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Arts Partners Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Student Services

Mission: There is growing recognition that children who learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team have a greater chance of future success. In the 21st century, many argue that the new basic skill for global competitiveness and individual fulfillment will be creativity. Research has shown that using the arts for learning provides the best way to encourage higher level critical thinking by taking what students hear, see and/or read, and using music, dance, visual art, drama, film making or other arts disciplines to create new learning. Arts Partners' artists bring the "leveraged learning" process to reading, writing, math, science, social studies: all the core subject areas. This "leveraged learning" effect is even more profound in "at-risk" students. Because we believe that creative minds make communities better, Arts Partners is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students from early childhood through high school to learn in the arts and through the arts.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My classes and I always enjoy the presentors that are brought to our school thatnks to Arts Partners.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended a class that was offered in the summer concerning special needs children and diverse activities that could enhance their learning experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was very impressed when I visited a school and saw the program in action. The quilt display was colorful, creative, and most definately comprise the learning with art. Each child created a design which included percentage of each color. What a wonderful way to teach children to see math fun and every day

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners are extremely helpful and very customer-service friendly! They are wonderful partners for Wichita Public Schools and we are very lucky to have them as part of our team. The teachers, staff, and students in our district all benefit a great deal from their services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is so easy to work with. My first year of teaching, I really wasn't sure what they were all about. I had never even heard of them. I received an award to use Arts Partners for my classroom and have been a supporter ever since! They have wonderful, educational performances for my young preschoolers! Thank you Arts Partners!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art isn't simply important education; it is education. Art is the gymnasium of the mind, body, and spirit. It is the place where we can totally address every element of ourselves; it doesn't matter what the content is. (Loren Hollander)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners came to our school and did a math/art collaboration. The students really enjoyed seeing a different side of math and our school came away with an amazing mural that will last many, many years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is an absolutely wonderful resource in our community. As an Educator, I am always looking for ways to enliven my curriculum and to create powerful classroom experiences for students that make learning "stick", and Arts Partners provides just that. For many years now, Arts Partners has, on a yearly basis, provided professional storytellers to conduct two day workshops, to assist students in the art of storytelling, in celebration of their family histories and cultural legacies. The storytellers not only provide entertaining performances, but they also coach students in how to improve their extemporaneous speaking and to use their imaginations. Because public speaking is a life long skill, and the art of storytelling develops critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence, students benefit immeasureably.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has provided invaluable resources to our schools. Students have the opportunity to experience learning through multiple artistic avenues, which deepens their understanding while making learning fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I am an administrator who has used Art Partners for years. I am disappointed that they keep using "performer" Shawn Reida. He slaps a new title to his low rate magic act and tries to pass it off as a new show with educational value. I will not be using Art Partners as long as they continue to use "educational" shows like this!

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aimee artspartnerswichita 11/02/2012

We are sorry that you had a less than satisfactory experience with one of our teaching artists. As “an administrator who has used Arts Partners for years,” you are aware that we routinely send out evaluations to schools after an artist has presented a program. Upon checking our records, we do not find an evaluation for this artist that indicates an issue with the program. We always welcome constructive feedback on our programs. We encourage you to call the office so we can discuss this further.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group who does incredible projects with school children as well as others. As a receiving school I have been very impressed with their presenters and the professionals that give of their time to work with students. I have seen two projects go from planning to completion, one was a friendship circle that was sculpted by the fifth graders. The artist then took it and did a pour then mounted the sculpture to a raw piece of tree stump and it was placed in front of the school building. The other project was a tile project, again from brainstorming to completion. There were two concrete supports in the school lobby, again the fifth graders designed and prepped the tiles with the help of the artist and the art teacher then the tyles were placed around the supports. I would highly recommend Arts Partners!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Does a great job trying to connect all aspects of our world to the Arts. It has done a wonderful job supporting students and teachers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts and Partners is an amazing benefit to the community!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am relatively new to Arts Partners, but from what I have seen so far, I am thoroughly impressed. They have a great staff and group of supporters who are passionate about helping kids learn. What could be better than that?!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is small but mightly with a passionate staff team and dedicated teaching artists. They touch the lives of so many students and teachers in a very positive way. Their commitment to making art accessible is commendable; but even more so, is their unique approach to using art as a teaching tool for subjects across the curriculum. Too often our educational system is singularly focuses in teaching styles for children when children are very diverse in how they learn. This program makes an impact in the lives of so many children and opens their minds to subjects in a new and engaging way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners Wichita partners with the school district and community to engage students, educators and artists at all levels in meaningful learning strategies and experiences that literally change their lives and thinking in a positive way. They provide opportunities to cultivate creativity and innovation for college and career readiness, promote students' interest and enthusiastic engagement in learning, not only about the arts but in other subjects such as literacy, STEM and ICT, and facilitate interactive experiences that help students understand and apply knowledge and skills that are portable, memorable and relevant to learning across the curriculum and in life. The sustained commitment and high quality of instructional activity consistently exempliefied in the Arts Partners programs are rarely available at this level and scale and they are worthy of being recognized as a model non-profit organization that makes invaluable contributions to their community, region and the field.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former teacher / counselor I realize the importance of arts in the schools. This organization helps bridge the gap for those programs that are being lost to budget cuts and funding. This is a well run vital nonprofit and Wichita and surrounding schools are so fortunate to have them as a resource .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many children have the opportunity to work hand in hand with an artist to create a long lasting Art Work for their school. Many have made ceramic tile pieces which have also used math skills within the project planning, interdiciplinary to be sure. What a great experience for the children and the artists to many years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts Partners provides the highest quality arts-in-education programming available in Kansas. Their executive director, Katie Lynn, is a nationally respected leader in the field.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped with a new fundraiser called Arty Party and was so impressed with the leadership, staff, other volunteers and artists involved. I was happy to be involved as it felt we were really needed and I was pleased with how the event went. Hopefully it can be an annual event, and become an important piece of their marketing and development efforts.