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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Positively Arts is a 501c3 non-profit that use the arts to empower, inspire, educate and heal young people from all backgrounds in southern Nevada. Positively Arts believes that all young people and students deserve equal access to arts training and programs, despite their financial limitations. Research suggests that mastery of the arts can help develop psychological resilience in children, which is especially beneficial to those who have experienced trauma or are dealing with amplified life stressors. In addition to the psychological and social benefits of arts education and training, Positively Arts believes that learning in the arts enables every child to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world and economy. Positively Arts serves the community in southern Nevada through camps, master classes, performance opportunities and onsite visits to professional performance venues. Our team also works in public and private schools in Clark County and hosts free anti-bullying workshops, arts training classes and performances for thousands of students each year. Working with our community partners, Positively Arts has been able to identify the students in our community who are most at-risk and in need of arts intervention programs. Positively Arts is committed to providing tuition assistance for any low-income students.

Target demographics: to ensure that every child has equal access to the arts despite their financial situation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 students with free in-school arts programming, 85 students with tuition assistance

Geographic areas served: Las Vegas, NV

Programs: tuition assistance for arts training, free performance opportunities in professional venues, free anti-bullying performances at schools and community centers, free instruments and free master classes from industry professionals

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From my daughter: “I love positively arts and this is why.I am a cancer survivor and through another foundation I met Pilita the founder of positivity arts and since I didn’t have that much money for the classes Pilita gave me a full scholarship that lets me participate in the amazing classes that help me cope with anxiety and stress and help me feel better about myself and other people.Positively arts provides the confidence that I need and also helps me to meet amazing new people.”

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DANEP001 We are just thrilled that your family found us! Watching your daughter shine and grow these past couple of years fills our hearts and we're so EXCITED to see what she does next! You are always welcome here and consider us your musical home away from home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teenager the covid lock downs were very difficult for me but positively arts was still able to reach out to us and give us opportunities to perform and learn in a safe way, but still have fun. Which was very fun and healing during those times. I am particularly grateful to them for allowing me to be a part of the 80's music video camp that without kind donations I may not have been able to do. Nothing like channeling my inner Freddie Mercury!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only been with Positively Arts for a couple months but It has been amazing! They are so welcoming and loving. I am very passionate about music, singing, and performing and they gave me a chance to hone those skills and have experience. I recently won a happy note challenge that they were so generous to do, in which they make happy notes to Encourage and show love . I earned a scholarship from it and that is helping me with expenses. I’ve only been to a couple classes but I already feel the incredible love and support. Positively arts is the best, and am so excited for the future.

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DANEP001 03/19/2021

We are so excited to have you join our Positively Arts family! You certainly jumped in with both feet and trusted us with your arts passions and we're so thankful for the positive energy and willingness to learn that you bring with you! You are immensely talented, but even more so, a caring and giving student who uplifts everyone around you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We joined Positively Arts almost 5 years ago because they created so many incredible opportunities for kids who just LOVE the Arts...from singing, to acting, to dancing, to producing! Positively Arts brings Industry Artists to interact with kids so they could learn and appreciate their talents. And, Positively Arts wants all kids to have these opportunities despite financial burden so they offer scholarships as well.

Check out our son, Cooper @coopermac02 in his first major opportunity with Positively Arts where he was able to dance in front of professionals in a huge theater! Now, Cooper is 13 and still thriving with Positively Arts...just in the past year under strict COVID precautions, Cooper has been able to perform with a LIVE band, go into a Recording Studio and record a Christmas song which he played the guitar & sung the vocals and now, is working on creating a music video.

We LOVE Positively Arts and the positivity the share with their kids!!!

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DANEP001 03/18/2021

We have absolutely LOVED having Cooper and your family as a part of Positively Arts for the past five years! Looking forward to more opportunities to see him shine!

2 Rachel S.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Positively Arts is exactly what my kids need in their life and I am SO grateful they have the opportunity to be a part of such an AMAZING organization! Miss Pilita is a God-Send whose positive energy is present in everything she does, creating an AMAZING culture throughout Positively Arts where kids can and do THRIVE!! She is beyond talented not just as an artist but at meeting kids where they are and bringing out the BEST in them!! After one meeting with her I could see a shift in my daughter's confidence taking her talents and dreams to the next level and awakening the budding artist / performer in my son!! If you are looking for a way to enrich your child/children's lives Positively Arts is the place for you! If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of others, Positively Arts is the right charity for you!!

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DANEP001 03/18/2021

Thank you so much for this positive review! We're excited to watch your kiddos grow and thrive within the arts and we're honored to have your family with us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Positively Arts is a great organization that focuses on helping kids reach their goals and dreams. I have been able to sing on stage which is my passion and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be able to express myself through singing.

2 Marlo Shay B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pilita is the most loving soul for these children. She herself is so beautiful, talented and creative, serving as an inspiring role model. My daughter absolutely loved all of her experiences with Positively Arts. After doing a summer program she got to perform at many venues in Las Vegas, including the House of Blues, and got picked after auditioning for a show on strip! She aslo had an opportunity to learn from and perform with a Cirque dancer. It's really helped to raise her skillset and confidence in an atmosphere of fun and support. We are contiually greatful for all the wonderful experiences that Positively Arts provides.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student of Positively Arts, I have learned so much from this amazing nonprofit. I have also gotten so many wonderful opportunities from professionals and I have grown in my performing skills. Positively Arts helps so many students become great performers and people. This nonprofit also helps students with scholarships to further their love for the arts. I have nothing but positive things to say about Positively Arts!

