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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have been involved with Arts Express for at least ten years. I remember singing at the Tucson Community Center in a program of patriotic songs right after 9:11/01.
It was a beautiful, moving experience.

Tucson, Arizona schools won awards in the 1950s with some of the most
innovative and creative programs to teach arts in the schools in competition with the best across the nation. In the late 1960s, however, the courts decreed that money which had heretofore been devoted to arts programs should be diverted for other purposes because the courts ruled that Tucson schools were segregated, and that flaw had to be corrected. Tucson Schools continue under the desegregation rules to this day, and no program for the arts received extensive funding from the schools or the state. Arts Express and Opening Minds through the Arts are two programs which have been developed to fill this void.

Arts Express is producing students whose education is more well-rounded, whose overall grade point averages are better and who are more eager to learn. Arts Express also has programs for adults which people of all ages attend enthusiastically. I feel fortunate and grateful when I sing in the programs of Arts Express, because a person is never too old to enjoy music.

Arts Express also encourages the other arts - dance, drawing, drama - and for thousands of Tucson children who might very well not have the opportunity otherwise to be involved in the arts, Arts Express is a blessing.

I endorse Arts Express enthusiastically.

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Participation in choir

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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Our family attended the Christmas productions of Arts Express in past years. 'Follow The Star' was more than a performance by incredibly talented artists. It touched our hearts with the beautiful story of God's gift to the world of His Son.

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Being touched by their music artistry.

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no changes

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

My daughter attended FAYA for three years. It was an incredible experience. Not only did she gain self-confidence, she learned new wasy to express herself. Arts Express has very qualified teachers and provides a supportive learning environment.

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

Taking my daughter to/from FAYA; attending showcase performance; talking with FAYA teachers

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

Offer a northwest location

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

One of the most important facets of growing up and on into adulthood is the joy and satisfaction of participating in music. It adds an extra dimension to life which can always be enjoyed.
Arts Express provides opportunities to both young and old to do this by participating in Follow the
Star, Centennial Holiday and Let Freedom Sing.
I have participated in these various programs for the past 12 years and am impressed with the quality of direction,the musicians, the artists behind the scenes, the costuming, excellent soloists, chorus and the enthusiastic "can do" volunteers.

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

seeing it grow and become more excellent in talent and scope since its beginning.

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

hope they could expand programming even more, have funds to update costumes and sets and to rent larger venues to reach more people.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

We have attended Follow the Star program by Art Express, and we were impressed with the quality of performance and production (costume, set design, etc). We applaud Art Express for providing a great opportunity for bringing together a variety of people in Tucson to gain first-hand experience in the performing arts and, in the process, creating a sense of community.


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Audience in Tucson

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they are the best

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I attended the Arts Express Let Freedom Sing concert last July and was blown away by the talent. I had no idea that there were such exceptional performers in Tucson. The production was amazing. The volunteers were pleasant and helpful and the experience was incredible. I look forward to this years Let Freedom Sing concert and plan on bringing a large group of friends this time!

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Let Freedom Sing concert July 2010

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February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I've worked with Arts Express for the past two months and I am so excited to be apart of a fantastic organization, with a great cause. Everyday, I want to give more time to Arts Express because I can sense they are doing something special that will have a huge impact in the community and the children.

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With how many kids they are able to reach.

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At this point I wouldn't change the direction they are going in.

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

Arts Express has provided remarkable opportunities for children and adults to experience the arts through after school and summer performing and visual arts classes, public performances and visual art exhibitions for over ten years. The selection of teachers and conductors for each event has been of the highest standard.

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

Seeing how the children and adults find joy in their arts experiences, build new friendships, become more confident in themselves, and are willing to explore their creative abilities.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide Arts Express with sufficient funding to serve more children who do not have the opportunity to experience arts on a regular basis.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Arts Express has provided remarkable opportunities for children and adults to experience the arts through after school and summer performing and visual arts classes, public performances and visual art exhibitions for over ten years. The selection of teachers and conductors for each event has been of the highest standard.

The Great!

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

Seeing how the children and adults find joy in their arts experiences, build new friendships, become more confident in themselves, and are willing to explore their creative abilities.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide Arts Express with sufficient funding to serve more children who do not have the opportunity to experience arts on a regular basis.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Arts Express is the quintessential non-profit organization. Since its foundation, I have been blessed to receive the benefits of its mission not only in Tucson, but accross the world. Shortly after July 4th, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, I received a DVD of Let Freedom Sing recognizing my unit and all the service members serving abroad.
From experience as a youth volunteer/participant in Let Freedom Sing, Follow the Star, and the Fine Arts Youth Academy, no organization does it better than Arts Express. Children and adults from all economical and sociological backgrounds combine their talents to live up to the AE mission - changing lives and the community through the power of the arts.
I look forward to watching future generations benefit from such a professional and wonderful organization the same way I did.

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Watching the power of the arts vastly improve and transform the lives of people is how I've benfited the greatest from AE.

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

Provide more funding to allow Arts Express to expand its outreach and provide more scholarships for underprivileged children to share their talents.

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