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

What is After School Arts at Penn (ASAP)?

The 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 Fall 2023!

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 upcoming semester is not yet open.

Stay tuned - our next registration cycle opens in September. We're looking 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 session. 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:

Fall 2023 Schedule

This Spring sessions are held only on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:30pm, starting on February 1st. Students can report to Platt House at 3702 Spruce Street before 4pm to begin the program. The Spring 2023 session dates are listed below:
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • November 22 – NO SESSION (Thanksgiving Break)
  • November 29
  • December 6

COVID Safety

The program will be 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 encourage anyone who feels sick to stay home!


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 COVID safety updates and possible program cancellations or changes.

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