Artreach, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1819 Jfk Blvd., Suite 200 Philadelphia PA 19103 USA

Mission: Art-Reach is committed to increasing access to the arts for traditionally underserved audiences. Art-Reach''s primary activities to overcome financial and physical barriers and make the arts more accessible to those it serves are:· The Ticketing Program, which distributes donated and discounted tickets to performing arts events, museums, and other cultural institutions.· The In-Facility Program, which brings the arts directly to our constituents through on-site performances and arts activities at participating agencies and schools.· The Workshop Program, which provides in-depth, participatory arts programs that address specific social needs on an as-needed basis.· The Access Guide, the region''s premier resource for structural and programmatic accessibility information about arts and cultural venues and organizations, available in printed form and online at www.art-reach.org.
Results: Over the past 23 years, Art-Reach has distributed over 213,000 donated and discounted tickets to people who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience the arts. Working with over 150 cultural organizations enables those we serve to experience theater and visit museums, gardens and historical sites across the region. In addition, Art-Reach has a roster of over 50 artists who reflect all types of performing and visual arts specialties and a diverse range of cultural and ethnic traditions, who travel to human services agencies for on-site performances. Since 2000, Art-Reach has coordinated over 2,300 on-site performances, with an average of 16 events per month.
Target demographics: Art-Reach provides arts and cultural experiences to traditionally underserved audiences of all ages - individuals with economic disadvantages and/or disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 17,000
Geographic areas served: Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware
Programs: Each program is sensitive to the individual and group needs of member agencies by making certain of accessibility issues and appropriateness of the performance/event for particular audiences. People of all ages, economic backgrounds, races and physical capabilities are able to enjoy arts and cultural events, when they otherwise might not be able to partake in the richness of the arts. In keeping with its central mission to overcome financial obstacles in order to make the arts more accessible, Art-Reach works to keep costs low. Our programs remain accessible to people with low incomes. Ticketing and Museum Programs:Art-Reach obtains donated or significantly discounted performing arts and museum tickets for distribution to participating agencies and schools serving special-needs audiences. Art-Reach matches audience members with appropriate performances, which maximizes the experience for participants and maintains good relationships with our arts partners. Over the past 19 years, Art-Reach has obtained over 187,000 donated and discounted tickets from over 125 arts organizations and distributed them to human service agencies serving traditionally underserved audiences. The Ticketing Program averages over 30 events per month, including performances for children and adults and ranging from theater to dance to museum visits. We receive approximately 10,000 tickets annually through the Ticketing Program, which gives people of all ages, economic backgrounds, races and physical capabilities access to arts and cultural events that they otherwise would not get to experience; that explore current, socially relevant issues; and that reflect the best of this region's rich cultural community. In-Facility Program:The In-Facility Program offers member agencies and schools the unique experience of having arts events carefully tailored to their needs and brought directly to their agency. This offers special-needs audience members the opportunity to interact much more directly with artists and with the artistic medium itself. Since the program's inception in 1992, Art-Reach has coordinated over 1500 In-Facility performances to date, with an average of 21 performances per month. Art-Reach has a roster of diverse performers that includes musicians, dancers, storyteller and visual artists who are experienced and dedicated to working with special needs audiences. We periodically make additions to the Roster of Performers in order to provide our participants with diverse arts opportunities. Workshop Program:Our Workshop Program brings performing and visual artists into facilities serving disabled and disadvantaged audiences on an ongoing basis. Access Guide:Available in printed form and online at www.art-reach.org, the Access Guide is the region's premier resource for structural and programmatic accessibility information about arts and cultural venues and organizations. Art-Reach has completed the first expansion of the online Access Guide to include more cultural venues from southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. There are now approximately 140 arts venues and organizations listed in the online Access Guide. Each new venue received a site review of its facility from a professional ADA consultant and a listing on the online Guide that details its structural and programmatic accessibility. We plan to continue to update and expand the online Guide, updating 40 current listings and adding 10 new ones this year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Artreach does an amazing job exposing underserved populations to cultural experiences in the region.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Growing up, I did not have alot of expendable income so the idea of attending the arts seemed so impossible to me; luckily as a working HR professional I have overcome that challenge of affording a ticket to enjoy the thrill and beauty of creative expression...however, I wanted to try and help those less fortunate in a similar challenge I had once faced so when I found Art-Reach as a volunteer in 2003 I discovered an amazing organizaiton and solution partner for accessibility challenges faced by diverse audiences in the Delaware Valley. Since starting as an event fundraiser and organizer, I have joined the Board of Directors and proudly participated as well as steered decisions that have positively impacted tens of thousands of individuals as well as enriched my own arts-passionate soul. The staff of Art-Reach, especially the Executive Director Michael Norris, are great examples of commitment and effectiveness with their roles in the organization that today is financially and operationally strong and growing. I encourage anyone interested in ensuring that status remains true to check out www.art-reach.org and explore how you, or someone you know, would be of service or benefit from connecting with this impressive group.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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?

