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Artreach, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Arts Services

Mission: Art-Reach is committed to increasing access to the arts for traditionally underserved audiences. Art-Reach''s primary activities to overcome financial and physical barriers and make the arts more accessible to those it serves are:· The Ticketing Program, which distributes donated and discounted tickets to performing arts events, museums, and other cultural institutions.· The In-Facility Program, which brings the arts directly to our constituents through on-site performances and arts activities at participating agencies and schools.· The Workshop Program, which provides in-depth, participatory arts programs that address specific social needs on an as-needed basis.· The Access Guide, the region''s premier resource for structural and programmatic accessibility information about arts and cultural venues and organizations, available in printed form and online at www.art-reach.org.

Results: Over the past 23 years, Art-Reach has distributed over 213,000 donated and discounted tickets to people who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience the arts. Working with over 150 cultural organizations enables those we serve to experience theater and visit museums, gardens and historical sites across the region. In addition, Art-Reach has a roster of over 50 artists who reflect all types of performing and visual arts specialties and a diverse range of cultural and ethnic traditions, who travel to human services agencies for on-site performances. Since 2000, Art-Reach has coordinated over 2,300 on-site performances, with an average of 16 events per month.

Target demographics: Art-Reach provides arts and cultural experiences to traditionally underserved audiences of all ages - individuals with economic disadvantages and/or disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17,000

Geographic areas served: Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware

Programs: Each program is sensitive to the individual and group needs of member agencies by making certain of accessibility issues and appropriateness of the performance/event for particular audiences. People of all ages, economic backgrounds, races and physical capabilities are able to enjoy arts and cultural events, when they otherwise might not be able to partake in the richness of the arts. In keeping with its central mission to overcome financial obstacles in order to make the arts more accessible, Art-Reach works to keep costs low. Our programs remain accessible to people with low incomes. Ticketing and Museum Programs:Art-Reach obtains donated or significantly discounted performing arts and museum tickets for distribution to participating agencies and schools serving special-needs audiences. Art-Reach matches audience members with appropriate performances, which maximizes the experience for participants and maintains good relationships with our arts partners. Over the past 19 years, Art-Reach has obtained over 187,000 donated and discounted tickets from over 125 arts organizations and distributed them to human service agencies serving traditionally underserved audiences. The Ticketing Program averages over 30 events per month, including performances for children and adults and ranging from theater to dance to museum visits. We receive approximately 10,000 tickets annually through the Ticketing Program, which gives people of all ages, economic backgrounds, races and physical capabilities access to arts and cultural events that they otherwise would not get to experience; that explore current, socially relevant issues; and that reflect the best of this region's rich cultural community. In-Facility Program:The In-Facility Program offers member agencies and schools the unique experience of having arts events carefully tailored to their needs and brought directly to their agency. This offers special-needs audience members the opportunity to interact much more directly with artists and with the artistic medium itself. Since the program's inception in 1992, Art-Reach has coordinated over 1500 In-Facility performances to date, with an average of 21 performances per month. Art-Reach has a roster of diverse performers that includes musicians, dancers, storyteller and visual artists who are experienced and dedicated to working with special needs audiences. We periodically make additions to the Roster of Performers in order to provide our participants with diverse arts opportunities. Workshop Program:Our Workshop Program brings performing and visual artists into facilities serving disabled and disadvantaged audiences on an ongoing basis. Access Guide:Available in printed form and online at www.art-reach.org, the Access Guide is the region's premier resource for structural and programmatic accessibility information about arts and cultural venues and organizations. Art-Reach has completed the first expansion of the online Access Guide to include more cultural venues from southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. There are now approximately 140 arts venues and organizations listed in the online Access Guide. Each new venue received a site review of its facility from a professional ADA consultant and a listing on the online Guide that details its structural and programmatic accessibility. We plan to continue to update and expand the online Guide, updating 40 current listings and adding 10 new ones this year.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Artreach does an amazing job exposing underserved populations to cultural experiences in the region.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Growing up, I did not have alot of expendable income so the idea of attending the arts seemed so impossible to me; luckily as a working HR professional I have overcome that challenge of affording a ticket to enjoy the thrill and beauty of creative expression...however, I wanted to try and help those less fortunate in a similar challenge I had once faced so when I found Art-Reach as a volunteer in 2003 I discovered an amazing organizaiton and solution partner for accessibility challenges faced by diverse audiences in the Delaware Valley. Since starting as an event fundraiser and organizer, I have joined the Board of Directors and proudly participated as well as steered decisions that have positively impacted tens of thousands of individuals as well as enriched my own arts-passionate soul. The staff of Art-Reach, especially the Executive Director Michael Norris, are great examples of commitment and effectiveness with their roles in the organization that today is financially and operationally strong and growing. I encourage anyone interested in ensuring that status remains true to check out www.art-reach.org and explore how you, or someone you know, would be of service or benefit from connecting with this impressive group.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Excellent executive director who understands the importance of and need for quantifiable and qualatative outcomes as it relates to the organization. Small, yet highly competant and innovative staff. Despite the limited size of its staff, Art Reach manages to have a strong impact on the arts community in SE PA, specifically those with physical and mental disabilities and the economically disadvanted. I've been very impressed by the ED's ability to develop partnerships with those inside and outside of the arts community. Many who know Philadelphia are aware that is a provincial, patronage town which impedes its progress. Art Reach and its ED is exactly the type of leader that eludes this city and its many nonprofits.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This group makes giving back to the community both fun and rewarding; the people that run the organization represent all that is the best non-profit leadership may offer today. When I first volunteered, I was seeking as a busy professional something organized, manageable, and worthwhile to contribute a small bit of spare time and big interest in helping others. How lucky I was to find Art-Reach on the first try...6 years later I have led numerous, impactful fundraising and awareness activites that offered me opportunity to stretch and develop leadership muscles (both my own and others). I highly recommend this group for anyone in corporate America that seeks a viable and vital way to give back to disadvantaged and disabled groups that are in risk of not being touched by the wonderful, inspirational and soothing hand of the arts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

