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Academy of Special Dreams Foundation

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Academy of Special Dreams believes that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the Arts. The Special Academy's mission is to increase public awareness, recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions.

Target demographics: The Academy of Special Dreams believes that all persons, regardless of their disabilities, should have equal opportunities to express their talents and to be successful in the Arts. The Special Academy's mission is to increase public awareness, recognition and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special Dreams doesn't cease to amaze me. My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to view the Seventh Annual Disability Art Exhibit held in downtown Los Angeles with which the Academy was actively involved. The exhibit highlighted the talents and abilities of artists that are so deserving of accolades and support, whether financial or otherwise. We feel truly honored and privileged to continue as donors. We hope that others will be as touched by the Academy as we are and will find a way to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I were introduced to the Academy through my friend and neighbor Michael. I had no idea such a wonderful organization existed. Although our schedules don't allow us to contribute personal time, we feel honored to be able to donate funds to help a most worthy cause.

1 Todd19

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation primary mission is to promote the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all societies. Art is one of the few commons shared throughout all societies, cultures, and locations. We promote all forms of artistic expressions of individuals with any type of disability from all over the world. This is done locally by holding gallery exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of other events, and globally on the internet by virtually showcasing artists works through images, writings, and videos. Another way we support artists is by with stipends for materials and supplies, and scholarships to continue their education.

These are just some of the reasons The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a unique and important nonprofit organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was one of the early artists to receive support from The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation, and now I'm one of it's board members.

I first found out about The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation through the internet. Though this doesn't sound important, it truly is significant. Being an online organization has many benefits, we're not physically or financially tied to any one location, we're able to work with artists and supporters around the globe. Most importantly, disabled artists who might not be able travel or even leave their homes can get involved with us, and gain support and exposure for their artistic talents because we are an online nonprofit organization.

These are just some of the reasons The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a unique and important nonprofit organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank you all for your wonderful support and most of all for believe in our vision to Bring Public Awareness and recognition to the creative talents of people with disabilities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special Dreams is an organization that brings together a combination of talented artists, and for those who have an interest in the Arts wanting to build a foundation of fundamentals and encouraging self-expression. Everyone in the Academy strive to achieve development in areas from production to community.

The artistic skills along with interpersonal skills that I have observed in the past few years is very exciting and moving to see!

Daisybean66

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee with the City of Los Angeles we once again partnered with Academy of Special Dreams. Every year we work with them I am even more impressed with their dedication to developing artists. From teaching art to assisting in editing media material, whenever we needed help Academy was the first partner to offer assistance.

When the students participating in the Academy's programs arrived to the Artist's reception it filled my heart with joy to see so many excited, smiling faces. The student's enthusiasm and happiness was moving to all who witnessed it. There presence at the reception would not have been possible if it wasn't for the Academy coordinated transportation to our event. The Academy of Special Drams makes the dreams of people with talents who also happen to have a disability come true.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special Dreams showcases the abilities and talents of persons living with disabilities in LA County. I have met some of the artists and they all have different stories that they express through their art. I had the pleasure of hanging out with on of the Academy's Artist Kenneth James last month. He was very passionate about his work. His media of rip art helped him express his life experiences in the service of his country and the daily grind of living in LA. His art is moving and thought provoking and I would have never seen it if it wasn't for the Academy of Special Dreams.

Brian107

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The academy of special dreams is a great organization that has been and continue to help talented artists who are limited by their disabilities to accomplish their dreams. God bless this great organization to continue to help more and more artists to show the world who they are :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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1 Maria107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special dreams is truly special. I recently volunteered to curate the Seventh Annual Art exhibit for the City of Los Angeles, not only did they respond with many artworks but they were a pleasure to work with through out the whole process. This nonprofit organization cares about the community they serve and endeavor to create a positive and meaningful experience. I applaud them for their efforts. If anyone wants to become active and help the disabled community they would do well to associate with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was fun at the exhibit. Tho parking trouble on last minute blocked the way. But it was a fantastic time to meet with new artist from around Alhambra and Los Angeles to be cerious and inspired by their motivations and courage towards arts.

dj pray

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I want to be an artist because I love to make short films, take photographs and most of all compose my own rap lyrics and music. Through music, film, and photography I have been able to express myself and my feelings. My faith and relationship with God is most important to me because He has given me strength and courage every day of my life. Many of the songs, films, and photographs are a testimony of my life and relationship with God.

