Q: What age do you need to be in order to be eligible for classes and workshops?

A: See ages in the bullets below:

  • Multi-Week Classes (Comedy Bootcamp, Operation Improv, Storytelling 101, Creative Writing, Drawing, and Acting): Due to the mature nature of some of the art expressed we ask that all participants be at least 18 years old.

  • Workshops: Generally participants are 18 years and older, however some workshops may be suitable for younger participants. If an event we host allows minors, we will specifically list eligible ages on the official event page. Minors must have at least one parent/guardian also confirmed as attending the workshop.

Q: I applied after the deadline. When is the next class?

A: ASAP hosts Operation Improv, Creative Writing, and Storytelling in the spring and in the fall. Comedy Bootcamp is hosted in the spring, summer, and fall. If you submit your application after admissions decisions are made, you will receive an email update as soon as the next class schedule is confirmed. We work with a number of organizations to schedule our classes and are not always able to schedule the spring, summer, and fall sessions at once. We thank you for your patience as we finalize class dates in-between semesters.


Q: Why did I receive another deferral notice?

A: While we wish we could accept all applicants, we receive more applications than we can accommodate each semester. The process of selecting participants for our classes is one that we take seriously. We focus on applicants’ expressed desire to develop new skills and willingness to learn more about a specific art form. Again, we regret having to make fine distinctions among deserving members of the military/veteran community. If you have been deferred multiple times, we encourage you to strengthen and re-submit your application. We also invite you to continue to pursue your interest in the arts by attending our workshops and/or performances.


Q: I do not live in Washington, DC or Hampton Roads, Virginia. Can I still participate in ASAP's programs?

A: Currently we do not offer programs outside of Washington, DC or Hampton Roads, VA. That said, we hope to reach as many veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers as possible and will make a public announcement if we begin offering programs in a new location.


Q: Does ASAP provide art therapy? What is the difference between art therapy and art education?

A: No, ASAP does not provide art therapy services; it solely offers art education programs. ASAP’s definition of art education is borrowed from American for the Arts, which defines art education as “Instruction and programming in all arts disciplines--including but not limited to: [comedy], dance, music, visual art, theater, creative writing, media arts...” Art Therapy differs from arts education because it works to achieve mental health outcomes. According to the American Art Therapy Association:

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active-art making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress… (2017.)

If you are interested in art therapy services, please visit Psychology Today's art therapy page or the Department of Veterans Affairs' fact sheet on creative arts therapies.



Q: Can we partner with ASAP on a performance?

A: If you are interested in having ASAP alumni perform at your event (i.e. conference, fundraiser, dinner, etc.) please contact our Executive Director, Brian Jenkins, at

If you would like to partner with ASAP to host a community performance -- as we’ve done with breweries, coffee shops, and other event spaces -- please contact our Program Manager, Val Smith, at


Q: Are there opportunities to volunteer with ASAP?

A: Yes! Our work would be impossible without the generosity of our volunteers. Be sure to check out the volunteering page on our website for more information! Currently, our greatest needs are community outreach and event-support (i.e. performances and workshops). If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, or would like to propose additional options to support our work, please email our Program Manager, Val Smith, at


Q: I am a veteran comedian. Can I enroll in Comedy Bootcamp?

A: Comedy Bootcamp is an introductory-level stand-up comedy class. If you feel comfortable in the open mic circuit, enrolling in this class probably doesn’t make sense for you. That said, we invite you to get involved! Veteran comedians are welcome to perform at our community performances. You can check-out and sign-up to perform at our upcoming shows by visiting Veteran comedians are also eligible to mentor our Comedy Bootcamp participants. If you are interested in mentoring participants during the upcoming class, please email our Program Manager, Val Smith, at She will provide additional information.


Q: Can I lead a class or workshop with ASAP?

A: We are committed to creating ongoing arts education opportunities for members of the military/veteran community and often partner with arts organizations and independent teaching artists to host workshops and/or classes. If you have a class or workshop proposal, please email our Program Manager, Val Smith, at to discuss a potential collaboration.