St. Mary Interparochial Home and School Association has partnered with Art-Reach for over 6 years. Art-Reach has enabled many students and their families to experience art and culture in a time of economic crisis, in a time when we all need to have art, theater and dance in our lives! We have taken advantage of both the ticketing and the in-house artist residency programs. The Art-Reach staff and volunteer force provide excellent service to our school and we value them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

We at Mars Hill CDC work with youth from north Philadelphia (9th Lehigh Avenue and 10th and Wallace areas), ages 5 thru 13. We are open to everyone and our group is predominantly African American. Art Reach has been a wonderful partner this year providing many opportunities for our youth to experience arts and culture that they would not have otherwise. The young people had a great time this holiday season attending performances in and around Philadelphia viewing the Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Oliver. Most recently we had a great time at the orchestral performance accompanying the Wizard of Oz. Thank you Art Reach for making the arts available to the youth of the Mars Hill CDC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is always helpful! The in-house performances have been outstanding. The ticketing program is a great way to link the arts to individuals and groups that benefit tremendously.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was matched with Art-Reach about two years ago through a volunteer matching website - looking for something arts-related in the Philadelphia area. All of my interaction with Art-Reach has exceeded my expectations. The staff are exemplary in their dedication to under-served people who need assistance getting connected to the arts. Art-Reach staff are compassionate, resourceful and creative; they are very appreciative of their volunteers. As a Volunteer Ambassador I have been priviledged to serve at many events. I have seen first-hand the impact that cultural experiences have on the attendees. I am humbled and honored to be able to serve. Art-Reach provides a vital, priceless service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization has been partners with Art-Reach for five years. Through them, the students in the after school program have visited museums and other ticketed events for a reduced price or for free. The students have also come in contact with In-Facility performances from Art-Reach's roster of talented performers. Art-Reach has allowed our students to experience the arts first hand.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art-Reach is one of the greatest agencies that I have partnered with to help our community. They have enriched countless lives by their role in providing exposure to those that othewise may never had had the opportunity to experience the arts. The programming and staff are excellent. Art-Reach deserves any support that you can provide to make sure that they are able to continue their great work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art-reach has been the best thing to my job. I have had the oppurnity to get everyone out in the community and see different things they never experienced before. The best thing is the expression on there faces and how wonderful it makes them feel. I have taken people to concerts and shows who have never been to one before. I'm very grateful for being connected to Art-Reach to help me better serve the people I serve. Art-Reach Customer Service is the BEST. This Is A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We have been a member organization of Art Reach and the children and families we serve have benefitted from their efforts for several years. Through Art Reach's efforts, we have be able to enhance our own mission by bringing arts-based interventions to vulnerable populations that otherwise might not have opportunities to participate in the formal arts and culture of our city. Their services have enriched our curriculum efforts to bring hope and healing to children through the arts. Our partnership with Art Reach has also increased our ability to recognize and reward the people who work in stressful situations on the front lines of working with homeless and abused children and families. We thank Art Reach for the effective way they "Reach" organizations and individuals through "Art".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I occasionally blog for Art-Reach, and I seriously have nothing but praise for what this organization does in our great city - bringing the arts to people who have been traditionally marginalized in our community, because of disability, race, economic status, etc. I wish I was independently wealthy so I could help fund Art-Reach, and not just humbly volunteer once in a while.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been using Art-Reach for about a year and our residents have greatly enjoyed the many opportunities it has provided. Through Art-Reach we have been exposed to so many new experiences and performances in Philadelphia an our local Chester County. Because of the convenience, ease, and low cost of the museums and performances our residents have been able to experience so many more opportunities than they did before we belonged to Art-Reach! The Art-Reach staff is so outstanding and helpful. They are what makes the Art-Reach experience exceed all my expectations!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Art-Reach about a year ago and wish that I had found it earlier. As a Special Projects ambassador and writer for "Share the Experience" (the Art-Reach blog), I have had the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals for ASL interpreted performances and to speak with pioneering ballet company creative directors. I leave every interview feeling enriched and grateful to be a part of this organization. Not to mention, the people running it are some of the most warm and genuine I've met.