A3C Action Interview: Catching Up With ASAP

Sean Freeman
Posted by Sean Freeman on Jun 30

With the social climate of America steadily on the rise, it’s important that we have outlets and platforms that encourage and reward social activism, especially at the community level. The A3C Action Summit was created to embrace art, music, and hip-hop culture to advance social justice and civic engagement. In it's 3rd year of existence, A3C Action continues to inspire collaboration between artists & the community.

Last year’s finalists for the A3C Pitch Competition included Armed Services Arts Partnership, aka ASAP, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to reintegrating veterans into their communities through the arts. Through the art of comedy, ASAP provides veterans with opportunities to learn a new career while also supplying joy and laughter to their local community. They offer intro-level courses free of charge to veterans, service members, and military family members. These weekly courses include stand-up comedy, improv, writing, and storytelling.

Sam Pressler, founder and executive director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership, transformed ASAP from a student organization on the campus of William & Mary University into a thriving non-profit organization that builds communities for veterans and military families to prosper.

Pressler makes note that many of the social issues that break us, cut right through the veteran space. “Whether that is police brutality or mass incarceration, that affects our veteran community and I want to make sure that the veteran voice is heard in the social justice conversation” says Pressler.  ASAP is definitely on pace to helping veteran’s voices be heard, as they have performed at The White House and been featured on CNN, ABC news, Forbes and many other widely known platforms.    

To learn more on how to volunteer or donate to the organization stop over at their website http://www.asapasap.org/.   

 Applications for the 2017 Annual A3C Action Pitch Competition are now open!

A3C Action is national competition to find, support, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement. A3C Action Pitch Competition amplifies creative projects to increase the number of creatives at the problem-solving table.Apply for Action Pitch Competition

5-7 finalists are brought to Atlanta and provided with intensive training and mentoring prior to pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges.

The final pitch is on Friday, Oct 6th at the Action Summit

A3C Action Pitch Competition is a partnership with the Center for Civic Innovations

Applications Close on July 9, 2017

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Sean Freeman

Written by Sean Freeman

Sean is a freelance blogger & entrepreneur hailing from Dayton, Ohio who brings engaging content to the A3C editorial team. The Alabama State Alumnus is also co-founder of the brand FreeHype.

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