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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: ArtReach takes professional artists into elementary schools throughout San Diego County to provide standards-based, visual art workshops. ArtReach specifically focuses on providing low or no cost programs to schools that otherwise would have no art resources.

Results: By July 2014, ArtReach worked with almost 10,000 students via our Free Workshop Program and almost 9000 students via our Fee-Based Program. We continue to focus on fundraising to support our Free Workshop Program and we have been awarded grants by Qualcomm, the Ramona Community Foundation, Target Foundation and more. We area also very privileged to have the support of dozens of visual artists and many local galleries. While we work to increase capacity, we continue to maintain high standards for our sequential, standards-based curriculum and we work with teachers and participate in professional development with San Diego County Office of Education Visual Performing Arts Department to insure that our workshops are relevant and engaging.

Target demographics: ArtReach works with students in grades K-6 throughout San Diego County. Free programs target Title I schools that have no existing art resources and no funds to provide them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 students learn art skills and create art

Geographic areas served: All of San Diego County

Programs: Free Workshop Program-- ArtReach provides free, multi-session art workshops to K- 6 throughout San Diego County. This program is supported by grant writing, and multiple fund raising events. Fee-Based Workshops -- ArtReach also works in schools with the ability to pay for programs. All schools receive sequential, standards-based lessons with a focus on creating original art. Festivals -- ArtReach offers free art activities at festivals for kids and adults.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for ArtReach at several different schools as an assistant teacher. I have worked on a variety of other volunteer programs and I have even run volunteer programs but ArtReach is by far my favorite non-profit. It is so fun to see the children when they are introduced to the projects, to see their creativity being encouraged, and then to see the results.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mrs. Sarah from Art Reach is a caring and organized teacher who is passionate about her art. Her enthusiasm for art sake has spilled over and overflowed into my students. They are truly engaged and engrossed in their work. Nobody ever needs to use the restroom during art class...Nope, not even a mouse.

The tools are simple: crayons, chalks, paint, paper; however, the techniques are challenging. Students created translucent bubbles that seemed to float off the paper. We created sunsets and learned about proportions by drawing horizontal lines in threes. We created black and white stripes of animals like tigers as we learned about light and dark colors. The parents especially loved their children acrylic canvas which we displayed in Open House. The students' artwork are forever priceless in their parents eyes.

Thank you for allowing funding Art Reach and allowing Art Reach to come to Foster Elementary. Students and teachers alike have learned so much. Thank you for making this possible. We hope to see Ms. Sarah back next year. Again, thank you for enriching the lives of our students with color and joy.

I wrote an email earlier on this site and added 4 photos. Somehow it did not go through. I will try again. I have sent some pictures to Mrs. Sarah as well. We appreciate your support of Foster Elementary. We hope to see ArtReach come again next year.

Ever Grateful,
Mrs. Linda Lee
Foster Elementary School (SDUSD)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a teacher in the Cajon Valley Union School District for 20 years. During my teaching career, I have witnessed the harsh reality of the decline in funding for programs such as art. Art in schools has had little, if any, funding. Madison Avenue Elementary School, where I currently teach, is a Title 1 school and the majority of our students have very little experience with art. For the last two years we have had the incredible great fortune to have Sarah Holbach, from ArtReach, come to our school to teach art lessons to the entire first grade population.

ArtReach’s program has provided an invaluable experience for our first graders. The ArtReach program provides a consistent instructional art program with weekly lessons over a ten-week period. Although art is taught in school, it is not with this regularity or rigor. The regularity of instruction is what promotes student growth in artistic ability and confidence. Additionally, the ArtReach teachers use materials that are not readily supplied at elementary schools, thereby allowing students to learn new techniques and medium.

ArtReach teachers teach art from the artist’s perspective. Teachers are well-meaning and we do our best to teach art, but the vast majority of us do not have degrees or work experience in the arts. The ArtReach teachers meet students as artists, not as struggling students, behavior problems, or underachievers. This fresh perspective gives students a new opportunity to meet someone’s high expectations; it also gives students a new opportunity for success.

Madison’s first graders beam with pride when they show their friends and family’s the art that they created. It is for these reasons that I strongly support ArtReach and I hope that many more students at Madison will have the opportunity to learn to love art with the teachers of ArtReach. Madison loves ArtReach!

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2 DoveSoup

Donor

Rating: 5

ArtReach bridges the gap between what local schools can provide and what our students need. Art is invaluable part of the learning process, and students given the opportunity to experience Art, develop a greater ability to solve problems and formulate new ideas. Everyone at ArtReach is devoted to fuller and happier education for children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Artreach has been providing much needed fine arts instruction and fun projects to our students for the past few years. The students love the projects and always learn new appreciation for various art techniques and styles. They provide wonderful lesson plans for the teachers to see in advance. The students are engaged and on-task. We enjoy this program so much that when we received a grant for arts education we bought more Artreach sessions for our students!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sadhana Bhatt. I am a First Grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in North Park, San Diego. Having ArtReach at our school is a personal experience for me. My young students--who are popping with imagination--are thoroughly engaged and expertly guided to create works of art at each session! It is important for me to know that the teachers are practicing artists themselves. Their creativity and expertise shows and is infectious!
ArtReach makes the "A" in our STEAM Magnet Program. In my mind, they are a truly Great Nonprofits organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lynn Minor and I am a teacher at Jefferson Elementary in North Park. Our school is 100% free and reduced lunch, Title One, and the majority of our students are second language learners. Last year, we were fortunate to have ArtReach teach four workshop classes to each of the third , fourth, and fifth graders. They loved it! It wasn't easy for every one. Children were challenged to use their own ideas and trust their choices ( Not an easy task when there is no right or wrong answer. . However, the artist /teacher Ms. Catherine guided them with such clarity , compassion and understanding that each and everyone of them competed all of the projects. Their creations were showcased at our school's Centennial Celebration last year and they truly stole the show!

