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L M ALCOTT ART CENTER FOUNDATION
January 27, 2011

I had an idea of bringing together artists from different fields to show the connectedness of all of the different artistic mediums, be they visual arts or performance arts. When I stumbled upon the Alcott Arts Center, I knew this would be the perfect place for my event. Not only did they offer a space for so many varing arts from pottery, to theater, to painting, to dance, to videography, and everything in between, but they were always there to support each artist who came through the door with whatever they needed to make their show a success, or learn the finer details of their craft.

The Alcott Arts Center's motto, "Everything Positive. Nothing Negative." is not just a set of words, but a lense by which all decisions are focused. The nuturing environment created at the Alcott Arts Center not only gives artists the confidence and tools to hone their work, but gives them the drive and incentive to surpass their deepest dreams and push their talent to its fullest potential.

The Alcott Arts Center serves a huge geographical area and works diligently to provide an artistic outlet for children in the greater Kansas City Area, too. Offering a myriad of scholarships, classes and opportunities to children in the growing population of our city who are losing funding and exposure to the arts everyday. They produce children focused plays and events giving the children in the Kansas City Area a good foundation in the arts and an opportunity to shine.

Young to old, experts to budding, novice artists, writers to visual arts, to performers, the Alcott Arts Center truly has the right level of support to help all types artists from the greater Kansas City Area and beyond flourish. With their positive attitude and the huge blanket of artists they affect on a monthly basis, I could not help but give all of the extra time I have volunteering at this marvelous organization. Not only does the Alcott Arts Center provide the means, they provide the inspiration. They certainly have for me.

We are now in the planning stages of our third Flying Asbinis Traveling Sideshow ARTS-Travaganza, a festival of artists, at the Alcott Arts Center and are more than excited for the many years to come. They have afforded a venue that has allowed artists of all ages and backgrounds to grow by leaps and bounds and have helped us express the strong tie between all arts and show what we can do when artists can support each other, just as the Alcott Arts Center has supported so many artists!

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

I have experienced the results of this organization first hand, in my learning to plan and host large, festival style events. As well, I have seen artists of varying skill levels explode forward in their craft and seen the love of art blossom in young children due to the Alcott Arts Center's dedication to their greater community.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would find a way to purchase a new heating system so their building is not closed during the winter months.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I am on the board. I have hosted the Flying Asbinis Traveling Sideshow ARTS-Travaganza, an annual, two day festival of artists, been involved in several theatrical productions and spoken on behalf of the Alcott Arts Center in several different community e.