YOU can help restore our mural!

by ASAP_Admin on April 22, 2014

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This beautiful and awe-inspiring mural, created in 2011 by a group of ASAP’s talented student artists, has been vandalized! Such an incredible piece of work can’t be left defaced – join in on the restoration efforts by donating to ASAP’s Mural Restoration Fund.

“The Community Mural Project was an inter-district program that brought students from more than a dozen towns together to work collaboratively toward a common goal. Under the direction of artist Matt Wood the Torrington community and a diverse group of students worked over a period of 6 months to plan and complete the mural. Now that it has been vandalized, we need financial help to restore the mural back to the original beauty that it brought to Torrington.” -JoAnne Torti, Executive Director of ASAP

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Pickle’s Place

by ASAP_Admin on April 17, 2014

Pickle1Hello My Darlings,

I am ASAP’s resident diva, Pickle. You may call me Pickle or Your Highness, whichever you prefer. I will be taking over the ASAP blog once a week to give you a chance to sneak a peek at my glorious and exciting life as the ASAP mascot. I oversee all of the important details at ASAP so don’t forget to keep up with my posts to get the inside scoop!

Until my next much awaited post. -Pickle ❤

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Sing, Shout & Turn About!

by ASAP_Admin on April 15, 2014

B_041514_SingSari Max’s exciting workshop Sing, Shout & Turn About has these budding musicians singing, playing instruments and learning musical stories from around the world in different languages! You won’t want to miss the fun when Sari breaks out the parachute and hula hoops!!

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Playing in the Band Final Performance!

by ASAP_Admin on April 11, 2014

Rock star Joe Bouchard (of Blue Oyster Cult) coached middle and high school musicians in an awesome 6 week music workshop. They formed two bands, chose songs and rehearsed for a final performance at Shepaug on Tuesday, April 8. Next stop Infinity Hall!

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ASAP’s Weekend Workshop Family Special!

by ASAP_Admin on April 8, 2014


Fish Stocking at Cobble Brook Vista:
Saturday, April 26, 3:00-5:30pm

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to spend an afternoon outdoors with the whole family!
Register now to reserve your spot for this day of spring fun. Rain or shine – wear your galoshes!

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Still time to join the band!

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!

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This Week’s Workshops!

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

Thursday, February 20

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.

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Inter-district Strings Project Brings the Symphony to the Students

by Erin Caruso on February 8, 2014


Inter-district Strings Project performs at Litchfield Intermediate School.

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!

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Inter-district Strings to Take the Stage!

by ASAP_Admin on February 6, 2014

Students rehearsing during ASAP's Inter-district Strings Project.

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

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Make your dinner reservations now.

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:


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ASAP presents Pilobolus next week!

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!

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Participants of The Dream Lives On

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.

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The Dream Lives On

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.

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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:

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:

The performance will also feature students from the ASAP Inter-district Dance Project.

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Give Local Campaign – total funds raised

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!

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