A Connecticut Creative Arts Organization

Summer Grant Program Alumni

*Collage by Emmalee Levesque

Congratulations to ASAP’s 2015 Summer Grant Recipient,
Emmalee Levesque!

When she was a Nonnewaug High School junior, Emily attended the Young Artist Residency Program at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge‬, Massachusetts.

Founded by the late Bill Risley in 2005, the ASAP Summer Grant Program provides talented high school students with the opportunity to participate in pre college educational arts courses in highly sought after summer programs around the world.

Did you know?

  • Over the past eleven years, $213,953 has been given to 85 students ages 14-18
  • Our students have attended programs at renowned institutions which include Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, RISD, Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute, Brown, SVA, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Oxford University

WE NEED YOU to keep this program going. We are taking a hiatus for Summer 2016 and hope to raise enough funding for Summer 2017.  Without the help of individual donors and sponsors, growth experiences like these would not be possible for the emerging young artists in our communities. 

Click on the pictures below to meet 2014’s recipients, view their videos, and learn about their amazing experiences!

Summer Grant Recipient Alumni

Christian Scillitoe, 2013 SGP Recipient

Christian has been selected to play trombone with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra’s inaugural season. High school students from NY, NJ, and CT were invited to apply and Christian was one of 20 students selected for participation.

Evelyn Rinaldi, 2012 SGP Recipient

In fall 2013, Evelyn will begin studying at the Art University of Bournemouth, England for a BA (Hons) in Art & Event Management.

Erik Saalmuller, 2011 and 2012 SGP Recipient

Erik is a fine arts student of Nonnewaug High School and currently is the President of his school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Thanks to a large financial scholarship provided by the After School Arts Program (ASAP), he was able to attend an art study program at the Rhode Island School of Design in the summer of 2011, where he pursued Architecture, Art History, Drawing Foundations, and 2D/3D Design. Feeling the experience and knowledge gained from the program was invaluable to his artistic growth, he travelled to Tuscany, Italy through the Maryland Institute College of Art (with further financial support from ASAP) in order to experience plein air painting techniques and investigate the effects of light on various subject matters. While in Tuscany, he also visited several art museums such as the Uffizi and L’Acadamia della Bella Arte in order to study the works of various Italian Masters, along with art dating from 1000 B.C. up to modern times. Upon graduating from Nonnewaug, Erik will attend the Hartford Art School with a focus on Illustration and several minors in various fields of study. He also received one of Hartford’s two Full-Tuition Scholarships to attend the school, allowing him to focus all of his energy on the pursuit of the fine arts.

Erik has recently begun a focused investigation of the figure and the mastery of technique, observation, and media necessary to render what most artists call the ultimate form of beauty -the human body. This exploration has led to the discovery of several inspiring artists, many of whom Erik has learned new techniques and applications for media he has previously left unexplored. As a result, he has established a figure drawing society at his school where he and his fellow artists can gather to draw the human figure and explore the many opportunities at hand. www.eriksaalmuller.wordpress.com

Mikayla Sapack, 2011 and 2012 SGP Recipient

Mikayla is doing great up at Boston. She loves the dancing and the city. She got to perform over 20 shows in the Boston Ballet Nutcracker this past holiday season. She also get to perform the Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de deux at Boston Children’s museum and did a couple of promotional appearances as Sugar Plum Fairy around Boston. She has became stronger and more confident in her dancing.