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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.

Programs: The area's largest provider of arts-in-education programs for students from preschool through high school, serving more than 100 public, private and parochial schools and early childhood centers in a four county area with in-depth, curriculum connected, artist led classroom experiences that enable students to discover learning 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.

Rob_10

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My classes and I always enjoy the presentors that are brought to our school thatnks to Arts Partners.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended a class that was offered in the summer concerning special needs children and diverse activities that could enhance their learning experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was very impressed when I visited a school and saw the program in action. The quilt display was colorful, creative, and most definately comprise the learning with art. Each child created a design which included percentage of each color. What a wonderful way to teach children to see math fun and every day

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners are extremely helpful and very customer-service friendly! They are wonderful partners for Wichita Public Schools and we are very lucky to have them as part of our team. The teachers, staff, and students in our district all benefit a great deal from their services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is so easy to work with. My first year of teaching, I really wasn't sure what they were all about. I had never even heard of them. I received an award to use Arts Partners for my classroom and have been a supporter ever since! They have wonderful, educational performances for my young preschoolers! Thank you Arts Partners!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art isn't simply important education; it is education. Art is the gymnasium of the mind, body, and spirit. It is the place where we can totally address every element of ourselves; it doesn't matter what the content is. (Loren Hollander)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners came to our school and did a math/art collaboration. The students really enjoyed seeing a different side of math and our school came away with an amazing mural that will last many, many years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is an absolutely wonderful resource in our community. As an Educator, I am always looking for ways to enliven my curriculum and to create powerful classroom experiences for students that make learning "stick", and Arts Partners provides just that. For many years now, Arts Partners has, on a yearly basis, provided professional storytellers to conduct two day workshops, to assist students in the art of storytelling, in celebration of their family histories and cultural legacies. The storytellers not only provide entertaining performances, but they also coach students in how to improve their extemporaneous speaking and to use their imaginations. Because public speaking is a life long skill, and the art of storytelling develops critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence, students benefit immeasureably.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has provided invaluable resources to our schools. Students have the opportunity to experience learning through multiple artistic avenues, which deepens their understanding while making learning fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I am an administrator who has used Art Partners for years. I am disappointed that they keep using "performer" Shawn Reida. He slaps a new title to his low rate magic act and tries to pass it off as a new show with educational value. I will not be using Art Partners as long as they continue to use "educational" shows like this!

Comments ( 1 )

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aimee artspartnerswichita 11/02/2012

We are sorry that you had a less than satisfactory experience with one of our teaching artists. As “an administrator who has used Arts Partners for years,” you are aware that we routinely send out evaluations to schools after an artist has presented a program. Upon checking our records, we do not find an evaluation for this artist that indicates an issue with the program. We always welcome constructive feedback on our programs. We encourage you to call the office so we can discuss this further.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group who does incredible projects with school children as well as others. As a receiving school I have been very impressed with their presenters and the professionals that give of their time to work with students. I have seen two projects go from planning to completion, one was a friendship circle that was sculpted by the fifth graders. The artist then took it and did a pour then mounted the sculpture to a raw piece of tree stump and it was placed in front of the school building. The other project was a tile project, again from brainstorming to completion. There were two concrete supports in the school lobby, again the fifth graders designed and prepped the tiles with the help of the artist and the art teacher then the tyles were placed around the supports. I would highly recommend Arts Partners!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Does a great job trying to connect all aspects of our world to the Arts. It has done a wonderful job supporting students and teachers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts and Partners is an amazing benefit to the community!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am relatively new to Arts Partners, but from what I have seen so far, I am thoroughly impressed. They have a great staff and group of supporters who are passionate about helping kids learn. What could be better than that?!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is small but mightly with a passionate staff team and dedicated teaching artists. They touch the lives of so many students and teachers in a very positive way. Their commitment to making art accessible is commendable; but even more so, is their unique approach to using art as a teaching tool for subjects across the curriculum. Too often our educational system is singularly focuses in teaching styles for children when children are very diverse in how they learn. This program makes an impact in the lives of so many children and opens their minds to subjects in a new and engaging way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners Wichita partners with the school district and community to engage students, educators and artists at all levels in meaningful learning strategies and experiences that literally change their lives and thinking in a positive way. They provide opportunities to cultivate creativity and innovation for college and career readiness, promote students' interest and enthusiastic engagement in learning, not only about the arts but in other subjects such as literacy, STEM and ICT, and facilitate interactive experiences that help students understand and apply knowledge and skills that are portable, memorable and relevant to learning across the curriculum and in life. The sustained commitment and high quality of instructional activity consistently exempliefied in the Arts Partners programs are rarely available at this level and scale and they are worthy of being recognized as a model non-profit organization that makes invaluable contributions to their community, region and the field.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former teacher / counselor I realize the importance of arts in the schools. This organization helps bridge the gap for those programs that are being lost to budget cuts and funding. This is a well run vital nonprofit and Wichita and surrounding schools are so fortunate to have them as a resource .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many children have the opportunity to work hand in hand with an artist to create a long lasting Art Work for their school. Many have made ceramic tile pieces which have also used math skills within the project planning, interdiciplinary to be sure. What a great experience for the children and the artists to many years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners provides the highest quality arts-in-education programming available in Kansas. Their executive director, Katie Lynn, is a nationally respected leader in the field.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped with a new fundraiser called Arty Party and was so impressed with the leadership, staff, other volunteers and artists involved. I was happy to be involved as it felt we were really needed and I was pleased with how the event went. Hopefully it can be an annual event, and become an important piece of their marketing and development efforts.

Skyler L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners helps Kansas students learn important thinking skills by integrating arts and design into the regular curriculum subjects. With over 40 practicing artists in a disciplines such as drawing, papermaking, music, game design, and more, Arts Partners inspires thousands of Kansas students in over 100 schools.