I hope that through the lyrics of the songs I sing, the films I make, and photographs I take that people would be encouraged to never give up and always try their best. Also, to know that God is with us every day and He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

I want to combine film, photography, and my rap songs and be a living testimony to others and share with them how my life has been transformed since God came into my life.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Thank you Mr V for making me a an artist For November. So Happy For October 29th! Everybody Is invited. Neighbors, and Family. Mr V is a great Teacher. We Love him very much.The acedemy helps people with Disabilities.

Jasinto

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you all for your dedication, support and love to make things happen. It is and will be always my pleasure to make a difference and help to bring public awareness to artists in the special needs community. We all can help to make a better World of Inclusion in our society.

Michael Dergar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank You All for these wonderful reviews! We do what we can to Bring Public Awareness to Artists with Disabilities. As a Founder of the Academy of Special Dreams Foundation it is an honor to be reconiced for the work we do and to all volunteers and interns I can't thank you enough for all you do.
See you all soon,
Michael D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been academy special for 3 years and i make a video film in high school two time and i take drawing class and i like it i wont to say is thank u every one support academy special dream and thank u to mr v to michael dergar thank u

2 Basilioalonzo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Academy for more than 2 years. Thanks to the Academy of Special Dreams people give me appreciation of my art and skills. I feel more confident thanks to the leadership and mentoring I get from Mr. v Michael Dergar. My mentor!!! I believe that one day I can be successful! Thank you Academy for making me believe in myself.

Basilio A

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Academy of Special Dreams has created a pathway for special needs artists to channel both their talents and gifts in such a manner to have them seen, world wide. This organization provides tremendous support and direction for those who might not otherwise have the means or contacts to achieve optimal exposure. As such, hidden talents in the areas of music, art, and literature can now be shared with all. With this window open, the wonders of self-expression and personal accomplishment/abilities, can be realized.

1 Christian A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to see how the Academy of special dreams has helped the special needs community by providing them with a platform for showcasing their artwork. A special thank you to Mr. Michael Dergar for providing the artist with the opportunities he has brought forth. It is truly a pleasure to support such a great foundation. I wish the special academy the best of luck and many blessings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Currently I live in Chania, Crete, Greece. Through my travels all over 38 countries, I had the oportunity to be part of many exhibitions in the world, as well as become familiar with many special needs communities and organizations. Academy of Special Dreams Foundation has a true mission of making a difference. I love the website, the artwork, the devotion and the dedication of its founder Mr. Michael Dergar. I would like to invite people all over the world to support and join this organization. This is an amazing organization run by caring and energetic individuals. My sincere congratulations to all of you. Keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization run by caring and energetic individuals. They provide a forum in which my deaf students are allowed to display their artistic talents. My students have benefited greatly by having such positive recognition. In addition, younger students have been able to access deaf role models as well as to learn about various career paths they may follow by viewing the videos associated with this organization. I can't say enough good things about them!

1 Lucinda2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Academy of Special Dreams was a program that I witnessed making a difference on a day to day basis. Mr. Dergar helped facilitate a shared art experience between the Alhambra High Art Club, and students from the program to come together making art. I was the president of the art club at the time, and it was an awesome experience. The interactions were always successful and everyone bonded through making art together. It was fun, enriching, and I looked forward to it every week. This program really inspired a passion in me to use art in my life to connect with people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to Academy of Special Dream I got to put out my creative. People with disabilities can come here and put there art, which it is a great place to be. Mr. V and Ms.Doyle our very supportive, kind, and make Special Dream a better place.

1 Anna56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Autism Ambassador in the UK and Academy of Special Dreams Foundation provides exactly what it says in their name. This organisation is professional been very supportive to its artists and raises much needed awareness in the disability field. Keep up the good work. Anna Kennedy OBE