Boston College establishes ASTEP Student Chapter

Boston College_Student Chapter

ASTEP has had a longstanding relationship with Boston College, and we’re thrilled that the students there have mobilized to build a formal ASTEP Student Chapter. Led by Co-Presidents Sarah Kelley and Eliott Purcell, this chapter strives to bring awareness to issues connected to poverty through the arts while providing art outreach to children in the Boston Area.

Their leadership team has been busy organizing and recruiting volunteers since the school year started — stay tuned for updates on their project!

 

Student Chapter launches this fall at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University_Student ChapterwSanta Clara ASTEP student chapter members!

 

For the past several years, ASTEP has worked closely with the Social Justice and the Arts Program at Santa Clara University so we’re excited that the students there have officially created Santa Clara ASTEP, an ASTEP Student Chapter. Led by Co-Presidents Nick Manfredi and Tennyson Jones, the student chapter will focus on organizing the pre­-existing spirit of artist ­activism on campus into compassionate engagement with the Santa Clara and San Jose communities.

“When Mauricio Salgado, ASTEP’s Director of Programs, visited the Santa Clara campus last year, he sparked a new way of thinking for the theatre and dance artists on campus. Located just minutes away from San Jose, a city with over 15% of its population living in poverty, Santa Clara University and its artist ­activists are called to the ASTEP mission.” — excerpt from the Santa Clara ASTEP application

When asked what they plan to do, they shared the following:

  • To engage the Santa Clara University Community in active dialogue about the greatest needs of the world beyond our campus.
  • To locate communities, especially of students and children, who are not able to benefit from artistic engagement.
  • To confront the realities of social issues such as poverty, substance abuse, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, gang violence, and teen pregnancy in our extended community through creative engagement and arts-­based action.




A new Student Chapter opens at Temple University

Temple Student Chapter

ASTEP@Temple University Co-Presidents Linnell Truchon and Anna Snapp

 

We welcome the newest ASTEP Student Chapter which has formed at Temple University. Led by Co-Presidents Linnell Truchon and Anna Snapp, the chapter hopes to visit various local schools and host a series of arts workshops that connect with a show that is being performed either at their school or at Temple University. They plan to establish this as a continual program to develop a strong relationship with the students so that they are further encouraged to engage with the arts. They also aim to create a partnering program for parents so that the creative exploration and subsequent conversations can continue in the home.

Exciting and inspiring work — welcome to the ASTEP Community!