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L M Alcott Art Center Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: To help nurture artistic talent, to provide a place to teach, learn, exhibit and perform in an environment that bolsters community, to bring together people of diverse cultures for a common cause: The Arts.

Results: Have been able to provide numerous artistic opportunities for many aspiring artists. Alcott is well known for first time exhibitors, first time actors and directors. Have been able to provide a home for several other not for profit theater groups over the years, have held many art exhibits for individuals as well as groups and have had many Plays, Concerts, Art Fairs, Car Shows and just about anything we have been asked to help make happen. We have been in existence now for sixteen years as a self sustaining Arts Foundation. We have awarded grants and scholarships, taught classes in several areas of the Arts, curated over three hundred Art Exhibits and produced several plays at the Alcott Arts Center. We have partnered with several groups at public functions and even been involved with national Arts programs including the National Endowment of the Arts' "the Big Read" program. Alcott has become a regional Arts Organization with interaction of Artists, Actors, teachers and sponsors from all over the area and country. It has been a unique challenge to start something from scratch but it has been a great experience to be thrown into the world of the Arts in this endeavor.

Target demographics: provide artistic opportunities for all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700 Students, 4 not for profit organizations,

Geographic areas served: Kansas City Kansas

Programs: Children's Theater Classes, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Productions, ABC Positive Enrichment Program, Youth Summer Intern Program, Art and Craft Classes for Kids, Children's Theater Productions, Ceramic Classes, special effects make-up and sculpting classes and much more.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Hiroshi P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! The people here are amazing. It might be cold outside, but when you come into this place... the environment warms your heart. Recently there was a Dracula play. It was so good that I had to watch it twice. The cast were great and seemed completely dedicated to their work. The play was movie quality. Two thumbs up. Along with the play there was an art gallery with amazing art that was created by some pretty thoughtful and creative people. The Alcott Art center is I believe the only Art center in the area but we absolutely need places like this to teach our kids growing up the creativeness and opportunities that can be created if you open that artistic side of your mind. Great job Alcott. Keep up the excellent work

1 Monica C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was invited to an event there about 8 or 9 years ago. Fell in love with the place and the people. Asked Chris if she would allow the PTA to use the space for a meeting. We have been friends ever since. I have attended many amazing performances there, seen some incredible art work, heard some moving spoken word performances. Have taken part in the Halloween event on a regular basis. It's such a positive atmosphere, Everything positive nothing negative. I think it's a hidden gem in Kansas City and would love to have more people involved at any time! I have spent so much time there volunteering they asked me to sit on the board. Proud to be apart of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I met Chris and Chuck Green. They told me of a place they have and there ideas of what they wanted to do to help the community. I have attended plays, art shows, speciality events and even "Trick or Trunk" nights. I have asked them to let us use the building for another not for profit and they always tell me yes. My youngest daughter has been to many of these events with me and has gotten to experience different types of plays, she was part of an art show, and loves to dress up and volunteer for trick or trunk. They have faced many challanges and always rise above and come out on top. I love there motto, my favorite part is "everything positive". I try and help when I can, I have printed off flyers for events and put them up in various places, I have donated candy and time for the Trick or Trunk nights. I also try and help to promote events when I can. I really enjoy the events that I have attended and will continue to get to them when I can. I love that they are trying to promote a love of the arts and support local artist's at the same time.

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Dakota C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been acting there for years. It's a really nice place to make friends and fell like your at home. I really enjoy being there every year

