The logo for Ashton Connects really tells the story: this is the newest effort to bring together the creative energies and sometimes-little-known personal talents which abound within our community.
Over a year ago, the Horizons program planted seeds encouraging the town to look around and see the strengths that exist here; to change perceptions from "limited" to "filled with potential." Other programs in earlier times had encouraged the same philosophy, so what we are about is not a new idea.
Ashton Connects is a networking challenge, using an approach called "asset mapping." Hopefully, the approach will surface new discoveries of people and cottage industries (real or imagined) and, with those discoveries, create new connections. This will be a-one-step-at-a-time venture, however, and the first step will be: gathering specific information about expertise and interest in the area of ARTS AND CRAFTS.