) Give Local Campaign! During the next three weeks CCF will finalize the total donations, matches, and prizes given throughout the campaign. We will be sure to let you know the final amount we raised once the matching funds have been calculated.
While the past 36 hours have been extremely successful, we still have a ways to go to reach our fundraising goal for this year. If you didn’t get a chance to donate to ASAP during the Give Local event we are always happy and very appreciative to accept donations throughout the year (AfterSchoolArtsProgram.org/donate).
Again, thank you so much for your abundant generosity and support and for helping us to continue our mission of enriching lives through the arts!
by Rachel on November 5, 2013
Please join us for a wine and cheese reception
during the Give Local 36-hour online giving campaign!
(Click the above invitation for further details)
by Rachel on November 1, 2013
The Celebration of Young Photographers invitations are at the mail house! Take a look at the invitation below:
by ASAP_Admin on October 29, 2013
As an ASAP board member, and more importantly, as a mother of 3 young children, I was struck by a recent article in The New York Times (Is Music The Key to Success? By Joanne Lippman, published October 12, 2013). So struck, in fact, that I read it twice.
In her article, Lippman notes that many studies link music study to academic achievement. In searching for an explanation for this undeniable link, she interviews many bold-faced names and top professionals from industries ranging from finance to Hollywood to tech to media – people like Alan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Woody Allen (Writer, Actor, Director, Oscar Winner), Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft), Chuck Todd (NBC Chief White House Correspondent) and others – all of whom had serious training as musicians.
I have not performed my own research or conducted my own interviews, but given what these former music-students-turned-uber-professionals had to say, I am willing to go out on a limb and suggest it is not just music – but a passion for, and commitment to, the pursuit of any form of artistic expression – that would help to promote the same qualities in any young person, that lend themselves to the same lessons and experiences these people credit for their success. Simply put, a background in the arts promotes confidence, discipline, tenacity and trust in oneself and the ability to create.
Anyone who questions the value of art education should read Is Music The Key to Success? (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?_r=0) take note of the many high achievers who said “music opened up the pathways to creative thinking,” that it enhanced and sharpened their ability to collaborate, their sense of discipline and their capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas.
As Lippman aptly concludes: “All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.”
-Tal Fagin, ASAP Board Member
by Rachel on October 24, 2013
SAVE THE DATE!
On November 12 & 13, you’re invited to make a difference in your community through Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills – a 36-hour online giving event organized by the Connecticut Community Foundation. ASAP will receive 100% of every dollar donated to us and we will be eligible for matching funds and prizes throughout the event. Learn more at www.GiveLocalCCF.org and please share with your friends – we appreciate your support!
Details about how to give will be posted soon.
by Rachel on October 15, 2013
For those of you who are interested in submitting a photograph to our Celebration of Young Photographers, but do not understand or are unclear about the submission process, we have created these instructional videos. Let me us know if you find them helpful!
The submission deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, October 21!
by Rachel on October 11, 2013
We are honored to have the following as judges for our 3rd annual Celebration of Young Photographers. Thank you all for your participation!
Peggy Anderson, a board member at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Nathan Benn, a National Geographic photographer and the former head of Magnum Pictures.
Amy Cappellazzo, the Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Development at Christie’s fine arts auction house.
Miki Duisterhof, a lifestyle photographer based in Litchfield County.
Peter Howe, the former picture editor of Time/Life Magazine and author of the children’s book Waggit’s Tale.
Joseph Montebello, the former vice president, creative director, art director and editorial director for Harper Collins and Random House publishers.
Laura Rauch, a photographer currently covering the war in Afghanistan for Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military’s independent news source.
Peter Rogness, an Emmy-award winning Art Director/Set Designer.
Kathy Root, the owner of KMR Arts Gallery in Washington, CT.
Jessica Rose, an Interior Designer.
Barbara Talbot, a composer, pianist, singer, and visual media artist based in Washington, CT.
Albert Watson, a noted fashion/celebrity photographer.
Please note there are 10 days left to submit a photograph to the Celebration:
click here for submission details.
by Rachel on September 30, 2013
In February 2012, we presented Pilobolus and the IDP Dance and Percussion participants performed as part of the show. (Take a look at the video below from the performance.)
In January & February 2014, we will present Pilobolus again, but this time we will present the Community Dance Project. Here’s your chance to perform alongside the world-famous, Emmy-Nominated Pilobolus Dance Theatre! Ages 12 to 80 are welcome! Workshops begin October 23.
by Rachel on September 25, 2013
On September 21, we held our second annual Celebration of Emerging Artists: an Evening of Performance and Fine Art at The Abigail J. Woodhall Performing Arts Center at The Woodhall School in Bethlehem.
Before the performance by SGP musicians and performers, guests were invited to view artwork in the gallery while being treated to music by pianist Sandy Kleisner and food catered by Bantam Market.
Thank you to those who attended!
by Rachel on September 18, 2013
Mark your calendars! The deadline for photograph submissions for our 3rd Annual Celebration of Young Photographers is Monday, October 21.
A panel of renowned photographers and collectors will jury photographs submitted by children in grades 3 through 12, each expressing a unique interpretation on this year’s theme, which aligns with the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream speech: In what ways do you see your dreams of freedom, courage or kindness manifested in your world today?
We look forward to seeing your photographs!
by Rachel on September 4, 2013
We are proud to announce our 2nd Annual Celebration of Emerging Artists: an Evening of Performance and Fine Art at The Woodhall School, 58 Harrison Lane, Bethlehem on Saturday, September 21 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Nine musicians and performers will present a collaborative performance piece to include monologues, songs, musical performances, and a dance performance that showcase each performer’s area of creative talent.
The performance will be held at the beautiful Abigail J. Woodhall Theatre at The Woodhall School; a cocktail reception will be held prior to the performance in the art gallery, accompanied by live music, in which four visual artists will display their artwork.
This year’s Summer Grant recipients are: Natalie Allyn; Olivia Blazas; Olivia Bosson; Jillian Bradshaw; Zachary Carter; Nicole Cassidy; Christina Jenkins; Saira Muhammed; Jimmy Pavlick; Kimberly Reynolds; Christian Scillitoe; Sebastian Taylor; and Michael Yedowitz.
This event is sponsored in part by Union Savings Bank; Shred-it; Susan and Murray Haber; Jill and Michael Lloyd; Ron Leal and Joseph Montebello; and Peter Rogness and Rob Parker.
See you September 21!
by Rachel on September 3, 2013
On Saturday, August 24, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington.
On August 13, 14, 15 during our Summer Camp, over one hundred campers, teaching artists, and camp assistants shared what their dreams are for the future based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. ASAP is creating a film of its participants exploring what this speech means to them as well as the significance of freedom, equality and the importance of pursuing your dream.
We began during our camp and will continue to film in the fall.
What is your dream for the future??