Jill J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alcott Arts Center is such a jewel. It is in an historic school building that invokes imagination. People from all walks of life can participate in art classes, see the work of up and coming artists, or even try out for a play. My daughter appeared in a play several years ago and still talks about it to this day. I loved that she was able to meet people from such diverse backgrounds. The Alcott Arts Center is a keeper!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Chris and Chuck Green for many years. I first met Chris when she came to my Girl Scout troop to work on art projects. She then came to the elementary school I worked at to do art with students. Alcott Art center is a place the community can go to enjoy the arts in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. They have all genres of the fine arts and you can enjoy them all here. My daughter was in a production of "Shakespeare in the parking lot", she has taken art classes, learned cursive handwriting and we have volunteered at the annual trunk and treat. They run all of this with donations and volunteers. The Alcott Art Center is a asset to the community and I would like to see more people utilize it and all it has to offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only recently recently been acquainted with the folks at Alcott, and it's been an amazing experience so far. I am an actor in Dracula: the final countdown, and it's been so much fun and the arts center has been so awesome in helping with the show and providing the space to perform it. -gabe

1 Erica G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott Art Center has such a wonderful environment, I would consider it a second home. This is my favorite Art Center in the community, they have classes and workshops for kids and adults, Gallery exhibits supporting local artists and a theater. Absolutely the Best! Creativity and dedication radiate from teacher, student, and parent alike. What a great learning experience for everyone participating. I'm so grateful I could be part of such a great group. Chris and Chuck are two wonderful people striving to keep Alcott's alive and I would hate to loose such a wonderful piece of our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to get back into theater after 25 years. Chuck and Chris are awesome.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first entered the Alcott Arts Center on September 7, 2017 when I auditioned for a role in their production of DRACULA: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. I was immediately impressed by the center's commitment to their mission statement. They provide artistic opportunities in the community through theatrical productions, music performances, art exhibitions of local artists and art classes for all ages. It is proof that their “Everything Positive-Nothing Negative” motto serves a vital need in the community.

1 Shelby L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done theater ever since I was in middle school. After my second year of college I decided to take a break, to focus on my major, and to do other activities. But I was always missing theater. Recently I decided to get back into it, and that is when I found the Alcott Art’s Center. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be as happy as I am right now, being back on the stage. Performing at this theater has made me beyond happy and I can’t wait for more opportunities to work with them.

2 Joselyn C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to and participating in events at the Alcott Art Center for several years now. They are a great place to go and great for families. And the art that comes here is amazing from very talented artists. I have recommended the art center to several people.

1 Tina D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Firstly I want to say that this place is a gem in Kansas City. A godsend.

When I first emigrated to Kansas from the UK I didn’t know anyone here apart from my family. At the time I also wondered about the arts scene here in Kansas. Where I came from art is supported everywhere and thrives. By driving around in the early days, I remembered seeing a sign which said Alcott Arts Center. My mind got enquiring so, I looked up the organization online and thought hey what they do here is cool.
So, after some time adjusting to a strange country and way of life and finding my feet I began to get back into creating art and needed a place to show. It was by chance that a youth colleague I worked with who had connections via the Alcott told me about Chris. I had told the young guy that I read about the Alcott online. It was by chance that Chris came into my workplace and the young man introduced both Chris and myself. It was from there on I had arranged an art show with the Alcott’s here in KC KS and got some good feedback from visitors. Since then I have had three shows and teach art to the youth on Wednesdays.

Two years teaching have now passed and many projects with the youth later we had exhibitions to showcase work created throughout the year. I am now working on a program for the third year. The kids enjoy coming over and are back again when the classes start back up. An outlet for creative minds to further their artistic endeavours.

Thanks to the Alcott Arts Center I got back into the swing of creating artwork and showcasing at their venue and to teach. It was a mutual approach, they asked, and I wanted to ask to teach one evening a week. We cover many genres of art and help the youth with creative thinking and problem solving along with fun and inspiration. Dedicated budding young artists who have somewhere to come to that is a safe place with materials provided and a mutual like-minded respect for the creative arts.

The Alcott do a lot for the community relentlessly throughout the year. Chris and Chuck are lovely people and it is a pleasure to know them and for them to be in my life. And they have a vision of what the Art Center can do for the community. It is always a pleasure to go back for another year of creative endeavors. I have met many people since the first time I came here and many of them because of the Alcott Arts Center. This is the place to come if you want to be creative. Nowhere else really serves in this way.

