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.
Results: By July 2014, ArtReach worked with almost 10,000 students via our Free Workshop Program and almost 9000 students via our Fee-Based Program. We continue to focus on fundraising to support our Free Workshop Program and we have been awarded grants by Qualcomm, the Ramona Community Foundation, Target Foundation and more. We area also very privileged to have the support of dozens of visual artists and many local galleries. While we work to increase capacity, we continue to maintain high standards for our sequential, standards-based curriculum and we work with teachers and participate in professional development with San Diego County Office of Education Visual Performing Arts Department to insure that our workshops are relevant and engaging.
Target demographics: ArtReach works with students in grades K-6 throughout San Diego County. Free programs target Title I schools that have no existing art resources and no funds to provide them.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 students learn art skills and create art
Geographic areas served: All of San Diego County
Programs: Free Workshop Program-- ArtReach provides free, multi-session art workshops to K- 6 throughout San Diego County. This program is supported by grant writing, and multiple fund raising events. Fee-Based Workshops -- ArtReach also works in schools with the ability to pay for programs. All schools receive sequential, standards-based lessons with a focus on creating original art. Festivals -- ArtReach offers free art activities at festivals for kids and adults.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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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2 people found this review helpful

The hard work and passion of this organization has benefited many children in our community. Art is a language we can all understand. ArtReach helps inspire creativity and facilitate knowledge of all forms of art. It is unfortunate that our school budgets have been stripped from providing generations of school children the opportunity to learn and study art. ArtReach's efforts to bridge the gap is admirable and necessary. I am proud to volunteer my time helping this organization achieve all of it's goals. My hope is that ArtReach's support grows by leaps in bounds in the coming months and years.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I have done some volunteer work for ArtReach and I know that it is a wonderful thing for the schools and students it helps. Unfortunately schools had to drop their art programs because of budget issues and ArtReach fills that gap.

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

I wouldn't make any changes

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The sincere heart and hard work of ArtReach is truly evident through all of the organization's incredible programs. There is no doubt they are inspiring hope and creating transformational learning opportunities. Sadly, arts in the lives of children has become incredibly undervalued within educational programs. Through providing and encouraging creativity within school environments, ArtReach has become a wonderful saving grace.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I love volunteering for ArtReach! The work they do and the stories I've heard about how it impacts the kids lives is truly amazing! The programs they run really make differences in the lives of the children they work with and for that I'll continue to volunteer for them!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I love volunteering with ArtReach! I've helped them at several ArtWalks and it's a lot of fun creating art with the visitors to KidsWalk while we share the mission of bringing art education programs to public schools.

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

Increase their funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have had an amazing experience volunteering with ArtReach and have brought so many friends to experience program. Specifically volunteering at the Art Walks in Little Italy and on the Bay. To watch the children make something and see their creativity expressed brings a smile to my face and theirs. It is so important to continue art in schools and within the community. I am glad to be a part of an organization that believes so.

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

seeing the arts in my community flourish. I remember how important art was to me when I was in school. It was my favorite time in school and I love that children can share this experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been an active volunteer for ArtReach for nearly two years each time ArtReach participates at ArtWalk. ArtReach's vision to promote art and creativity to children is in a sense a dying artform. With television and video games, there is little left to the imagination. ArtReach gives children a creative outlet to show their talents, individuality, and passion in life. I love working with this organization each year and promoting their cause. When I see the kids draw and create their arts and crafts, the look on their faces on what they've created is priceless. I have so much fun each year and thoroughly enjoy helping the kids design and create their own art. I have to thank my coworker Jim and the GAP Foundation for introducing me to this great organization.

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

seeing the artistic drawings that these children create.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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2 people found this review helpful

ArtReach is a great program that brings art education programs into public schools that no longer have art. Professional artists with teaching experience engage students in art projects that include quality instruction in theory and technique, and lead them in creating their own masterpiece. Kids need Art!

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

seeing amazing creations from students who have participated in ArtReach programs.

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

interacting with the kids at ArtWalk and ArtWalk on the Bay.

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

Amazingly friendly.

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

bring an art program to 1.37 million kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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