FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

When I founded ASAP! 20 years ago I did not imagine that we would spread our wings to reach more than 8,000 participants a year from over 100 towns in our state. It is because of you that we have been able to accomplish all that we do and we thank you for your dedication and support in nurturing children’s creativity.

ASAP! is a social profit organization and recently received the Culture Max Award from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. We were voted a top cultural arts organization for our excellence in arts educational programming and the positive impact we make on regional communities. ASAP! joins together professional artists with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities bringing these diverse groups together to learn, create, invent, and explore the arts.

At ASAP! we are champions for children’s creativity, we honor their imagination, we encourage them to take risks, and we trust their resourcefulness so that they will become the empowered, resilient, and compassionate adults our communities really need. We believe that every child should be exposed to and participate in the arts because we know that the arts enrich lives by giving kids the chance to discover who they are and connect with the world in meaningful ways.

Multiple studies have shown that children who participate in the arts do better in school and in life. By supporting the arts we are supporting the well-being of our society.

It is a gift and privilege to be a part of each child’s life and we are grateful to work with our communities far and wide providing opportunities for children from all walks of life. I look forward to another year of nurturing children’s creativity and thank you in advance for supporting our journey.

All my best,
JoAnne Torti, Executive Director