Thank you Chris and Chuck for your support for all.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

LM Alcott Art Center is a wonderful organization. They provide a place for kids to grow their artistic skills using many different mediums. They go into the schools with special programs and most recently are partnering with KS PTA for the National PTA Reflections contest. The art center will be providing supplies to children in grades K thru 12 that wish to participate in the contest. They put on plays, including Shakespeare, and hold exhibitions for some of their young artists. The LM Alcott Art Center is a wonderful community asset.

1 Angela F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have attended art classes in this neighborhood centerpiece for several years now. Always friendly and inviting. The group is always trying to be active in the community and promote art and drama for those in the area. Many times my own children, who are budding artist themselves, have been invited to show in the galleries at the Alcott. It is a boost to their confidence and a chance to show off to the community! Not to mention rubbing elbows with their fellow artists in the neighborhood.
I would highly recommend that someone wanting to show their artwork or participate in a play, acting, directing, costuming, anything, check out what's going on at the Alcott!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They provide a range of events for all ages and tastes. They are also very kind and patient and dedicated to their work.

2

Board Member

Rating: 4

You couldn't ask for a nicer and more charitable bunch of people!!...They have such a wide variety of events and activities throughout the spring/summer and fall!!Youre guaranted to always walk out of Alcott with warm feelings and a biiiiiigg smile!!!...Its Kansas city Kansas version of WONDERLAND!!!...Just ask anyone whose been there for an event!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first involvement with Alcott was through my college, The Art Institute of Kansas City. We did an event there called Artists helping Artists. I made a promise to myself to stay in touch with the staff. They have greatly helped me with art shows and taught me as well. I have attended arts and crafts classes and attended my fellow artists shows. What I love about Alcott is how they help the community. The kids get a wide range of activities that can help throughout life. I try to volunteer as much as possible. Owning a graphic design company I am able to help out with plays, craft events and shows. I highly recommend Alcott to uplift and imagine all your possibilities!

1 Christopher C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife Faye and I have involved with the L M Alcott Art Center foundation for several years, we have known Chuck and Chris for a long time and what a great couple and what a Great bunch of Members and their membership and belonging and wanting to part of this group, the Arts & Musical events, the Plays, the friday/Saturday Nights Art shows, I just love going to these Events!!

What a Great place to go, and see these wonderful Shows & Programs! And what they do for the community of KCK is a blessing and Wonderful Sharing! I am amazed of all of the time that goes into something like this!! I am amazed what they do for the community on Halloween - Trick or Trunk! it is an Awesome time and event!!

I just can't say how much this Group, this Foundation has Help me and made more aware of different Plays, like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot wow what Fun and wow how the L M Alcott Art Center Foundation puts forth in helping the Kansas City, Kansas Community, help Kids with Library events and times to share anything is most Awesome Foundation! Chris & Chuck Green, they just are the nicest people and we just think the World of them, like I said these folks and membership are a totally Blessing to KCK Community!! I think that the KCK L M Alcott Art Center foundation with its Staff and Volunteers are just important as Chuck & Chris, these group of people with what they do, its Just a Total Blessing and a God Sent!! There are to many Names of the Staff and Volunteers to say or mention here, but Like I said before or will say, these Guys are a Great Bunch of Folks and Friends to me and my wife Faye!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Chris and Chuck and the Alcott center is always so positive. They are always willing to help with the different projects that we are working on in our community and with our PTA Council in KCK. When we needed help with our float for our parade entry, Chris was right there helping out. They were so helpful when we needed a backdrop for our youth committee at our state convention booth. When I needed a phone booth for our superhero installation at our neighboring PTA council, the Alcott center was once again available to us to help out with supplies, expertise and a place to work. We also have used the Alcott center for the last 5 years to hold some of our monthly PTA Council meeting at. They are just a great asset to our community and its families. Alcott Arts Center really ROCKS!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Alcott! They gave me a chance to shine and be on stage when it seemed like I couldn't anywhere else. Chris and Chuck are so sweet and hardworking. I love them all!