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Mission: ​Positively Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that empowers kids for life by building confidence through performance and artistic discovery. We fortify students’ social and emotional development by providing the tools, positive outlets, and community support through which kids can develop the confidence and resilience they need to excel in every aspect of their lives. Since 2014, Positively Arts has served over 20,000 students through our arts-learning empowerment and mentorship programs, has provided over $200,000 in scholarships and tuition assistance for more than 10,000 low income and at-risk students, and is proud to be building a positive community for children in Southern Nevada. Through masterclasses, camps, private lessons, The Virtual Studio, and performance opportunities Positively Arts has become a trusted leader in the Southern Nevada nonprofit community in advancing healing arts training to develop our youth's social-emotional development and create positive outlets for self-expression.

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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started with Positively Arts in elementary school when his confidence was lacking. Within a few classes and workshops, his confidence grew. Positively Arts finds creative ways to support students and get them on a path to positive thinking. Music and arts are a wonderful outlet for children and Positively Arts is always seeking new opportunities to provide a variety for students to choose from. The team is strong and supportive, the families are excited to have this option and the children are thriving. Thank you Positively Arts!

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DANEP001 We are honored that you chose Positively Arts as part of your son's journey! There's nothing better than seeing a young artist grow in confidence, joy, and passion! Not to mention the inspiring talent he has as well! Thank you for a wonderful review :-)

Rosy J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Positively Arts is the best thing that has ever happened to us after my daughter finished her cancer treatment.
My daughter loves to sing and when she got there she helped her to strengthen her confidence, her self-esteem, to belong to a group of friends, who encouraged and motivated her.
I love seeing her sing and participate in Positively Arts events, with great teachers like Pilita Simpson and Delee and seeing how much she has grown and learned.
And above all those bonds of love and friendship that she has developed with her friends, literally she tells me that they are her family.
Positively Arts is wonderful because they go beyond teaching them to develop their skills in music and art, but also is forming better human beings.
I have seen so much support, love and solidarity between them.
Pilita, you are the best. And I have no words to thank you for everything you do for my daughter and for helping her to continue making her dreams come true.
Abigail’s mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Positively arts is one of the best things to have happened to me it helped me get through so much in life.Positively arts has taught me to have more confidence in myself and I have made of of the best friends I could have asked for.Positively arts isn’t just for enhancing your performing abilities it’s to teach you about how to be a better person and how to make of this world a better place.Positively arts showed me so much that I wouldn’t have ever experienced or knew without Pilitta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Positively Arts truly cares for the kids in the las vegas valley. There mission to empower kids for life through artistic discovery and performance is so inspiring.

madyoyo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Positively arts is the most wonderful organization. Whether your child is experience in the performing arts or a beginner all are included and all get experience and invaluable arts education. It is a very positive environment for kids to hang out and make life long friendships that support one another in their performances and experiences.

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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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DANEP001 06/22/2021

Thank you so much for the positive review! We are so glad that our scholarship program allowed you to participate in this rockin' 80's video camp and make you feel as awesome as you deserve to feel! We can't wait to continue working with you!

Angela S.14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter continues to grow with this amazing group of children and the most dedicated directory I have ever met. Pilita care so much about these children and the arts, her leadership is priceless

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that has led to notable increases in the confidence and abilities of my child, the opportunities to hone her craft, and friends that will likely last a lifetime. It's amazing to see so many children from all backgrounds, ethnicities, parts of town, financial and more come together through their passion for the arts and the organization, and just "be" .

Jennaya F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found positively arts through the city of Henderson summer camp last year. My daughter (12) made amazing friendships and I was so impressed by the level of positivity in their final performance. All the kids are shown the value of supporting each other and given the chance to give input into the creative process. Since then, my son (7) has asked to be involved and Pilita and De Lee are amazing role models to both of them. My daughter says this group of kids helps her through tough days at school and they both have learned so much about being themselves and forging strong positive relationships. This all while having a say in writing their own skits and they are currently writing a mini musical! Positively arts is the type of organization I hope everyone has a chance to be a part of, they are helping me to build strong resilient kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were referred to Positivly Arts the summer of 2021. I spoke with Pilita Simpson the founder of positively arts, she was so warm and welcoming. She invited my daughter to audition for Get Launched Las Vegas. So she did! Although she did not make the top 40 in the competition, Pilita and the judges encouraged her to join the stay positive crew. She was still able to perform, make awesome music videos and compete for smaller titles. She had such a fun time working with all of the talented music professionals and created amazing bonds with all of the students who were involved. The finale show was amazing! My daughter was able to perform on stage and excited to see all of the top five contestants perform with their amazing talents. It left her something to work toward in the future.
As a parent, I was so impressed with all the positive and willing participants involved, they left us both hungry for more! From there I signed her up for a two week long summer camp with the group. She learned choreography, stage presence, vocal strength, acting , and so much more She loved it!
Pilita and all of her teachers are professionals and have been in the business for many years. They stress the importance of mental and physical health and teach that to the students at the beginning of each lesson with meditative exercises. Positivly arts truly wants to guide each student in a positive forward moving and healthy environment. They absolutely deliver! These students have naturally learned how to encourage and empower one another on and off the stage. It is truly impressive and so humbling to witness.
We are so blessed to have found this amazing nonprofit performing arts organization. We look forward to many more performance opportunities with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has grown in her confidence through all the amazing opportunities Positively Arts provides. She has done classes, camps, mock auditions and competitions. They partner kids with extremely talented entertainers and give them feedback to get better. They build friendships in a community of acceptance and encouragement. We are beyond grateful for Pilita and all the Positively Arts does to reach kids through the arts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't have ever thought once in my life that I would be able to have such an amazing opportunity, considering how we are struggling financially because of the Covid19 pandemic. When Ms.Philita responded to us after a week or 2 and told me that I was given a scholarship for the camp I was over the moon.

