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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.