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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 session which runs from Sept. 15 thru Dec. 12, 2014, we serviced: 173 children making up: These children/families come from 24 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas. During our winter/spring session which runs from January 26 – May 29, 2015, we serviced: 247 children making up: These children/families come from 26 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas. In our summer 2015 session which runs from June - August, we serviced: 128 children making up: These children/families come from 22 zip codes throughout the Milwaukee and surrounding areas. In our fall 2015 session which runs Sept – December 2015, we serviced: 154 children making up: These children/families come from 17 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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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