The After School Arts Program (ASAP), which serves the Region 12 school district, has announced its workshops and programs for the new school year.

People aged preschool through adult will have an opportunity to take workshops on circus arts, electrolytic etching, stop-motion animation, marionette-making, siege weapons, fencing, interpretive dance, robotics, recording studio techniques, stage magic and more.

ASAP will offer more than 100 programs for students this year, favoring longer, more in-depth workshops than in previous years.

In addition, ASAP will expand the scope of its inter-district projects to include an inter-district mural project with local painter Matt Wood, an inter-district music project with master percussionist John Marshall, an inter-district dance project with the world-famous Pilobolus and an inter-district writing project with educator Reggie Mara.

A new inter-district photography project will be introduced this year.

Returning this year will be ASAP's Strings Project with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.

Middle and high school participants will work with the WSO's skilled musicians to study proper techniques and learn selected pieces of music.

The project will culminate Feb. 26 with a concert at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington.

At ASAP's sixth annual Celebration of Young Writers, the Frank McCourt Award for Excellence in Teaching will be given to a local teacher.

For more information about ASAP, call 860-868-0740, e-mail asap@afterschoolartsprogram.org or visit www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.