As a teacher who believes that all children can learn, ArtReach, opens up a wide variety of avenues for students to be successful at school. This is one of the best Non- Profits I have ever known.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ArtReach came and did art lessons for my sons' third grade class several times last year. Not only did my some have a great time, but he created amazing works of art and learned a lot! Big thanks to Ms. Catherine and everyone involved in bringing this opportunity to my son and his schoolmates :)

2 Lori58

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board of ArtReach and am so proud of the work that we do taking art lessons to kids who need them most. Recently we began providing art workshops at Monarch school for the homeless, and the impact has been tremendous. I firmly believe that we have to get better at teaching innovation and creativity, and ArtReach does just that.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ArtReach takes art to elementary students throughout San Diego County and provides free art lessons to those who have the greatest need. This organization does amazing things. Lessons are taught by professional artists, delivering first-class art. They make the most of every donation and spend very little on overhead. I feel good giving time and money to this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Plain and simple: I love ArtReach!

As someone who uses art and design everyday, I know how important it is to keep as much art as possible in the curriculum at local elementary schools. ArtReach has taken that idea and made it an absolute priority.

The entire team at ArtReach is passionate and smart. I've had the pleasure of seeing them working firsthand with students-- all of the kids light up upon their arrival. It's pretty amazing the energy that can be injected into a classroom with a little bit of art.

I own a San Diego-based sunglasses company called Knockaround. Last year we partnered with ArtReach for our new charitable program called Class Acts. The program is cool-- we go into local elementary schools and let 4th and 5th graders design sunglasses. We choose one winning design, and actually have the sunglasses produced. We sell the winning design, and all of the profits go back to ArtReach and the local elementary schools.

ArtReach has been instrumental in helping us set up the program and navigate all of the politics of the local schools. It takes some real saavy to be able to organize and pull off a new program like Class Acts... ArtReach has made it look easy.

Is ArtReach a great non-profit? YES! Yes. Yes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Despite cuts to school programs, San Diego's kids can have art in school because ArtReach is here. Skilled artist-teachers make it happen right in the classroom with curriculum-based, eye- and mind-opening projects, and all the supplies needed. Supporting ArtReach can help switch on a lot of lights in a lot of kids' heads--kids that would otherwise have no exposure to art and to tapping their own creativity. Making art does more than enrich: it directly affects increased learning and creative thinking. That's what education is about. What a remarkable group this is.

2 Liz_52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ArtReach is a 'dream come true' for many in the San Diego Area! A nonprofit that gets the job done, ArtReach touches many lives! The quality of instruction and creativity is top notch. Students, teachers,volunteers and staff members all rave about being associated with such a quality group.

2 Rob_36

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a third and fourth grade teacher I had the opportunity to work with ArtReach over the course of 3 years. My students were engaged during the art lessons and I was able to apply what I learned to my classroom art lessons. Before each visit by ArtReach, I was given a lesson plan (including resources) that outlined what my students would experience.

The ArtReach instructors demonstrated a genuine love and excitement for the visual arts. They asked for my feedback on how to improve what they were doing with my students. I highly recommended ArtReach for all grade levels!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My second grade students really looked forward to the different art lessons provided by the very skillful and extremely patient art instructors . Students were able to use their creative skills to produce wonderful art pieces that give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. The students were excited to shared their art portfolios with parents during Open House. The art lessons were beneficial for all. Even my "high flyer" was willing to focus and follow directions. I, too, was inspired to learn some how-to art strategies to use later in my classroom. I am looking forward to another year of ArtReach at Lee Elementary for the next group of 2nd graders to enjoy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Reach is a fabulous organization that provided standards-based and real-world content based arts lessons to our 5th grade classes. The lessons were high-interest, challenging and full of fun! Our students learned an incredible amount about art, Science, math and Language Arts during the lessons provided by Art Reach. I would highly recommend these classes to all school aged-children! What a super experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Artreach is amazing! They bring in hands on art lessons taught by actual artists. Our students faces light up when they find out they are going to an Artreach lesson. The work they produce is very creative and it helps students become more reflective and joyful. I am so thankful to this wonderful group for bring art to our students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The hard work and passion of this organization has benefited many children in our community. Art is a language we can all understand. ArtReach helps inspire creativity and facilitate knowledge of all forms of art. It is unfortunate that our school budgets have been stripped from providing generations of school children the opportunity to learn and study art. ArtReach's efforts to bridge the gap is admirable and necessary. I am proud to volunteer my time helping this organization achieve all of it's goals. My hope is that ArtReach's support grows by leaps in bounds in the coming months and years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! The schools served are so thankful! Some of the kids have never had an art lesson before ArtReach came in with supplies and an art teacher. This is an aspect of education that is necessary not optional. I have helped raise money for ArtReach and I can tell you, their hearts are in the right place and the money is well spent.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done some volunteer work for ArtReach and I know that it is a wonderful thing for the schools and students it helps. Unfortunately schools had to drop their art programs because of budget issues and ArtReach fills that gap.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sincere heart and hard work of ArtReach is truly evident through all of the organization's incredible programs. There is no doubt they are inspiring hope and creating transformational learning opportunities. Sadly, arts in the lives of children has become incredibly undervalued within educational programs. Through providing and encouraging creativity within school environments, ArtReach has become a wonderful saving grace.