After School Arts at Penn connects young and aspiring creatives, performers, and artists to accomplished peers and mentors on campus.

What is After School Arts at Penn (ASAP)?

Platt House’s weekly After School Arts at Penn program, run by students and staff of Platt House at the University of Pennsylvania, is an introduction to the performing arts for students ages 10-14. Participants get to choose two areas of study – dance, acting, voice, and musical instruments – and receive mentorship and lessons from undergraduate student artists. A typical Wednesday afternoon includes icebreakers, art projects, and snacks. At least once per semester, the program will also feature a special presentation from a University performance club!

Participant registration is now open for Spring 2024!

This semester's applications are open and there is space for new participants in our program! To join us on Wednesdays after school, please apply using our Interest Form at

Participant registration for the semester is currently closed.

The registration cycle takes place in August/September for the Fall semester and December/January for the Spring. Stay tuned - we look forward to hearing from you then!

Interested in being a Mentor?

Penn students can sign up to mentor students in dance, voice, instrumental music, and theatre or to lead visual arts and crafts projects at the beginning of each semester. Contact the PAC Community Service chair at paccomserv[at] for more information!

Parents, sign up for weekly text reminders from ASAP

Sign up to get intermittent reminders about upcoming sessions, schedule changes, and updates from the ASAP staff! To sign up, text "asap-penn" to the number 81010, or sign up here:

Spring 2024 Schedule

This semester, sessions are held only on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:30pm. Students can report to Platt House at 3702 Spruce Street between 3:30 and 4:00pm to begin the program. The session dates are listed below:

  • Jan 31
  • Feb 7
  • Feb 14
  • Feb 21
  • Feb 28
  • Mar 6 – NO SESSION (Penn Spring Break)
  • Mar 13
  • Mar 20
  • Mar 27 – NO SESSION (Philadelphia School District Closure)
  • Apr 3
  • Apr 10 – NO SESSION (Philadelphia School District Closure)
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 24 – Talent Show

Health and Safety

The program is held in person on University of Pennsylvania campus, which is subject to COVID-19 Mitigation Procedures as dictated by campus health and wellness offices.

During the program, snacks are provided in our lobby space with the option of social distancing. Masking is optional for all students and participants. Masks and hand sanitizer are widely available within our space for everyone to use.

We strongly encourage students, mentors, and guardians to prioritize the safety of the group. Please stay home if you feel sick!


Parents and Guardians are invited to join our contact list for text and phone notifications using our Remind notification system. Please make sure the cell phone numbers and email addresses that you list are the ones you check the most often, as we will use these channels to communicate possible program cancellations or changes.

Questions about schedules, contacts, or loaner instruments? Email us at platthouse[at]