The Washington Depot-based After School Arts Program (ASAP) has issued an invitation to students in grades 6 to 12 in the community and adults to participate in phase two of its inter-district community mural project.

Participants will continue the creation of a 100-foot by 30-foot outdoor mural on the side of Libby's Furniture store in downtown Torrington throughout the month of August.

For a flat fee of $25, students can attend sessions to complete painting the mural with local artists, including mural artist Matt Wood, community members and volunteers.

The scheduled dates and times are Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Two grants from the Wayne M. Gnazzo and Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. were recently received for the project.

ASAP Executive Director JoAnne Torti said an initial grant of $4,800 was used to complete phase one of the project and a second grant of $25,000 will provide major support for phase two.

"This mural is the result of hard work and collaboration from so many members of our community, and it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors to Torrington for many years to come," Ms. Torti said.

The mural was started in April.

Due to complications in the preparation of the mural wall, expenses increased and the time frame had to be extended, which required more funding.

Bus transportation to the mural will be available.

The bus will pick up students at the ASAP office at 8:30 a.m., stop at Litchfield High School at 8:50 a.m. and continue to the mural.

Students will return to Litchfield at 11:40 a.m. and the ASAP office at noon.

For more information, visit www.AfterSchoolArtsProgram.org or call 860-868-0740.