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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Performing Arts

Mission: Arts For The Schools mission is to enhance our children's education and foster a lifelong appreciation of the creative arts for students.

Results: 5 Stars!

Target demographics: the youth of our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 students receive art education

Geographic areas served: Tahoe

Programs: Visual Arts Instruction through our Artist in Residence Program and exposure to dance, theater, music, spoken word and cultural arts through our Performing Arts Program.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member, my “goal” is to enable this special organization to continue to provide extraordinary and affordable hands-on arts experiences to both our school children and to the community at large. I don’t think I have ever encountered a person – child or adult – who has attended a performance or seen the results of a visual arts project, who has not been blown away by the quality of their experience. The commitment of our Executive Director and the support of our community are making this goal closer to a reality. Arts For the Schools is a unique gem that we need to preserve in our North Tahoe community!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Trustee of Arts For the Schools for six years and have served on other non-profit Boards of Directors over the last decade. In addition, I've served a number of local non-profits in a volunteer basis. Arts For the Schools fills a unique niche in three distinct areas of programming: providing hands-on visual art instruction in the classroom, interactive multicultural arts performances for students and a broad range of performing arts events for the community. The value of Arts For the Schools offerings for the communities in this region is difficult to overstate: for many children in this area, our programs may be the only exposure to African or Asian culture they have ever had or WILL ever have. It's a big responsibility, but Arts For the Schools meets the challenge.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have read the other reviews and can only add my confirmation to the things that have been said. This organization fills such a void in our community. As a board member, volunteer and donor I also want to reiterate how AFtS has evolved, making the leap from an incredibly driven and inspired founder to a board governed organization with paid staff. Raine, as executive director, has filled some very big shoes. She does so with much skill and enthusiasm. Her love for what she is doing is evident and is taking us to another level.