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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After having participated in many activities and as a former music educator, I can attest to the quality of this organization and their many activities. There is no other volunteer group in Tucson that has done as much as Arts Express to promote the Arts to the young people of this community. The public performances are of professional quality and the Summer Institute for young people is something that should be copied in other cities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts Express sponsors wonderful programs for children. I have been a part of Let Freedom Sing and Follow the Star over the past year. It was amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the choir for many years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have also sung for many other concerts, like Let Freedom Sing, Follow the Star, etc. Several years ago, I moved to the Phoenix area, and I miss choir so much! I do still participate in some of the concerts when I can, and thoroughly enjoy myself! Last weekend was Gospel concert. WOW!!!! I didn't sing in this concert, but got to sit and listen this year. It was the best ever!!!! I had so much fun listening to the music!! Every morning all week I have been waking up with one of the songs in my head!! I know many people benefited from hearing this concert too!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Arts Expresses blesses the lives of all who participate and attend their events. I have attended Arts Express events for 10 years and am impressed each and every time by the professioanlism, creativity, innovation, dedication and passion of all those involved. This cherished program is a highlight in our community and I hope it receives the funding needed to continue for generations to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have sung in two "Follow The Star" performances along with singing in the Catalina Foothills Church choir for the past three years.
I can honestly say that it is such an unlifting and inspirational experience to work under the direction of Dr. Joan Ashcraft. She is an amazing leader and the community is so blessed to have the opportunity to attend and enjoy such amazing musical performances.I

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Arts Express Let Freedom Sing for several years as a participant in the choir. I am honored to be a part of this community outreach. It gives me such joy to see so many happy faces waving flags and appreciating the patriotic music. Children are always involved as they carry the flags. What a valuable heritage we are passing on to the younger generation. We are a part of the most wonderful country on earth and this is truly a time to honor our heroes, both in the military and in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The concert was a true blessing and a wonderful spiritual uplift. We have attended the concerts that have been presented for the last 10 years, and each one gets better and better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arts Express is changing lives and the community through the power of the arts. Music is healing to the soul and enriches all of our lives. Our children can only benefit from this fine organization.

My husband and I have had the opportunity to play and sing in the concerts of Arts Express and CFC under the direction of Dr. Joan Ashcraft. Our participation has been rewarding in the sharing of the joy and spiritual uplifting that only music can provide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We feel very blessed to have attended almost every concert that has
been presented by Joan Ashcraft in participation with Catalina Foothills Church during the past ten or so years. . Dr. Joan Ashcraft is our Music Director and is so gifted in her selections of music, musicians and vocalists. the last concert, "LIFT
ME UP" was no exception. The music was wonderful and always,
without fail, lifts the heart of every hearer. They represent our church
and community in such a marvelous way. We are SO very blessed to
have such a wonderful director and musicians who God has
gifted with such great talent. A wonderful perfomance which has left us with music still ringing in our hearts and a desire and eagerness for the next concert.
We submit this review with grateful hearts filled with thanks.
Dan and Nancy Lupo,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sung in Choirs under Joan Ashcraft for 5 years. Her conducting brings out the best in vocal & instrumental performers, and pleases audiences of all ages and experience!
Arts Express also greatly benefits the younger, upcoming musicians in many of Tucson's schools under the OMA Program (Opening Minds Through the Arts). As we have heard in the media, many school's budgets will not be able to include training in Fine Arts/Music, and Arts Express will be able to provide such at little cost to Student or School.
Their programs are win/wins for individual & the Public alike!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Arts Express for at least ten years. I remember singing at the Tucson Community Center in a program of patriotic songs right after 9:11/01.
It was a beautiful, moving experience.

Tucson, Arizona schools won awards in the 1950s with some of the most innovative and creative programs to teach arts in the schools in competition with the best across the nation. In the late 1960s, however, the courts decreed that money which had heretofore been devoted to arts programs should be diverted for other purposes because the courts ruled that Tucson schools were segregated, and that flaw had to be corrected. Tucson Schools continue under the desegregation rules to this day, and no program for the arts received extensive funding from the schools or the state. Arts Express and Opening Minds through the Arts are two programs which have been developed to fill this void.

Arts Express is producing students whose education is more well-rounded, whose overall grade point averages are better and who are more eager to learn. Arts Express also has programs for adults which people of all ages attend enthusiastically. I feel fortunate and grateful when I sing in the programs of Arts Express, because a person is never too old to enjoy music.

Arts Express also encourages the other arts - dance, drawing, drama - and for thousands of Tucson children who might very well not have the opportunity otherwise to be involved in the arts, Arts Express is a blessing.

I endorse Arts Express enthusiastically.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family attended the Christmas productions of Arts Express in past years. 'Follow The Star' was more than a performance by incredibly talented artists. It touched our hearts with the beautiful story of God's gift to the world of His Son.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter attended FAYA for three years. It was an incredible experience. Not only did she gain self-confidence, she learned new wasy to express herself. Arts Express has very qualified teachers and provides a supportive learning environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most important facets of growing up and on into adulthood is the joy and satisfaction of participating in music. It adds an extra dimension to life which can always be enjoyed.
Arts Express provides opportunities to both young and old to do this by participating in Follow the Star, Centennial Holiday and Let Freedom Sing.
I have participated in these various programs for the past 12 years and am impressed with the quality of direction,the musicians, the artists behind the scenes, the costuming, excellent soloists, chorus and the enthusiastic "can do" volunteers.

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Alfredo S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have attended Follow the Star program by Art Express, and we were impressed with the quality of performance and production (costume, set design, etc). We applaud Art Express for providing a great opportunity for bringing together a variety of people in Tucson to gain first-hand experience in the performing arts and, in the process, creating a sense of community.


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Arts Express Let Freedom Sing concert last July and was blown away by the talent. I had no idea that there were such exceptional performers in Tucson. The production was amazing. The volunteers were pleasant and helpful and the experience was incredible. I look forward to this years Let Freedom Sing concert and plan on bringing a large group of friends this time!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Arts Express for the past two months and I am so excited to be apart of a fantastic organization, with a great cause. Everyday, I want to give more time to Arts Express because I can sense they are doing something special that will have a huge impact in the community and the children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Express has provided remarkable opportunities for children and adults to experience the arts through after school and summer performing and visual arts classes, public performances and visual art exhibitions for over ten years. The selection of teachers and conductors for each event has been of the highest standard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Express is the quintessential non-profit organization. Since its foundation, I have been blessed to receive the benefits of its mission not only in Tucson, but accross the world. Shortly after July 4th, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, I received a DVD of Let Freedom Sing recognizing my unit and all the service members serving abroad.
From experience as a youth volunteer/participant in Let Freedom Sing, Follow the Star, and the Fine Arts Youth Academy, no organization does it better than Arts Express. Children and adults from all economical and sociological backgrounds combine their talents to live up to the AE mission - changing lives and the community through the power of the arts.
I look forward to watching future generations benefit from such a professional and wonderful organization the same way I did.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Gospel concert on Sunday, Feb 20, 2011, and was very impressed with the quality of the performance, the professionalism of the group, and the enthusiasm of performers and audience alike! The soloists, in particular, were superbly prepared, poised, and connected with the audience and the choir. The enthusiasm of the conductor was contagious and led to thunderous audience participation - she had us dancing in the aisles! A seasoned chorister myself, I was prepared to be critical of the tone quality and pitch of the choir, but I was more than satisfied with what I heard: floating sopranos, solid altos, and tuneful men - no problem with pitch or tonality.

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