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ASAP, the After School Arts Program, 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 varieties of artistic expression.
ASAP connects underserved 1st-8th graders in the heart of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, with challenging, enriching arts experiences. ASAP provides quality instruction in a broad range of arts, all supplies, exhibition/performance experience, and one-on-one attention from caring adults.
Parents praise ASAP for being a quality program they could never otherwise afford and for keeping kids safe in the crucial, often unsupervised, after-school hours. Teachers praise ASAP for broadening their students’ experience with the arts in ways they cannot do in the classroom. They note an increase in students’ self-esteem as well as more motivation to learn through arts education. Children are positively changed--becoming more expressive, more patient, more polite, more outgoing, more confident, more happy--because of their involvement with ASAP and their exposure to the arts.
ASAP exists because of generous donors and
volunteers who also value children and the arts. We hope you will be one of them!