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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Casey M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to get to perform a show here, and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. The people running the Alcott truly love the building, the arts, and the people that come in. It is such a warm environment, and it was a gift to have the chance to perform there

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the Alcott Arts Center. I really can't catalog all of the ways that they have made a positive impact on my life. I have had experiences here as a theatre artist, volunteer, patron, and even a board member. They offer an artistic home for a wide variety of artists, they're committed to community, and they do SO MUCH with so little. I want them to receive all of the support they need to thrive.

I could go on for pages. Instead, just give me a call 913-953-6082. My name is Zachary Weaver. I'm happy to tell you about every single amazing experience I've had at the Alcott, or just answer any questions you have.

Thank you for reading!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott Arts Center is a truly amazing gem in the Kansas City metro, and especially to Kansas City, KS. They work hard to provide wonderful artistic opportunities to a community that would otherwise be under-served. On a personal level, they provided me with my first directing opportunity in KC, as well as my first art exhibit! The arts truly flourish within this organization, and all who take part, whether they are a volunteer or a patron, feel the vitality of this wonderful place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alcott really does an amazing job bringing art to this community. I've thoroughly enjoyed every experience I've had there.

1 Danny W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The L M Alcott Art center is a great place with a great group of people . The have helped my brother be able to act in plays for theater. Every year they host a great trick or treat event that has an amazing theam. Everyone is so friendly and fun to work with. Love it.

1 Jeff S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alcott provides such a vital role in its community making art and expression accessible to kids that are otherwise seeing funding for these kinds of programs in their schools cut over and over, while also providing fun and engaging programs for the community as a whole but

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a hidden gem! The building is amazing, the staff super friendly, and the programs they provide are so necessary. My daughter does the Wednesday art classes and she loves it (I have trouble getting her to commit to just about anything but she begs to be able to go to these classes).

1 Micah E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved this place!! It’s amazing, I love the artwork there and my friends artwork is going up, which makes it even better!

1 Ariana B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My classmate’s artwork is going up here, I can’t wait to see it! This place is great!!

1 Sam S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place. I can't wait for my art to be put up there. Everyone I talked to was super helpful and supportive.

1 Kayla W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone here for halloween with my family for years and volunteered for halloween for a couple years. I love this place. My brother went here for acting academy and I got to watch his show. It was great. I have also done art there. Some of my art pieces are going up there and I would love to see this place stay open forever and ever. I love this place.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 5th show acting at the Alcott. I keep coming back as this is such a welcoming environment for actors of all kinds. I can't wait for next season.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to have participated in various shows at the Alcott. The variety of people they attract is amazing. They range from children to adults, seasoned actors to newbies, and all of which share a love of the arts. The dedication this organization has to supporting local artists is truly inspiring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach middle school gifted and talented students in KCK public schools. In February of 2018, I contacted the Alcott Center to share my interest in visiting their gallery for a field trip. Chris and Chuck Green were very helpful in planning with me a truly memorable experience for my students. My students and I had no experience with the Alcott, but I will definitely visit again with my new students next year. The Alcott is a very unique and iconic place to spend a few hours. They had high school art displayed, and Chris and Chuck gave me the opportunity to bring in my middle school students' art to join the collection. Chris led my groups in two ceramic workshops and even offered a few of my interested students some opportunities for summer classes: they could attend or even teach! For me, this is a new partnership, as I plan to attend some classes at the Alcott this summer and plan for another school trip next year! Thank you, very much, to the Alcott Art Center!

3 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

3 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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2 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

2 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!

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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.

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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

3 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.