2011

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5 people found this review helpful

Excellent executive director who understands the importance of and need for quantifiable and qualatative outcomes as it relates to the organization. Small, yet highly competant and innovative staff. Despite the limited size of its staff, Art Reach manages to have a strong impact on the arts community in SE PA, specifically those with physical and mental disabilities and the economically disadvanted. I've been very impressed by the ED's ability to develop partnerships with those inside and outside of the arts community. Many who know Philadelphia are aware that is a provincial, patronage town which impedes its progress. Art Reach and its ED is exactly the type of leader that eludes this city and its many nonprofits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are focused, innovative, and always seeking opportunities to exapand the pool of those served by the organization. They are visionaries in a veryprovincial city. The ED is deeply committed to diversity in all forms.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their impact on such a diverse array of constituenciess from SE PA

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent. Alaways looking for ways to engage the community in their work. Unfortuante that the small staff has such limited resources; however, they exceed so many others with greater budgets and staff in Phila.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

With $1 million they could do so much... I can only imagine how they'd positively impact Phila and its citizens with additional staff and resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

This group makes giving back to the community both fun and rewarding; the people that run the organization represent all that is the best non-profit leadership may offer today. When I first volunteered, I was seeking as a busy professional something organized, manageable, and worthwhile to contribute a small bit of spare time and big interest in helping others. How lucky I was to find Art-Reach on the first try...6 years later I have led numerous, impactful fundraising and awareness activites that offered me opportunity to stretch and develop leadership muscles (both my own and others). I highly recommend this group for anyone in corporate America that seeks a viable and vital way to give back to disadvantaged and disabled groups that are in risk of not being touched by the wonderful, inspirational and soothing hand of the arts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping others in dire need of cultural enrichment benefit from the expertise and charitable acts of the business and arts communities as well as growing personally from these experiences...and sharing the contagious joy with new volunteers and donors!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

St. Mary Interparochial Home and School Association has partnered with Art-Reach for over 6 years. Art-Reach has enabled many students and their families to experience art and culture in a time of economic crisis, in a time when we all need to have art, theater and dance in our lives! We have taken advantage of both the ticketing and the in-house artist residency programs. The Art-Reach staff and volunteer force provide excellent service to our school and we value them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of our parents and children at cultural events and when they tell stories about their outing later.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the efficient, friendly staff, always willing to help. I have benefited by attending shows and concerts with my own children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and efficient and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a program just for school children, city-wide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

We at Mars Hill CDC work with youth from north Philadelphia (9th Lehigh Avenue and 10th and Wallace areas), ages 5 thru 13. We are open to everyone and our group is predominantly African American. Art Reach has been a wonderful partner this year providing many opportunities for our youth to experience arts and culture that they would not have otherwise. The young people had a great time this holiday season attending performances in and around Philadelphia viewing the Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Oliver. Most recently we had a great time at the orchestral performance accompanying the Wizard of Oz. Thank you Art Reach for making the arts available to the youth of the Mars Hill CDC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing exciting cultural and educational opportunities for disadvantabed youth in north Philadelphia.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more accessible informaton about Art Reach in and around the Philadelphia area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunities have been in the Philadelphia area so our participants have gotten a chance to see different parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic and very helpful in making sure that the youth enjoyed the performances.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of activities it was able to sponsor and more youth would have opportnities to experience arts and culture usually unavailable to them.

Ways to make it better...

more organizations servicing inner city youth knew about their program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

suring up their donor base.

One thing I'd also say is that...

In spite of the economic downturn Art Reach has continued to prvide quality cultural and arts experiences through their programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The staff is always helpful! The in-house performances have been outstanding. The ticketing program is a great way to link the arts to individuals and groups that benefit tremendously.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic about the arts and sensitive to the needs of others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I was matched with Art-Reach about two years ago through a volunteer matching website - looking for something arts-related in the Philadelphia area. All of my interaction with Art-Reach has exceeded my expectations. The staff are exemplary in their dedication to under-served people who need assistance getting connected to the arts. Art-Reach staff are compassionate, resourceful and creative; they are very appreciative of their volunteers. As a Volunteer Ambassador I have been priviledged to serve at many events. I have seen first-hand the impact that cultural experiences have on the attendees. I am humbled and honored to be able to serve. Art-Reach provides a vital, priceless service.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I have helped people really feel the joy of an arts experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, professional, and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Our organization has been partners with Art-Reach for five years. Through them, the students in the after school program have visited museums and other ticketed events for a reduced price or for free. The students have also come in contact with In-Facility performances from Art-Reach's roster of talented performers. Art-Reach has allowed our students to experience the arts first hand.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so helpful. They were able to help create events for our students based on our needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer even more art opportunities to people who might not ordinarily be able to afford it.

Ways to make it better...

if there were more ticketed events during the week for school students.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Art-Reach is one of the greatest agencies that I have partnered with to help our community. They have enriched countless lives by their role in providing exposure to those that othewise may never had had the opportunity to experience the arts. The programming and staff are excellent. Art-Reach deserves any support that you can provide to make sure that they are able to continue their great work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enhancing exposure to the arts to the needy.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching people's lives changed by experiencing various artistic experiences

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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