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February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

Lisa Dennett and her staff have provided many workshops for teachers and students at conferences sponsored by my organization - The New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA). She taught me many techniques that I used with my special needs students. In addition, her company performed in my school district, Manhasset UFSD, many times. IDEAS is a fantastic organization. I recommend them wholeheartedly.

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

lessons I learned from Lisa Dennett that I used with my studnets.

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

IDEAS is continually growing and always open to new concepts. The staff is very easy to work with. IDEAS is "teacher friendly."

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

Knowledgeable and very kind.

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

Reach many more teachers and children!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Seeing the dedication from the founder to the instructors is heart warming and inspiring. Working with an organization that is committed to INCLUSION is rare and rewarding.

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

being around people who are committed to making a change with children.

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

dedicated and motivated. To see their constant commitment to improving themselves so they can create an incredible experience for the students is inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 12, 2009

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September 12, 2009

After working with a drama team I found them to be quite experimental, supportive of children with multiple handicaps. Their continuing participation in school life and cultural events in connection with school will surely help children develop a better understanding of culture and everyday life. I strongly feel the team should continue working in the same direction, because they are the wonderful enthusiasts that can make a positive difference in lives of children.

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

8-11K at School 286

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

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

professionalism and team-playing

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

Lisa Dennet was exceptionally great

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

Get involved with more children and connect them to cultural experiences

Ways to make it better...

I could continue to work with this team more closely

One thing I'd also say is that...

Good luck to this organization, they are doing great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 9, 2009

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August 9, 2009

I spent the last year working as a teaching artist with IDEAS and loved every second! The students hunger for creative outlets--and both the Sociodrama and Creative Drama programs give them such opportunities. I highly recommend IDEAS.

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

the communication skills of young people.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue reaching out to other locations and demographics.

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

the ideas young people come up with when allowed to think outside of the box!

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

talented and inspirational.

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

travel to a large number of states and even countries, bringing their format to more young people.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had the chance to stay in NYC and continue working for IDEAS!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the same challenges facing all art organizations at the moment. Art is one of the first things to cut during a crises.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Lisa Dennett has done a fine job all around.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

I have worked with Ideas as a teaching artist for over 3 years now. Within that time I have witnessed hundreds of moments in which economically, physically or mentally challenged children are brought the joy of performance,creativity and expression through this loving and dynamic organization. Ideas is a great gift to the community.

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

Having 10 million bucks(or even 10 thousand) would enable Ideas to bring more of its valuable programs to the underserved communities it serves. It would also enable a broader range of teacher training specific to working with the disabled population.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Working with IDEAS is a positive, inspiring and enjoyable experience for both the teaching personnel and the participants. As an IDEAS instructor, time and time again I have witnessed participants'creativity and openness increase, their respect and understanding improve and their sense of accomplishment and pride blossom. As a teaching artist on the roster of IDEAS facilitators, I have found the working atmosphere to be supportive, creative and respectful, while also demanding excellence, professionalism and commitment.

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

the eyes and hearts of youth in schools, community organizations, and special groups.

Ways to make it better...

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

give myself a raise. (joking !)

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

the practiced and detailed curriculum which allows you to both create further and rely on tried and true drama foundations.

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

capable, talented, friendly and supportive. Lisa Dennett is a tireless, dedicated, knowledgable and giving leader who has always maintained an organization which operates with quality, rigor and warmth.

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

further develop programs, provide programs for organizations that cannot pay, offer a more strongly tiered pay and merit structure for artists to work within, and give myself that much needed raise ! (joking on the last one...)

Ways to make it better...

there were slightly more autonomy allowed teaching artists.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

competing with larger organizations for funding and work and the challenging and difficult aspects of working with special needs populations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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