In 1999 I established ASAP! as an after-school arts program that quickly expanded to summer, weekends, and in-school programs. I am always inspired by our participants’ curiosity and feel gratitude that I have the opportunity to work alongside my staff, board of directors, teaching artists, and community members to create and provide programs that challenge us to grow and stretch ourselves and foster the joy of learning. In 2020 I was voted a CT’s Arts Hero. The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate CT residents who are doing inspiring things in, for, or through the arts in Connecticut. I happily accepted the award on behalf of the thousands of people who helped make ASAP! what it is today.