For our 40th Anniversary year, here are 40 reasons why the After School Art Program (A.S.A.P.) is “ESSENTIAL!”

Studying Art, Music, Theatre, Dance and Wellness at SAC…

  1. Nurtures creativity
  2. Encourages self-expression
  3. Encourages exploration
  4. Improves academic performance
  5. Increases fine motor skills
  6. Increases confidence
  7. Develops character
  8. Improves visual learning
  9. Improves decision-making skills
  10. Teaches perseverance
  11. Helps improve self-discipline
  12. Increases self-motivation
  13. Develops focus and concentration
  14. Develops collaborative and team-building skills
  15. Develops accountability in a group
  16. Offers a safe environment to develop a hobby
  17. Offers non-discriminatory learning environment
  18. Teaches cultural awareness
  19. Gives the chance to try a variety of activities without risk
  20. Teaches students to TAKE risks
  21. Builds communication skills
  22. Creates connections to positive community role models
  23. Develops problem-solving skills
  24. Encourages community engagement for instructors, students and volunteers
  25. Strengthens mental, physical and emotional health
  26. Creates greater social tolerance and empathy
  27. Teaches critical thinking
  28. Improves language and reading skills
  29. Teaches interpretive skills
  30. Lowers stress
  31. Decreases anxiety
  32. Develops friendships
  33. Creates identity
  34. Builds self esteem
  35. Gives a sense of pride
  36. Encourages relaxation
  37. Improves overall well-being
  38. Teaches constructive criticism
  39. Refines eye-hand coordination
  40. Reminds us that creativity is EVERYWHERE, and for EVERYONE!

Working with the SAC has been an eye-opening experience for me.  I never would have expected to have gone that far with my hobby, photography, which is what it always has been – doing something simply because I enjoy it. I have been a little reluctant over the past few years about having an exhibit and the SAC stuck with me and didn’t give up! I am thankful for their patience and giving me this opportunity.

Everyone at the SAC has been extremely great to work with and very supportive. Having this exhibit has also brought to my attention how supportive and excited my community is for me. Although I am not one for public attention, I’ve been told it is well deserved. It is easy to not see ourselves and our accomplishments the same as those around us.

The SAC gives people like myself a chance to shine!

– Julie Yatsko

*Julie Yatsko’s Photography will be showcased in the SAC Hall Gallery until February 28, 2020.