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Arts Partners Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: There is growing recognition that children who learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team have a greater chance of future success. In the 21st century, many argue that the new basic skill for global competitiveness and individual fulfillment will be creativity. Research has shown that using the arts for learning provides the best way to encourage higher level critical thinking by taking what students hear, see and/or read, and using music, dance, visual art, drama, film making or other arts disciplines to create new learning. Arts Partners' artists bring the "leveraged learning" process to reading, writing, math, science, social studies: all the core subject areas. This "leveraged learning" effect is even more profound in "at-risk" students. Because we believe that creative minds make communities better, Arts Partners is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students from early childhood through high school to learn in the arts and through the arts.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has provided wonderful art experiences to students and art training to teachers of schools I have been involved with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love what is offered to my Kinder/1st grade students. Dance, music, stories, etc. I wish we could have weekly visits from Arts Partners. I also love that they particitpated in Final Friday at Exploration Place. My 3 year old daughter loved it!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Arts Partners provides experiences for public school students that help them get a bigger perspective of the world than their own little corner of it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners in Wichita has gathered together an outstanding group of professional artists that make magic happen in area schools. Whether it is through an unforgettable story, an original or tailored song, a scientific project artfully created, an art project that becomes a permanent installation for a school, or a stage production that artists facilitate with student performers, the results are outstanding. Through this program, professional artists enhance the exemplary work that dedicated teachers are already doing in a way that would not likely happen without them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be on the founding board of Arts Partners and have truly loved the experience and challenge starting a new non-profit. Over the years, so many students have been able to learn a different way from "normal". I only wish Arts Partners had been around when I was in school. I truly needed the kind of learning that is offered through Arts Partners. Wichita is so lucky to have a chapter in our community and we're so, so lucky to have such fabulous leaders that make this organization so important.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has enabled our students to work with a variety of professional artists to produce high quality work. The students have also been able to attend many performances and exhibits throughout the city. Our staff has learned a great deal from the artists, as well, and as a result, are more comfortable integrating the arts into their lessons.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners brings in different profeesionals to schools to help teach students different subject areas that might not be available to them in their regular school cirriculum. They are afforadble with the help of Arts Partners and they hit a wide spectrum fof fine arts medium.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since becoming involved with Arts Partners Inc through the role of a Board Member, my eyes have been opened to the wonderful and life-changing ways they have touched the lives of children in our community. Many Non-Profits have excellent philosophies and purposes, but most fall short while trying to execute those. Arts Partners truly executes their mission with precision and develops programs that introduce students to the literary, visual, and performing arts; while reinforcing learning in other areas of the curriculum, such as reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Arts Parters ignites the full creative potential of those students by integrating the arts into early childhood and continuing through high-school. I am thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to participate and contribute to such a worthy organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has helped schools attend our Young People's Concerts for many years. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to be introduced to a symphony orchestra. I've enjoyed watching the children exit the concert with a great big smile and watch for their notes they send to us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have done several wonderful projects with arts partners. They give my students the opportunity to work with materials and topics they can't in school, and make large projects I don't have the resources for. Wonderful organization! I highly recommend.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts Partners works in the school districts in the Wichita area to provide valuable teachers who go into the school to introduce or encourage students to follow their passion for the Arts within the community. Arts Partners does important work with students! Ron Hobert USD 259 Teacher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for arts partners and it was a great experience. They have helped so many people and shared with the community the value of art. It is a great organization that touches many.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Arts Partners has long provided matching funds to our schools. My classes over the years have benefited from the organization many ways. As a low income school the children would not have been able to participate in such quality programs if we didn't have some support from the organization. Children have been exposed to many opportunities to be in touch with talented artists from Arts Partners. Some years ago my class was able to have an artist come to class to share their skill before they were accepted into the program. I would reccommed Arts Partners to any organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had great success with this nonprofit; Arts Partners in Wichita, KS. They really try to work with the audience they have at the moment- adapting for various ages and attention spans. Also they keep the kids involved through movement and involvement . GREAT!!

Al B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

One of the most overlooked facts in education is the fact people, children and adults, learn differently. Wichita's Arts Partners organization delivers experiences to Central Kansas Classrooms that recognize that fact....tapping, turning on brain power that might otherwise go unnoticed. For example, a young man turned into a leader when his learning ability was turned on via an Arts Partners experience with comic books.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Arts Partners has made it possible for our students to attend the Nutcracker Ballet for the past 3 years, an opportunity they would probably never get to experience otherwise. We are grateful for their generosity to our students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that puts new emphasis on the arts in the lives of kids. Kansas became the only state in the nation to defund the arts in 2011, so a community organization that exists for the sole purpose of helping children develop their creativity and emotions through the arts in Kansas is a great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Arts Partners through our public school system for the past 14 years. They are a great organization with many artists to choose from who come out to schools and present a lesson related to their field or direct a workshop with students. Students learn so much about the arts and how they are integrated into real life. They also get opportunities to experience events and artists they would never get a chance to experience since most of our students come from low income families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A mosaic artist came to my classroom to help us make a rocket ship mosaic. She was so organized and very interesting! The kids had a blast doing something out of the norm. She put in the dirty long hours making the mosaic come to life. We love Arts Partners because the kids get to meet REAL artists and share in their experiences.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Partner has great presentations for my first graders. It is a great experience for our low income children.