ASTEP Interactive Workshops

Promote the arts for social change while developing leadership skills and connections with a network of professional artists.

Since 2003, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) has been cultivating a community of artists who make using the arts a tool to empower youth a primary part of their lives and practice. We would like to invite your school to be a part of this growing community and see firsthand the transforming power of the arts.

Through a series of one, two, or three-day workshops, ASTEP will engage students at your school in an exploration of how to use the creative arts as a tool to empower an individual or community:

  • What is Poverty? A discussion focusing on the many perceptions of poverty, how we relate to them, and the role of art in empowering the impoverished.
  • The Artist as Citizen A discussion on the role of the artist in society and how to be more active members of our communities.
  • The Intersection of Culture, Community and Creativity: An exploration of how art can be used effectively for cross-cultural exchange.
  • Creative Pedagogy A focus on best practices and approaches to teaching the arts in a wide spectrum of community settings. Participants will engage in ensemble building techniques, diversity scenarios, activities for setting an environment, and more.
  • Devising with ASTEP – Participants will create pieces around a common theme, drawing from their own personal experiences with the help of a few inspiring prompts and some useful techniques for devising.

Workshop Format

  • One-Day Workshop – ASTEP will explore the Artist as Citizen, then present our methodology and volunteer opportunities, followed by a Q&A session | $550*
  • Two-Day Workshop – ASTEP will provide two separate workshops, then present our methodology and volunteer opportunities, followed by a Q&A session. Interviews for summer volunteer placements can be scheduled | $1200*
  • Three-Day Workshop – ASTEP will provide four or more workshops designed specifically to your curricular needs, then present our methodology and volunteer opportunities, followed by one-on-one meetings. In addition, interviews for summer volunteer placements and an ASTEP presentation to the larger student body can be scheduled | $1750*

* Fees do not include the cost of travel or accommodations. Scholarships are available for qualifying schools

url“The Devising with ASTEP workshop was the highlight of my week at KCACTF. Thank you so much for showing me what a strong future exists for artists hoping to help humanity. I know, with whatever I pursue in life, I want to help people. If I am able to help people through something I enjoy, well, there isn’t a better combination!”

– Maria Arvanitakis, Kansas State University


ASTEP is thrilled to have worked with the following schools:

  • Alfred University
  • Austin College
  • Boston College
  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • New York University
  • Moore School of Art and Design
  • The Juilliard School
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • La Guardia Community College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Penn State Altoona
  • Santa Clara University
  • St. Mary’s College
  • Stonehill College
  • Walnut Hill High School 

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Aaron Rossini at

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