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: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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5 people found this review helpful

Art-reach has been the best thing to my job. I have had the oppurnity to get everyone out in the community and see different things they never experienced before. The best thing is the expression on there faces and how wonderful it makes them feel. I have taken people to concerts and shows who have never been to one before. I'm very grateful for being connected to Art-Reach to help me better serve the people I serve. Art-Reach Customer Service is the BEST. This Is A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!!

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

The wonderful people.

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

wonderful

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

Do alot more for the unfortunate people that would enjoy what ever was offered.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I occasionally blog for Art-Reach, and I seriously have nothing but praise for what this organization does in our great city - bringing the arts to people who have been traditionally marginalized in our community, because of disability, race, economic status, etc. I wish I was independently wealthy so I could help fund Art-Reach, and not just humbly volunteer once in a while.

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

contributing, however modestly, to a mission that is near and dear to my own heart.

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

dedicated and fabulous!

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

become the FOUNDATION it should be.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I found Art-Reach about a year ago and wish that I had found it earlier. As a Special Projects ambassador and writer for "Share the Experience" (the Art-Reach blog), I have had the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals for ASL interpreted performances and to speak with pioneering ballet company creative directors. I leave every interview feeling enriched and grateful to be a part of this organization. Not to mention, the people running it are some of the most warm and genuine I've met.

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

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

learning something new and exciting from every interesting person that I encounter.

Ways to make it better...

I still lived in Philadelphia and could volunteer more frequently!

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 month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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