ASAP awards grants to area teens

A dozen students from across Litchfield County are the recipients of annual summer grants from the After School Arts Program (ASAP).

The program, serving the Region 12 school district, was established in 2005 by the late ASAP board member, Bill Risley, to give students in grades 9-11 the opportunity to attend summer educational arts programs and internships.

Recipients include Callie Huber of Roxbury (attending the Berklee College of Music summer performance program), Kenny Heyne of New Milford (attending Rhode Island School of Design's pre-college program), Jesse Steinmetz of Washington (attending Alfred University's creative writing institute), Tyler Palmese of Bridgewater (attending Litchfield jazz camp), Alana Crumrine (attending Rhode Island School of Design's pre-college program) and Everett O'Reilly-Narciso of Washington (attending the Pratt Institute's pre-college summer art program), both of Washington.

Andrew Parlato of Bethlehem (attending Brown Univeristy's pre-college theatre program), Jennifer Pavlick of Litchfield (attending the Art Institute of Boston's young artist residency), Anne LaGattuta of Litchfield (attending Massachusetts College of Art's summer art program), Genna-Marie Kilduff of Terryville (attending Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth Writing program), Cameron Chaplen of Thomaston (attending the Wesleyan University Center for Creative Youth vocal music program) and Mikayla Sapack of Southbury (attending the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.).

The recipients will give presentations about their experiences Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington Art Association.

During the past five years, 43 students have received $81,748 in scholarships, made possible by the Lilac and Bresnan Family foundations and individuals.