On the first day when I had arrived at the camp, I was surprised to see how welcoming everyone was. There were many improv games on the first day to help everyone (Including me who is usually shy around others) open up to everyone else at camp. Ms.Philita as well as all of the volunteers there helped any student who might have been feeling a bit down or just had any other emotional problem at that time. Even the students there tried to be friends with you and cheer you up when you might have messed up something such as a performance or are just having a bad day. While I was at the camp I had never felt lonely and it almost felt like a second home to me.

Overall If I had any friends/family members who are interested in the arts I would recommend them this camp. I even recommend you to join this camp if you are interested in the arts and would like to improve your skills as well as having the opportunity to interact with other kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Positively Arts!! It is such an amazing space for our kiddos. I give Pilita the president 100 stars ! She is a ray of light and truly cares about every one of her students ! She also helps these kids excel with amazing programs and mentors ! Thank you Positively Arts!

Tanner C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our child has become their own star because of Positively Arts! I can’t express enough how much the focused, attentive, and “positive” environment has opened our child’s heart and confidence to unlimited heights. My hat is off to you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Positively Arts since the beginning. I watched both of my granddaughters and many of their friends flourish under the love and compassion of Pilita. There is no other organization that I have found in Las Vegas that gives so much to the youth in our community.

Rebecca Lindsey M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Joelie started with Positively Arts when it first came into fruitarian many years ago. She participated in numerous events, classes, camps and performances throughout the years. These experiences shaped the performer she is today. Pilita is the most generous, compassionate, most talented person we know. Her dedication to the youth of Las Vegas is immeasurable!!! She has the biggest heart. My daughter, now 18, will continue to donate any time that she has to help give back to this amazing foundation. Dream it, Live it, Love it!!!!!!!

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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 !!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about Positively Arts and all the amazing professionals who work with these talented kids! When my daughter, Raquel Anne, and I first met with Pilita in January 2020, she was so withdrawn into herself and afraid to branch out to try new things. With every new class and camp that she has been able to participate in, I have seen her confidence grow by leaps and bounds. Today she’s usually one of the first to welcome new students and to try a new activity! The relaxation and meditation techniques that the instructors teach have been a lifesaver for her to help her learn to work through her anxiety in both performing and in just day-to-day living. I get emotional when I look at how much Raquel has grown in this year and a half. Positively Arts has been like her own personal garden, giving her equal parts nurturing and support, but also challenging her to branch out into areas she may not have ever considered before. No matter where she goes or what she chooses to do in her life, I know that Positively Arts and the friendships she has made has given her a solid foundation of skills to build upon.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Positively Arts! They are passionate, educated, sincere, loving, talented, and extremely hard working! They go that extra mile for every single student. They have a gift of making each child feel special, confident, and cared about. And, on top of all that, they are very well educated in performing arts! They know technique, proper usage, and they make it so much much for these wonderful children! I can't wait for my kids to do more with these amazing people!!

Tatiana S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter just loved Positively Arts Camp!! Amazing teachers,amazing atmosphere,Amazing performance !!
Thank you a lot

Donor

Rating: 5

Positively Arts is a class act. Pilita Simpson, President of the non-profit as well as the entire staff have been amazing to work with. They offer local kids the amazing opportunity to learn to express themselves through the performing arts, and have amazing volunteers that help to coach and mentor the kids, no matter what their financial situation is. All this while creating a positive atmosphere and safe place for the kids. Amazing!

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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 03/22/2021

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!

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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!

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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!

3 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!

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!

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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