ARTREACH

Rating: 4.93 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2210 Columbia Street San Diego CA 92101 USA

Mission: ArtReach takes professional artists into elementary schools throughout San Diego County to provide standards-based, visual art workshops. ArtReach specifically focuses on providing low or no cost programs to schools that otherwise would have no art resources.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Artreach has been providing much needed fine arts instruction and fun projects to our students for the past few years. The students love the projects and always learn new appreciation for various art techniques and styles. They provide wonderful lesson plans for the teachers to see in advance. The students are engaged and on-task. We enjoy this program so much that when we received a grant for arts education we bought more Artreach sessions for our students!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Sadhana Bhatt. I am a First Grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in North Park, San Diego. Having ArtReach at our school is a personal experience for me. My young students--who are popping with imagination--are thoroughly engaged and expertly guided to create works of art at each session! It is important for me to know that the teachers are practicing artists themselves. Their creativity and expertise shows and is infectious!
ArtReach makes the "A" in our STEAM Magnet Program. In my mind, they are a truly Great Nonprofits organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Lynn Minor and I am a teacher at Jefferson Elementary in North Park. Our school is 100% free and reduced lunch, Title One, and the majority of our students are second language learners. Last year, we were fortunate to have ArtReach teach four workshop classes to each of the third , fourth, and fifth graders. They loved it! It wasn't easy for every one. Children were challenged to use their own ideas and trust their choices ( Not an easy task when there is no right or wrong answer. . However, the artist /teacher Ms. Catherine guided them with such clarity , compassion and understanding that each and everyone of them competed all of the projects. Their creations were showcased at our school's Centennial Celebration last year and they truly stole the show!

As a teacher who believes that all children can learn, ArtReach, opens up a wide variety of avenues for students to be successful at school. This is one of the best Non- Profits I have ever known.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ArtReach came and did art lessons for my sons' third grade class several times last year. Not only did my some have a great time, but he created amazing works of art and learned a lot! Big thanks to Ms. Catherine and everyone involved in bringing this opportunity to my son and his schoolmates :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I serve on the board of ArtReach and am so proud of the work that we do taking art lessons to kids who need them most. Recently we began providing art workshops at Monarch school for the homeless, and the impact has been tremendous. I firmly believe that we have to get better at teaching innovation and creativity, and ArtReach does just that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ArtReach takes art to elementary students throughout San Diego County and provides free art lessons to those who have the greatest need. This organization does amazing things. Lessons are taught by professional artists, delivering first-class art. They make the most of every donation and spend very little on overhead. I feel good giving time and money to this organization.

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen first-hand how the arts can impact young people’s lives. Some students would have had no interest in school otherwise. Students exposed to the arts learn how to truly think creatively – this is greatly lacking, but desperately needed to be competitive in any industry globally.

ArtReach provides arts classes to students who really don’t have this exposure. They are in deeply underserved neighborhoods and do not receive arts in the classrooms otherwise. Giving these students' exposure to the arts provides them new ways of thinking, triggers new interests, and often opens up children who are otherwise disengaged from school.

Just one example is from a child who was in a class who received an art lesson last fall. The boy’s father was in prison, and the child was sad and withdrawn. During the art lesson, the boy completely opened up – he was given a channel to express a lot of pent-up emotion, depicting his sadness in his art and changing his mood. He was visibly proud of his accomplishment and able to release some of his sadness in his art.

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Plain and simple: I love ArtReach!

As someone who uses art and design everyday, I know how important it is to keep as much art as possible in the curriculum at local elementary schools. ArtReach has taken that idea and made it an absolute priority.

The entire team at ArtReach is passionate and smart. I've had the pleasure of seeing them working firsthand with students-- all of the kids light up upon their arrival. It's pretty amazing the energy that can be injected into a classroom with a little bit of art.

I own a San Diego-based sunglasses company called Knockaround. Last year we partnered with ArtReach for our new charitable program called Class Acts. The program is cool-- we go into local elementary schools and let 4th and 5th graders design sunglasses. We choose one winning design, and actually have the sunglasses produced. We sell the winning design, and all of the profits go back to ArtReach and the local elementary schools.

ArtReach has been instrumental in helping us set up the program and navigate all of the politics of the local schools. It takes some real saavy to be able to organize and pull off a new program like Class Acts... ArtReach has made it look easy.

Is ArtReach a great non-profit? YES! Yes. Yes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Despite cuts to school programs, San Diego's kids can have art in school because ArtReach is here. Skilled artist-teachers make it happen right in the classroom with curriculum-based, eye- and mind-opening projects, and all the supplies needed. Supporting ArtReach can help switch on a lot of lights in a lot of kids' heads--kids that would otherwise have no exposure to art and to tapping their own creativity. Making art does more than enrich: it directly affects increased learning and creative thinking. That's what education is about. What a remarkable group this is.

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ArtReach is a 'dream come true' for many in the San Diego Area! A nonprofit that gets the job done, ArtReach touches many lives! The quality of instruction and creativity is top notch. Students, teachers,volunteers and staff members all rave about being associated with such a quality group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a third and fourth grade teacher I had the opportunity to work with ArtReach over the course of 3 years. My students were engaged during the art lessons and I was able to apply what I learned to my classroom art lessons. Before each visit by ArtReach, I was given a lesson plan (including resources) that outlined what my students would experience.

The ArtReach instructors demonstrated a genuine love and excitement for the visual arts. They asked for my feedback on how to improve what they were doing with my students. I highly recommended ArtReach for all grade levels!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My second grade students really looked forward to the different art lessons provided by the very skillful and extremely patient art instructors . Students were able to use their creative skills to produce wonderful art pieces that give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. The students were excited to shared their art portfolios with parents during Open House. The art lessons were beneficial for all. Even my "high flyer" was willing to focus and follow directions. I, too, was inspired to learn some how-to art strategies to use later in my classroom. I am looking forward to another year of ArtReach at Lee Elementary for the next group of 2nd graders to enjoy.

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

Provide additional Art days .

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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