ASAP affirms young people as persons of value, nurtures their skill and talent in the arts, helps them realize their artistic gifts, and broadens their awareness of the varieties of artistic expression.
hours: Thursdays, 3:30-5:30, during three 7-week sessions; Summer Arts Camp in Evelyn K. Davis Park 12:30-3:00 daily (dates tbd)
Executive Director: Michelle Bolton King
ASAP provides quality arts enrichment programming for elementary students in Mid City. ASAP currently serves King and Moulton elementary schools, enrolling 50 total students per session. Students are selected by their art and music teachers at school for participation in ASAP, based on demonstrated interest or talent in the arts, or because of perceived need.
Since its founding in fall 2007, ASAP has offered five different studio classes per session, with three sessions per school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Programming takes place one afternoon per week (Thursdays) for two hours. Round-trip transportation between schools and the program site downtown, healthy snacks, and all materials are provided. Each studio is led by an experienced teaching artist with the help of trained volunteer staff.
ASAP has offered studios in topics ranging from Dramatic Storytelling, Knitting, Handbells, and Traditional Aztec Drumming and Dance, to core classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Printmaking, and Photography. Students’ arts education is both deeply and broadly enriched through their participation in ASAP.