Action Arts and Science Program

Action Arts and Science Program

When did Action Arts and Science Program (AASP) begin?
The Washington Pavilion AASP program began in 1999 as a way for the Washington Pavilion to share its mission and the power of the arts with children and families beyond its walls. 

Who can participate?
AASP is available to children who attend after-school programs at Title1 Schools in the Sioux Falls School District, plus partner youth service organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire.

  • AASP partners sites for 2021-22 school year include: Sioux Falls School District Kids Inc. (9 elementary schools), Volunteers of America-Dakotas (Dakotas Youth Center & Kidz Count Program), Kid Stop Program, Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire

How many children/locations does the AASP program serve?
Currently 500 children participate in the program each week during the school year. We bring our program to over 20 partner sites each week. 

What does it cost families to participate and how is the program funded? 
Thanks to the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the South Dakota Department of Education, this program is offered at no cost to families. 

Who teaches the AASP program? 
The instructors for the program include art teachers, science specialists, active and retired classroom teachers, and college students. Our instructors are passionate about mentoring youth and are skilled at facilitating hands on learning. 

Action Arts and Science Program Inspires Students: 
AASP is a recipient of the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The award is given by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Our Children Thrive
Hands-on learning through arts and science transcends language and culture and inspires our diverse community.

Mentorship Matters
Washington Pavilion instructors bring unique and inspiring possibilities to students every week, where they discover and explore new subjects in a safe and creative space.

Unique Learning
From mural painting to parachute design, pottery creation to volcanic eruptions through chemistry, the Action Arts and Science Program brings fun to learning.

Real-World Skills
Collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving and analysis are critical to preparing students for our dynamic, changing world. The hands-on projects the students engage in have the unique ability to develop these important skills.

We Empower
The Washington Pavilion Action Arts and Science Program empowers students to take on challenges. This has a positive impact on the students as individuals and benefits the Sioux Falls community, now and into the future.

We Can’t Do This Without You 
Of course, we haven’t been able to make this program what it is today without the generous support of our community. 

  • Contribute: If you would like to help us continue bringing the arts and science to children through a donation, Donate Online or call 605-731-2377
  • Teach: We are always looking for qualified educators and committed volunteers. To inquire about teaching or volunteer opportunities, please visit or call 605-731-2374