Video By: Ann Bickel
AFTER SCHOOL ARTS PROGRAM
The After School Arts Program (ASAP) was launched in January 2018 as an initiative of ArtsAltoona. The goal of this program is to integrate the arts into after school programming throughout Blair County, creating an environment which will build confidence and strengthen talents of area youth through the arts.
We have established an extensive cohort of artists who are committed to giving at-risk, disengaged, and underprivileged youth the opportunity to not only appreciate the arts, but engage in creating something beautiful both with their hands and in their hearts.
Research supports the claim that arts education will result in students who are more creative, innovative, and ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy. Arts-based instruction increases self-esteem and willingness to try new things. As students become more engaged in learning, their attitudes toward school, and toward themselves, improve.
In addition to creativity, arts programs help students develop self-assessment, organizational, and planning skills, leaving them well-prepared for the workforce.
Perhaps most importantly, the greatest gains with arts integration are often seen school-wide, and with the most hard-to-reach and economically disadvantaged youth.
If you would be interested in becoming an After School Program volunteer, please email us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET ANN BICKEL
A former middle school art educator, Ann is a community art educator and the owner of Photographic Memories by Ann M. Bickel. Ann brings her passion for art to ArtsAltoona’s After School Arts Program (ASAP), creating inspiring programs for young people that introduces them to all genres of the arts – opening their hearts and minds to all sorts of creative possibilities!