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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next-best time is today.

Planted early and nurtured over time, a child’s creativity and self-esteem can, like a tree, grow and blossom. Take time today to make a difference in a child’s life by supporting ASAP.


ASAP succeeds in large part because of dedicated volunteers who grow strong, positive relationships with our students to help them develop their unique talents. Volunteers are needed to assist the teaching artists in the studios and to help ensure the students have a safe and productive learning environment. No art experience is necessary — only an interest in helping the children realize their potential! Volunteers are also greatly appreciated behind the scenes, helping with the administration of this dynamic organization.

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ASAP studios are run by teaching artists — individuals with good teaching skills as well as professional or extensive experience in their chosen artistic medium. Studios cover the gamut of arts—2D and 3D visual, theatrical, musical, literary, dance, and more.

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ASAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our programming relies upon individual charitable contributions and grants from individuals, foundations, corporations and governmental entities. Your financial or in-kind contribution makes a substantial difference in the life of an underserved child by providing an opportunity to build their self-esteem and enrich their learning experiences. Your donation to ASAP is greatly appreciated!

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If you have questions about how you can help ASAP ensure continued quality arts programming for Des Moines’ creative kids, please do not hesitate to contact us.