Native American After School Art Program (NAASAP)
The Native American After School Art Program (NAASAP) exists to provide a safe, structured, environment for Baltimore's Native youth to assemble themselves together. NAASAP programming presents Art as a vehicle for young people to address issues that are important to them. NAASAP lifts up the voices of Baltimore's Native American youth as they are empowered to work creatively toward real goals. Their sense of purpose, efficacy and ownership of their community grows in this process.
NAASAP is YOUTH RUN. Curriculum and class structure is developed by participating young people.
NAASAP was established and is co-facilitated by Community Artist Ashley Minner, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. A graduate of MD Institute College of Art's Master of Fine Art in Community Arts Program (MFA, '11, MA '07, BFA '05), Ashley is a Class X Open Society Institute (OSI) Baltimore Community Fellow.
NAASAP is co-facilitated by Foster Grandparents Frieda Minner, Minnie S. Maynor and Carl "Mr. Charlie" Locklear; all members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Currently, classes are held from 4-7PM on Mondays and Wednesdays at The Baltimore American Indian Center. Young people must attend school in order to participate in after-school programming. Summer programming schedule varies.
NAASAP is at capacity and enrollment is currently closed.