ACADEMY OF SPECIAL DREAMS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 115 W California Blvd Ste 326 Pasadena CA 91105 USA

Mission: The Academy of Special Dreams believes that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the Arts. The Special Academy's mission is to increase public awareness, recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions.
Target demographics: The Academy of Special Dreams believes that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the Arts. The Special Academy's mission is to increase public awareness, recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Academy of Special Dreams doesn't cease to amaze me. My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to view the Seventh Annual Disability Art Exhibit held in downtown Los Angeles with which the Academy was actively involved. The exhibit highlighted the talents and abilities of artists that are so deserving of accolades and support, whether financial or otherwise. We feel truly honored and privileged to continue as donors. We hope that others will be as touched by the Academy as we are and will find a way to support.

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My husband and I were introduced to the Academy through my friend and neighbor Michael. I had no idea such a wonderful organization existed. Although our schedules don't allow us to contribute personal time, we feel honored to be able to donate funds to help a most worthy cause.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation primary mission is to promote the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all societies. Art is one of the few commons shared throughout all societies, cultures, and locations. We promote all forms of artistic expressions of individuals with any type of disability from all over the world. This is done locally by holding gallery exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of other events, and globally on the internet by virtually showcasing artists works through images, writings, and videos. Another way we support artists is by with stipends for materials and supplies, and scholarships to continue their education.

These are just some of the reasons The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a unique and important nonprofit organization.

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I was one of the early artists to receive support from The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation, and now I'm one of it's board members.

I first found out about The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation through the internet. Though this doesn't sound important, it truly is significant. Being an online organization has many benefits, we're not physically or financially tied to any one location, we're able to work with artists and supporters around the globe. Most importantly, disabled artists who might not be able travel or even leave their homes can get involved with us, and gain support and exposure for their artistic talents because we are an online nonprofit organization.

These are just some of the reasons The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a unique and important nonprofit organization.

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2013

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Thank you all for your wonderful support and most of all for believe in our vision to Bring Public Awareness and recognition to the creative talents of people with disabilities.

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The Academy of Special Dreams is an organization that brings together a combination of talented artists, and for those who have an interest in the Arts wanting to build a foundation of fundamentals and encouraging self-expression. Everyone in the Academy strive to achieve development in areas from production to community.

The artistic skills along with interpersonal skills that I have observed in the past few years is very exciting and moving to see!

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As an employee with the City of Los Angeles we once again partnered with Academy of Special Dreams. Every year we work with them I am even more impressed with their dedication to developing artists. From teaching art to assisting in editing media material, whenever we needed help Academy was the first partner to offer assistance.

When the students participating in the Academy's programs arrived to the Artist's reception it filled my heart with joy to see so many excited, smiling faces. The student's enthusiasm and happiness was moving to all who witnessed it. There presence at the reception would not have been possible if it wasn't for the Academy coordinated transportation to our event. The Academy of Special Drams makes the dreams of people with talents who also happen to have a disability come true.

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The Academy of Special Dreams showcases the abilities and talents of persons living with disabilities in LA County. I have met some of the artists and they all have different stories that they express through their art. I had the pleasure of hanging out with on of the Academy's Artist Kenneth James last month. He was very passionate about his work. His media of rip art helped him express his life experiences in the service of his country and the daily grind of living in LA. His art is moving and thought provoking and I would have never seen it if it wasn't for the Academy of Special Dreams.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

The academy of special dreams is a great organization that has been and continue to help talented artists who are limited by their disabilities to accomplish their dreams. God bless this great organization to continue to help more and more artists to show the world who they are :)

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The Academy of Special dreams is truly special. I recently volunteered to curate the Seventh Annual Art exhibit for the City of Los Angeles, not only did they respond with many artworks but they were a pleasure to work with through out the whole process. This nonprofit organization cares about the community they serve and endeavor to create a positive and meaningful experience. I applaud them for their efforts. If anyone wants to become active and help the disabled community they would do well to associate with this organization.

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It was fun at the exhibit. Tho parking trouble on last minute blocked the way. But it was a fantastic time to meet with new artist from around Alhambra and Los Angeles to be cerious and inspired by their motivations and courage towards arts.

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I want to be an artist because I love to make short films, take photographs and most of all compose my own rap lyrics and music. Through music, film, and photography I have been able to express myself and my feelings. My faith and relationship with God is most important to me because He has given me strength and courage every day of my life. Many of the songs, films, and photographs are a testimony of my life and relationship with God.

I hope that through the lyrics of the songs I sing, the films I make, and photographs I take that people would be encouraged to never give up and always try their best. Also, to know that God is with us every day and He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

I want to combine film, photography, and my rap songs and be a living testimony to others and share with them how my life has been transformed since God came into my life.

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Thank you Mr V for making me a an artist For November. So Happy For October 29th! Everybody Is invited. Neighbors, and Family. Mr V is a great Teacher. We Love him very much.The acedemy helps people with Disabilities.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

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2013

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