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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Living Dream Arts brings interactive art programs and performances to youth and communities around the world. Through the sharing and teaching of different art forms, we inspire a sense of confidence, cross- cultural awareness and self-expression. Our US programs support arts education by partnering with schools and community organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. Our international tours reach out to youth from economically impoverished cities and villages, and enrich communities around the world. Living Dream Arts envisions a world where creativity and inspiration flourish, hope overcomes fear, and everyone may dream their life and live their dreams. We provide an artistic, cross-cultural outlet for youth and a positive step toward a better world.

Results: We have served over 50 communities and 20,000 individuals as of 2015.

Target demographics: underprivileged youth and their communties engage in the arts, enhance creative communication, infuse more joy into daily life and bridge cultural differences

Direct beneficiaries per year: 465 youth, 30 parents living in shelters and 150 elderly persons living in assisted living centers.

Geographic areas served: The San Francisco Bay Area and Internationally

Programs: Free classes in fine arts, theater, dance, music, circus arts, yoga, meditation and martial arts. Free performances locally and internationally on tours.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am the mother of a 6th grade student who was lamenting the lack of art programs in my son's elementary school. As the secretary of our PTA, I began to research organizations that offered art programs to children. Living Dream Arts stood out because they offered active, artistic expression. I believe our children need exposure to other forms of physical activity besides traditional sports. Our school is a Title One school, which means that over 50% of the students receive free and reduced lunch. Many of our students come from economically disadvantaged families that may not have the funds to send their children to art, dance, or gymnastic programs. Living Dream Arts came to our school and offered every child the circus arts program once per week. Their staff was professional, engaging, and inspiring. The children and teachers of the school rave about the program. Several students showcased skills they had learned from LDAs teachers at the school's annual talent show. Evidence of their love of what they learned from Living Dream Arts. I highly recommend this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Living Dream Arts is simply amazingly awesome. We utilized their services twice throughout the years for two huge events, California Hotel Winter Celebration & National Night Out. Their is was never a dull moment and the performance was great for all ages. We would defiantly use their services again.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Living Dream Arts brings provides arts experiences to communities in the Bay Area and around the world. Many that participate in LDA's programs are individuals for whom the arts can be a therapeutic and healing experience: survivors of domestic abuse; shelter residents; communities recovering from disasters; children in schools with no arts programs. Not only does LDA provide these valuable experiences, the teachers and staff are extremely flexible and sensitive to the needs of each individual served.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living Dream Arts is a fantastic organization that brings arts to children in the Bay Area and abroad. I've been working with LDA for five years and their after school programming is top notch.

1 Kanoa B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Been involved with fundraising events and saw their teachers work first hand. Their passion was evident and I can only imagine how well they must be with children. They truly serve an underserved part of our community. Also, a little money with this charity goes a long way.

2 Matthew56

Board Member

Rating: 5

I participated in an amazing tour of India with the Dreamtime Circus in 2008. The experience was profoundly moving for myself, the other performers, and the children we entertained and taught. Dreamtime Circus is now part of Living Dream Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides arts education to at-risk children in the Bay Area and coordinates international tours to serve underprivileged communities in the US and around the world. As the Chair of the Board, I believe deeply in the organizational mission and am proud that this work has such a profound impact on children both near and far.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to have participated in several Living Dream Arts events as both a guest MC and volunteer. As both a performer and a founding member of my own youth based non-profit company, I have the utmost admiration for what LDA has accomplished. Every performer is engaging, captivating, and of extreme skill. Together they project the image of a highly fun and talented family, and invite their audiences to join in happily with that dynamic. Watching them dazzle those in the communities they serve is inspiring and nothing short of magical.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Living Dream Arts/Dreamtime Circus performed at our small rural school in Texas which to my knowledge has never had a circus before. The students and community were treated to an event that informed, excited, and inspired all who attended. Most of our students live too far from and do not have access to summer transportation into the city to do activities or play at parks or recreation programs, so to have someone share this excitement with us was a great way to start the summer. The students especially loved the one on one contact with real entertainers and the chance to learn how to juggle and hoop. The donation of juggling balls meant that the kids had a fun activity to practice all summer long.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for over 5 years. I have seen Living Dream Arts do more good and reach more people with a budget smaller than most peoples annual income. Working in Peru you could see the kids become transformed by the experience of the shows, workshops and classes. The way that these programs instill imagination, hope, dreams and creativity while providing a supportive acceptance of each individual is mind blowing. I wish I could express all of the moments of magic I have witnessed from this organization here but truly they are innumerable.

Review from Guidestar