The After School Arts Program in Washington, which serves Northwestern Connecticut, has received a $15,000 grant from the Jean and Julien Levy Foundation for the Arts.

The foundation has awarded grants to ASAP since the organization began 17 years ago.

The grant will be used to offset teaching artist fees, program supplies, transportation for students, and entrance fees to museums and other cultural institutions.

In 1999, ASAP was established in Region 12 (Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington) as an after school arts program where there was no opportunity for children to participate in arts programs after school.

In its first year, ASAP enrolled 72 students and employed four art organizations.

Today, ASAP has more than 40 participating teaching artists and arts organizations and will provide programing during and after school, on weekends, during the summer and hold myriad events for nearly 8,000 children and families from over 80 towns.

Tuition fees cover only 18 percent of program costs.

ASAP never turns a child away and will provide approximately over $25,000 in financial aid to families in need this year.