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Above the Clouds

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Arts Services, Children & Youth, Youth Development

Mission: We offer free arts classes (ballet, cheerleading, drawing, drama, etc.) for Milwaukee's inner city youth ages 5-17 yrs. old. Our goal is to provide a safe and loving atmosphere where our children can express themselves through ballet, cheerleading, drama, Modern dance, Hip Hop, Martial Arts, music (vocal) and various mediums of art at no charge. ATC is a faith based 501C3 non-profit organization that strives to challenge and offer hope to children.

Results: How successful is Above The Clouds? In our fall 2017 session which runs September 18 thru Dec. 7, classes were held at: • Holton Youth + Family Center (E. Burleigh) • Urban Ecology Center (W. Pierce St) • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (N. 64th St.) • Journey House (W. Scott St.) • Hi-Mount School (W. Garfield Ave.) • Vincent H.S. (W. Granville) At these locations we served: 133 children making up: 86-African American 4-Asian 27-Caucasian 5-Hispanic 10-Multi-Racial 1-Native American These children/families come from 19 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas In our winter 2018 session which runs January 22-May 25, classes were held at: • Holton Youth + Family Center (E. Burleigh) • Urban Ecology Center (W. Pierce St) • Eastbrook Academy (N. Green Bay Road) • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (N. 64th St.) • Journey House (W. Scott St.) • New Beginnings Are Possible(N. 42nd St.) • Hi-Mount School (W. Garfield Ave.) • Vincent H.WS. (W. Grandville) At these locations we served: 176 children making up: 119-African American 4-Asian 34-Caucasian 9-Hispanic 10-Multi-Racial These children/families come from 22 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas Our summer 2018 session which runs June 19-August 17, classes were held at: • Holton Youth + Family Center (E. Burleigh) • Eastbrook Academy (N. Green Bay Rd.) • Kagel School (W. Mineral) • Journey House (W. Scott St.) At these locations, we served: 61 children making up: 39-African American 15-Caucasian 15-Hispanic 2-Multi-Racial These children/families come from 22 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas Our fall 2018 sessions, which runs Sept 17-December 14, classes are held at: • Greater Life Community Center (N. Teutonia Ave.) • Holton Youth + Family Center (E. Burleigh) • Eastbrook Academy (N. Green Bay Road) • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (N. 64th St.) • Journey House/Kegel CLC (W. Mineral St.) • New Beginnings Are Possible (N. 42nd St.l) • Milwaukee Academy of Science (W. Kilbourn) At these locations, we served: 171 children making up: 100-African American 35-Caucasian 19-Hispanic 3-Asian 13-Multi-Racial 1-Hmong These children/families come from 23 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas

Target demographics: Children experience the world of art in a whole new way FREE of charge.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700 students

Geographic areas served: Milwaukee and surrounding areas

Programs: beginning ballet, ballet level 1-8, martial arts, drama, music (vocal), modern dance, cheerleading, etc.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had been apart of the above the clouds family for 5 1/2 years. She is very articulate and very outgoing. Above the clouds played a important part in building my daughters character. They have allowed her to soar in whatever she believes she can do. I appreciate Above the clouds and what they instill in our children while building a relationship with God.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Above the clouds is a true God send. My daughter has been with above the clouds since the age of 5 years old and she is 8 years old now. Above the clouds has instilled confidence in my child. She is so eager to attend every week. Last year, the students performed for the residents at a nursing home and they gave out stuffed animals. She was so happy to be able to make them feel special. She understands what it means spiritually to give everything to God in praise with whatever talents you have. She has made friendships and she respects and adores the staff. I am a proud parent of ABOVE THE CLOUDS.

Lindsey A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to Above the Clouds for providing a Christ-centered, affordable ballet program for my 5 year old daughter Naomi. Her instructor, Kim Brunner, was my ballet instructor when I was in 4th grade, so it is extra special to see Naomi now learning to dance for Jesus from her too! Below is a picture of Naomi (middle) with two of her classmates.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year old daughter loves Above the Clouds and so do I. As a single parent, I could not afford dance classes for her. Above the Clouds makes her dream of learning dance a reality. She loves her instructor and takes pride practicing at home. And of course, she loves to slide into her tutus. She also took the Drama class this summer and loved it. It helped her perform a monologue for competition a month later. We have also been able to attend performances that I would not have been able to on my own. My family had the privilege of seeing The Nutcracker. This organization provides a learning experience many can not afford and provides a positive outlet to keep our kids safe and productive.

Jennifer Ingram

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible ministry. Young lives, sometimes at risk, transformed by God's love and the gift of dance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Above the Clouds is an amazing organization with an inspirational and powerful mission to expose children ages 5-17 to the arts/movements free of charge.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of teaching ballet- Levels 4 and 5 at Above the Clouds. I am continually blessed by my role at Above the Clouds. It is a honor to minister and encourage the young ladies I teach. After years of dancing, I am excited to teach and share my dance knowledge with my students. Above the Clouds is an amazing organization focused on teaching, encouraging and fostering the love of God-honoring arts activities. Whether through dance, drama, martial arts, spoken word or many of the other activities Above the Clouds provides. Above the Clouds is steadfast in honoring and glorifying the Lord. I am blessed by all of the other instructors, board members and founders of Above the Clouds. What an amazing organization to be involved in!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of this incredible local organization. It is my absolute honor to support free arts education programs provided to youth who likely would not have the opportunity otherwise. Above the Clouds provides a much needed service and focuses on areas of our community where the need is the greatest.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My three daughters have participated in the ballet classes at ATC. The quality of the instruction and the caliber of the teachers is outstanding. I have recommended Above the Clouds to many others and will continue to do so. It's a wonderful organization and great way for all kids have access to quality arts programs.

