The After School Arts Program, which serves the Northwest region of Connecticut, will kick off its 13th year in coming days.

ASAP will offer new workshops this year, including an Inter-district Community Folk Ensemble, which will begin in September; the Inter-district Strings Project with the Waterbury Symphony for students in middle school and high school; Hooping for preschoolers and students in kindergarten through grade 2; the Art of Fly Tying for grades 9 through adult; and the Inter-district Trees, Fields, and Streams Project with Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust for children in grade 5.

ASAP will also present new events this year.

In addition to the summer grant program presentations scheduled last Friday at the Washington Art Association and its annual Celebration of Young Writers in May, ASAP will hold its first Celebration of Young Photographers Dec. 3.

ASAP will also present the world-renowned dance company Pilobolus Feb. 10-11.

Upcoming September workshops will include storytelling for grades K through 2; the inter-district Community Folk Ensemble for middle schoolers through adults; Singing, rhythm and music for preschoolers; and digital photography for grades 3 through 5.

All classes will be taught by professional artists.

For more information, registration and a complete course catalog, visit www.