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by Erin Caruso on February 25, 2014
Sad you missed your chance to rock out with Joe Bouchard? Well today is your lucky day! Originally slated to begin this Tuesday, February 25th, our “Playing in the Band” workshop has been postponed and will instead begin next Tuesday, March 4th. What are you waiting for? Register to play with us today!
by Erin Caruso on February 18, 2014
With all of the recent snow days, we’ve had to move some of our workshops around. It’s not too late to join in on the fun! Here’s what’s going on this week:
Wednesday, February 19
- The Inter-district Play with Emily Hubelbank and Lesley Neilson-Bowman for grades 2-5.
- Sing Your Art Out! with Sari Max at the LCC for grades 1-3.
- Circus Arts with Matica Circus at the LCC for grades 4-6.
- Printmaking with Jessyka Patterson for preschoolers age 3-5.
Thursday, February 20
- Magic Arts with Tom O’Brien for grades K-2.
There’s still time to register! You can see all of our current dates for these and other workshops here on the website under the “Programs and Workshops” tab.
by Erin Caruso on February 8, 2014
ASAP is so proud of the students of the Inter-district Strings Project. All of the hard work over the last four months really paid off! The group played three in-school concerts this morning for the students of Litchfield Public Schools with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. If you closed your eyes you would have thought you were at the Met.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Many thanks to the Seherr-Thoss Foundation for their generous grant, which made these concerts possible. 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.
To look at more photos from the performance, be sure to check out the new photo album on our Facebook page!
by ASAP_Admin on February 6, 2014
For the past three months, students of ASAP’s Inter-district Strings Project have been working with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra musicians in preparation for a very special concert. The concert premieres tomorrow, February 7 with three in-school performances for the lucky students of the Litchfield Public Schools.
ASAP invites you to join us for the public performance this Saturday, February 8th at 7pm at the Litchfield Intermediate School to watch these future stars shine! Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students.
Tickets are available by calling the WSO box office at 203-574-4283 or online at waterburysymphony.org.
by Rachel on January 28, 2014
ASAP presents Pilobolus is this Friday and Saturday! Please note that if you plan to go out to dinner before one of the performances, we suggest making reservations now.
Local restaurants include:
- GW Tavern: 860-868-6633 • 20 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot (GW Tavern will open at 5pm for dinner this Friday and Saturday!)
- Hidden Valley Eatery: 860-619-0660 • 88 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot
- Washington Pizza House: 860-868-0198 • 13 River Road, Washington Depot
- John’s Cafe: 203-263-0188 • 693 Main Street South, Woodbury
- Good News Cafe: 203-266-4663 • 694 Main Street South, Woodbury
See you this weekend!
You can still purchase tickets!
Click here to buy your tickets now: AfterSchoolArtsProgram.org/events/pilobolus/
by Rachel on January 24, 2014
ASAP will present one of the most popular and unusual dance companies in the world: Pilobolus Dance Theater, in their hometown of Washington, on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1!
A lot of exciting new content and behind-the-scenes photographs have been posted on our Community Dance Project blog. Take a look!
by Rachel on January 13, 2014
Throughout the duration of The Dream Lives On project, students worked with Lisa Worth Huber, Ph.D., a professor in peace education, to study Dr. King’s speech, its impact on the nation and the larger context of the civil rights movement. Students were encouraged to explore how this speech related to their individual and collective dreams of a world of equality, freedom and peace. The project comprised 174 of ASAP’s current and past students ranging in age from 5 years to adult. These vibrant faces are a testament to the complexity, beauty and diversity of these wonderful children all of whom have come together to learn and create in ASAP’s inclusive community. Students epitomize Dr. King’s vision – that everyone’s freedom is inextricably bound together and we are all interconnected.
by Rachel on January 9, 2014
The Dream Lives On is the film culmination of the Dream Lives On Project, which honors the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary I Have A Dream speech. ASAP partnered with award-winning director Joyce Chopra and award-winning cinematographer Don Lenzer, The Forbes School in Torrington, the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, as well as the children of the ASAP Summer Camp 2013, to create a short film celebrating this historic speech and its enduring meaning and significance for today’s youth. The film is comprised of ASAP participants who span the program’s 15 years. Each of the visual and musical elements woven throughout the film supports the overarching message: The Dream Lives On.
by Rachel on January 2, 2014
ASAP is proud to present one of the most popular and unusual dance companies in the world: Pilobolus Dance Theater. Pilobolus will perform in their hometown of Washington on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 – you can purchase tickets here: AfterSchoolArtsProgram.org/events/pilobolus/
The ASAP Community Dance Project piece, starring members from our community, will be performed as part of the Pilobolus show. You can keep up with the Community Dance Project, meet the participants, and get a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals on the Community Dance Project specific blog here: ASAPpresentsPilobolus.wordpress.com
The performance will also feature students from the ASAP Inter-district Dance Project.
by Rachel on December 23, 2013
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.
ASAP received a matching gift of $5,742 from CCF based upon total funds raised plus $750 in prizes. The matching gift was calculated by a percentage of the amount of money the Connecticut Community Foundation raised for a match pool and the total amount of money raised by the 125 nonprofits participating in this 36-hour online giving campaign.
Thank you all, once again, for your generosity and support!
by Rachel on December 20, 2013
We are pleased to present The Dream Lives On, an art film by Joyce Chopra that commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful and inspiring “I Have A Dream” speech. The film features the voices of a diverse group of children from Connecticut, all of whom are participants in ASAP. Dr. King’s 1963 speech symbolized a vision for the future of his children. This film celebrates the enduring hope embedded in his speech, while putting into context, our children’s dreams for their future.The film’s premiere will be supported by artwork produced during the 6-month long study of Dr. King’s speech that was interwoven throughout ASAP’s entire curriculum in which over 375 children participated.
Photography, art, poetry and song will all be showcased as a way to highlight the importance of Dr. King’s message in our children’s lives today. Further event details, including biographies of the event’s participants, can be viewed on the attached document.
So come, march the red carpet in pride with our children, our teachers, our families, and our community as we sing that never ending hymn of praise… Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!
RSVPs can be sent to ASAP@afterschoolartsprogram.org or by calling the ASAP office at 860-868-0740.
by Rachel on December 11, 2013
ASAP has teamed up with the Police Activity League (PAL) of Waterbury to create a new Photography Program for the greater Waterbury youth!
During the 10-week after school program held at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, members of the PAL Waterbury youth population are learning about and using photography and writing as vehicles for self-discovery.
Aligning with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech, students were introduced to the speech, to the climate of the country, the civil rights movement right before King’s speech and directly after. They learned about photographers who changed the tide in the civil rights movement and discussed how a photograph is a visual poem that uses metaphor, symbolism and imagery to express our feelings.
Teaching artist Jan Juracek, a photographer and photo educator, is leading the photography sessions, where students are learning fundamental photography skills and using point and shoot cameras and iPhones to take photos. Students are also working with Lisa Worth Huber, Ph.D., a peace educator, storyteller and writer, who is guiding the writing component of this project.
Through this immersion, students will grow in their ability to articulate what they dream for themselves and describe through photography and writing their individual and collective dreams of a world where everyone is equal, connected, caring and free.
The class will culminate in an exhibition, free and open to the public, of the student’s writing and photography, at the Warner Theater on January 11. Additionally, the class will collaboratively create a book of their writings and photography.
The students’ artistic expressions will also be incorporated into a film to celebrate the relevance King’s dream has to kids’ lives today, entitled The Dream Lives On, which will also premiere on January 11, directed by Joyce Chopra.
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.