Tammi3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this community arts program! I have enrolled my daughter, granddaughter and nephews for the last four years. They have been exposed to not only learning new skills but they have the opportunity to put on a grand showcase every spring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter begin her journey with Above the class when she was 5 years old. She is in level 3 of ballet. I appreciate how the staff encourages the children to be confident. The teachers are very patient and loving. My daughter enjoys coming to ballet and cheer-leading classes. This is an awesome company where children can learn an appreciation of the arts and how to praise God through movement, song and drama. I am so happy someone shared this gift with my family. The owner Mrs. Linda Wade makes you feel like family and that our children matter. Thank You Above the Clouds.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has been taking ballet with Above the Clouds for about 5 years (give or take). What I appreciate about ATC is its consistent commitment to providing programs for children that are God focused. The teachers and staff truly love the kids they serve. I would highly recommend ATC to anyone.

2 Brian83

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has taken ballet from ATC for several years. We have been so impressed by the level of commitment the staff has to the children, to the community and to God. Our daughter has learned more about her own abilities through the challenging classes and mentorship of the teachers.
Above the Clouds is a truly special place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to be a part of Above The Clouds. I have been with ATC since the beginning and it is amazing to see how it has blossomed. To see how we have grown from one site with a few classes to sometimes nine sites with multiple classes, from a handful of children to hundreds.....WOW! To have the privilege of seeing young people grow in confidence as they participate in our classes is just awesome. Then when the children showcase what they have learned at our annual spring recital it is wonderful to witness the growth, as individuals as well as the program itself. I am thankful to God for giving the vision of ATC to Linda. I am thankful for all of our wonderful instructors that have come alongside to help bring the vision to fruition. I am thankful to our board who helps to keep us on track and giving direction for future development and growth. Last, but definitely not least.....I am thankful for the children that participate in our program........YOU are why ATC exists.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5



Above the Clouds has been a wonderful organization for my children. While taking dance, AtC has helped my three daughters not only grow in the physical and artistic discipline of dance, but also in the emotional and spiritual aspects of life as young ladies. The staff has been diverse and generous, modeling an openness and acceptance of people from diverse backgrounds. AtC also has many opportunities for boys, as well. I couldn’t recommend an arts based organization more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago I had the honor of meeting Linda Wade and attended several of the Above The Clouds concerts. Linda's vision and mission caught my heart. To this day I follow their Face Book page. I moved to Texas for a few years and now that I'm back in Wisconsin I look forward to attending their concerts and getting involved. ~Beki

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

I am one of the ballet instructors, and I am honored to be apart of such a generous and inspiring Arts Education Program. The Arts are a vital and creative outlet for our youth and I have seen many not just grow in physical grace, but in self-confidence. Parents have shared how the discipline gained from this program has spilled over to all aspects of their lives. Above the Clouds FREE classes are a wonderful gift to the children and parents in the Milwaukee Area. I am proud to be involved in this program!

1 Rosalita V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach interpretive and jazz dancing classes for children and Salsa Aerobics classes for adults through Above the Clouds. From the beginning it has been both a blessing and challenge to get the children engaged and the parents committed to getting their kids to class. The transformation that happens while we all learned to trust each-other and grow in this new skill is often times amazing. Some of the children who at first were unsure, hesitant and sometimes un-cooperative had developed more confidence in themselves which led to them being more respectful of me and encouraging of their dance classmates. As the weeks went by, many times I got the sense that most of us were looking forward coming to class and experienced the joy of sharing this short time together away from the outside distractions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the experience of enrolling 4 daughters through Above the Clouds dance classes and it has proven to be an good seed in their lives. One of my daughters will be attending college to become a dance instructor!!!!!

1 Penny31

Client Served

Rating: 5

Above the Clouds is a great organization! Both my daughter and I have attended their free classes! Their Spring Recital is nothing short of amaging! They work with some of the city's most at risk youth by introducing them to the arts. To see the transformation made in these youth is someshing that can not be put into words. With so much negative media about our youth, it is refreshing to see what is being done at Above the Clouds.

Shawna8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter been with Above the Clouds for a year and we absolutely love them! They work so hard with the children and instill a love of the arts in them. I love to see my daughter doing ballet moves through the house and she loves showing off what she learned. I tell everyone I know about them!

Paula88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughters started with above the clouds in 2007. They really love the ballet teachers and the staff of above the clouds. It is a safe environment for them to learn what thy love to do. It has also boosted their level of confidence. I would recommend above the clouds to everyone, Because not only is it free it is fun and also a learning experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome Ministry for young people! Linda Wade and her team do a phenomenal job of engaging children in performing arts! If you are looking for a great program for your child, look no further! Above the Clouds IS above the rest!