2 Bill E.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love this group! I have been involved with them since 2016 as a volunteer ,performer, teacher and producer. These kids are generous of spirit and inquisitive about their craft, and supportive of their peers and community in a truly inspiring way...... and talented too!!!!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed the musical theater and singing class. I especially learned a lot about singing, such as how to project my voice, in just a few classes. I would highly recommend Positively Arts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been a part of Positively Arts for about 3 years and it’s really become a second home. Everyone, especially Pilita, pulled me out of a scary time in my life. It’s provided me with so many amazing opportunities and taught me about my vocal instrument, taught me technique, and even gave me opportunities to teach other people what I’ve learned. Everything at Positively Arts is put there to benefit students and get them out in the world. It doesn’t only teach you about the current, but also what to do in your future and how to hone your craft. It’s amazing and I 15/10 recommend it to anyone and everyone that wants to try it out. You’ll fall in love with Positively Arts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Positively Arts and all of the people that are associated with their program. My daughter has enjoyed working with Pilita and all other amazing professionals that donate their time to work with the kids. Additionally we are so grateful for the opportunities to perform at awesome venues here in Las Vegas.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In my daughter’s short time of being involved with Positively Arts, we have both found the organization to be a wealth of compassion, talent, acceptance, knowledge of the craft, and of course, humanitarianism. My only regret is that we didn’t know about them sooner. Truly a wonderful group of people that are there purely to empower others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Goddaughter lost both parents within a 6 month period at the age of 12. She was completely shut down. We were desperate to find something she could connect with. Positively art classes allowed her to learn how to play guitar, dance, increase her singing abilities. Thru performing on stage at the House of Blues with the instruction of Pilita and the many instructors she now has the ability to communicate effectively with self confidence. She is growing into an amazing person. We are so thankful her music teacher at school gave us the contact information. It is an amazing experience. Best part is she did the work and I sat back and enjoyed all the entertainment.

4 Kristin B.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with Positively Arts since 2015 when they visited my high school. I was very shy when I joined. They helped me blossom into a more outgoing and confident singer/performer. They have given me so many amazing opportunities as a singer and they are incredibly friendly/inclusive. I have had wonderful experiences performing with them at different venues on and off the strip. I want to especially thank them for giving me opportunities even as an adult. Singing and performing helps me come out of my shell. THANK YOU Pilita Simpson, Francesca Camus Rominger, and everyone else in Positively Arts. I am so grateful for each and every single one of you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We owe a debt of gratitude to Positively Arts, not only for the amazing opportunities they have afforded my daughters, but for the impact that their wonderful mentors have had on their lives. Positively Arts didn’t skip a beat when the world shut down for COVID-19. They provided free online masterclasses, and figured out a creative way to keep the students performing through their front porch mini concerts. My daughters have had access to artistic outlets led by industry professionals, who help them be better artists, and more importantly better people. The entire Positively Arts family has truly embodied their mission and we’re so lucky to have been a part of something so uplifting and healing!

4 Rebecca Lindsey M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Joelie has grown so much over the past several years with Positively Arts. She has gained not only knowledge, but bonds with mentors and friendships that she will treasure and carry with her for the rest of her life. She has been able to share her passion with so many not only by her performances but also passing on what she has learned to so many other students. Our entire family is truly thankful to have Pilita and the entire support group she has connected with her and Positively Arts. This entire community is thankful !!!

5 Naomi Rae C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Positively Arts has been a great program for my 15 year old daughter. Before we began this journey I saw my talented girl holding herself back because she lacked confidence in her own skills. However, over the course of this past year and through the patient guidance of all of the wonderful teachers who volunteer their time, I’ve seen my girl come out of her shell as she has begun to believe in herself. As her confidence grew, so has her courage. She’s tried things that she wouldn’t have before just because she’s had people who believe in her and she’s learned to believe in herself. This program is great for all kids on every different skill level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a Positively Arts supporter! I first learned about them through the Get Launched Vegas event, and absolutely fell in love with the program! I’m so impressed by the talent of these amazing kids and the dedication of the staff. I can’t wait until baby E is old enough to get involved!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work this non profit does to help bring positive experiences and opportunities to kids through the arts, without regard to their ability to pay. Having access to the arts gives is important because it gives kids an outlet to express themselves, and Positively Arts gives them a safe environment to do that in. Their anti bullying programs and empathy challenge program only emphasize the kind of environment they continue to create within their organization. They also provide programs to help kids with professional development in the arts as well, offering masterclasses and camps with Broadway and TV/Film caliber professionals who help them prepare for everything from audition prep to careers in entertainment! Get Launched is another program they do every year which is a mentorship program where they pair professionals with students! This past spring during the shutdown, we helped create safe opportunities for students to still perform virtually while socially distanced so we could still share a little joy with our community while being as safe as possible. The positive opportunities and experiences this non profit creates are invaluable to these kids, and greatly benefit the well being of our community in addition to supporting the arts!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Positively arts is a nonprofit organization that is very near and dear to my heart. It helps kids around the community to be a part of the arts. It is a safe place for many students and we are all a family at positively arts. They make sure that students who Might not have the means to pay for vocal lessons or acting lessons get that same training without any cost. The founder Pilita Danesh as one of the most kind hearted hard-working woman I know. Thank you positively arts- Harper

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Positively arts is the best palace to go when you have a musical passion that you want to pursue the believe in every person they help