In Washington, ASAP! receives $6,700 grant supporting children’s arts programs

First-grader Autumn Stenson paints at the Children’s Community School Together We Connect Gratitude Mural.

WASHINGTON — ASAP! received a $6,700 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation in support of their Children’s Community School programs, Together We Connect: Gratitude Mural and Grade 4 Writing Program as well as their Save Girls on F.Y.E.R (Future, Young, Educated, Role models) Film and Dance Projects, for both non-profit organizations based in Waterbury, according to an email from the organization.

Together We Connect: Gratitude Mural: Over the course of three weeks students will come together outside and safely physically distanced to create the Gratitude mural. This year, it’s been more challenging than ever to connect in the ways we are used to. We don’t get to hug our friends, or high five our teachers. Familiar places we used to go are shuttered. So, how do we keep the connection with each other, and with the places we love, alive? One of the most amazing ways to connect is through expressing gratitude. In the Together We Connect: Gratitude mural, we’re going to practice expressing gratitude — or thankfulness — from afar. That is, we’re going to think of something or someone we’re thankful for, and paint them a picture. That picture is going to be displayed on the mural at CCS for all the world to see.

Grade 4 Writing Program: This is an expansion of a program that ASAP! established in 2016. In this year-long virtual program students will work every week in small groups with our teaching artist to hone their vocabulary and writing skills. During this program, students have been working on poetry and exploring imaginative writing. Students are discovering their unique voice and using their senses to paint vivid pictures through words. Connecting their sense of smell, touch, taste, feel, and their intuitive sense, children are learning to be informative observers, attentive listeners and are having fun engaging their imaginations.

Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. Film and Dance Projects: In this program, the young women from Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. will learn how to create a project and express themselves through the unique medium of film. Techniques such as camera angles, composition, continuity, close-ups, voiceovers, interviewing skills, and editing will all be explored. This year they will use the genre of the documentary to explore their chosen topic of: Let Black Girls Live a documentary film by the Save Girls on F.Y.E.R’s Liberation on F.Y.E.R. Group that raises awareness and gives a voice to the voiceless. Their goal for Let Black Girls Live is to inform the public about seven women of color who were killed by police. By researching and memorializing these seven lives the young women at Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. ensure we liberate and celebrate these women and know their stories. By discovering their own voice through the making of the documentary, the young women from Save Girls on F.Y.E.R. will be guided by a professional filmmaker to complete their project. Ultimately, this program will empower these young women to create and explore deep issues that relate to their own lives. In addition, ASAP! is providing a teaching artist for dance as another platform for expression. Both the documentary and the dance projects will be shared at the Save Girls on F.Y.E.R.’s graduation in November.

ASAP! is a social profit arts organization Serving nearly 10,000 students throughout CT each year, ASAP! promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its programs.

To view all ASAP! programs or to register for an upcoming class, please visit www.asapct.org.

Connecticut Media Group